LAL 127, Knicks 96: 3/25 Running Diary

New York Knicks v Los Angeles LakersBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s home contest against New York with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Johnson, Hill and Kaman
Knicks: Felton, Smith, Anthony, Stoudemire and Chandler

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SECOND QUARTER

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FOURTH QUARTER

Injury Update: Gasol, Henry and Nash

ts_140324xavierhenry670Lakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol, who did not play the second half vs. Orlando because of dizziness and nausea, is being considered doubtful for Tuesday’s game vs. New York.

Should Gasol not be able to play tomorrow, coach Mike D’Antoni said Chris Kaman would start in his place.

Henry Expected to Play Through Pain


Another Laker who is battling an injury of his own is Xavier Henry, who injured his left wrist on a fall during the third quarter vs. Washington. Henry maintains he will play through the pain, however.

“I was going to play anyway,” Henry said. “The good news is it’s (torn). I feel like with that mindset, I can’t do too much worse to it, so now it’s just go out there and be myself.”

The Kansas product said he feels discomfort, regardless of whether he’s on the court or not, but believes there is no reason to sit out as long as he can tolerate it.

“(I feel pain) all day,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I have the ball or if I don’t. It hurts. If I can play with it, I’m going to play.”

Nash’s Return Questionable
Steve Nash, who returned vs. Washington after being sidelined the previous 15 games, also did not suit up on Sunday.

He has played in 11 games overall this year, battling the same nerve issues since last year after fracturing his lower leg in the second game at Portland on Halloween.

“We’ll check and see tomorrow, but probably doubtful at this time just to be cautious,” D’Antoni said. “He worked out on his own (today). He said he’s feeling better, but doesn’t know. He’ll push a little bit tomorrow morning and then we’ll make a decision.”

Injury Update: Pau Gasol

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemPau Gasol did not play the second half of the Lakers-Magic game because of dizziness and nausea. According to team spokesman John Black, Gasol received three liters of IV fluid and spent the night in the hospital for precautionary observation.

“He was dizzy in the first half, went back in the dressing room, came back, finished the half,” coach Mike D’Antoni said postgame. “They were trying to give him an IV and he was real dizzy and he couldn’t go.”

Prior to Sunday’s game, Gasol had posted four double-doubles in the last five games, and was averaging 20.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, plus 1.7 blocks in March.

An update on Gasol’s condition will be given sometime on Monday.

Lakers-Magic Postgame Numbers

Orlando Magic v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 103-94 win against Orlando:

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Minutes for Pau Gasol, who did not start the second half because he was feeling dizzy and nauseous. Postgame, team spokesman John Black said Gasol received three liters of IV fluid and would remain in the hospital overnight for precautionary observation. An update will be given on his condition on Monday.

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Plus-rating for Jordan Hill, who finished with a career-high 28 points, plus 13 rebounds. It was Hill’s third career game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, all of which have come this season.

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Assists for Kent Bazemore, a career high. With Jordan Farmar (groin), Steve Nash (hamstring) and Xavier Henry (wrist) all sidelined, Bazemore helped facilitate the offense off the bench in backing up Kendall Marshall.

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Steals for Jodie Meeks, a career high. He also added 13 points in a team-high 40 minutes, while also helping with ball-handling duties as most of the team’s playmakers were out with injuries.

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Four-point plays for Nick Young this season after he converted one late in the first quarter. He scored 26 points to lead the Lakers bench, a feat he’s accomplished in 34 of his 42 games off the pine this year.

LAL 103, Magic 94: 3/23 Running Diary

Orlando Magic v Los Angeles LakersBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s home contest against Orlando with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Johnson, Hill and Gasol
Magic: Oladipo, Afflalo, Harkless, O’Quinn and Vucevic

FIRST QUARTER


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FOURTH QUARTER

Injury Update: Xavier Henry

Washington Wizards v Los Angeles LakersLakers Injury Report sponsored by UCLA Health SystemXavier Henry, who injured his left wrist in Friday’s game vs. Washington, underwent an MRI and the results showed a torn ligament. He will be examined by a hand specialist on Monday and an estimated timetable for his return will be given at that time.

Earlier at Saturday’s practice, coach Mike D’Antoni believed Henry to be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game vs. Orlando, pending the MRI results.

Henry played 23 minutes on Friday and recorded 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. He was coming off one of his best games of the season vs. San Antonio when he poured in a team-high 24 points.

The Kansas product had previously missed almost two months with a bone bruise and an abnormality of the lateral meniscus before returning at Portland on Mar. 3.

Nash, Henry Game-Time Decisions vs. Orlando

140322_DAntoniSteve Nash, who saw court action for the first time since Feb. 11 vs. Washington, did not participate in practice on Saturday. Instead, he underwent treatment, and is being considered a game-time decision for Sunday’s game.

Nash played 19 minutes on Friday, and finished with five points, 11 assists, four rebounds and three steals. He was very effective in his return – finishing at a plus-eight – but exited for good with 2:14 left as a precautionary measure.

“For Sunday’s game we’ll be cautious,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “If he feels good, he’ll play. If there’s any doubt, he won’t.”

Nash has played in only 11 contests overall this season, battling the same nerve issues since last year after fracturing his lower leg in the second game at Portland on Halloween.

Xavier Henry was also a non-participant in practice as he underwent an MRI on his left wrist. D’Antoni said he will also be a game-time decision, pending the results. Henry scored 12 points off the bench vs. Washington and was coming off one of his better games of the season on Wednesday vs. San Antonio when he tallied a team-high 24 points.

Because of so many injuries this year, the Lakers have trotted out 30 different starting lineups. The coaching staff hinted at another possible change for Sunday’s game, with Wesley Johnson (over his upper respiratory infection) moving back into the three spot, plus Jordan Hill sliding in at the four.

Lakers-Wizards Postgame Numbers

Washington Wizards v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 117-107 loss against Washington:

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Assists for John Wall this season, as he finished with 14 for the second straight contest. Wall also registered 28 points, four rebounds and two steals.

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Points for Nick Young, which tied for a team high with Jodie Meeks. Young played for the first time since Feb. 23, and made 7 of his 16 field goals, including 4 of 9 from beyond the arc.

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Minutes for Steve Nash off the bench in his first game action since Feb. 11 vs. Utah. Nash also added five points, four boards and three steals. With his double-digit assist outing, Nash (10,307) now needs 28 dimes to surpass Mark Jackson (10,334) for third-most all time in NBA history.

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Rebounds for Jordan Hill, plus nine points and four blocks in his return from a six-game absence (knee). Hill was particularly effective in the second quarter when he recorded six points, eight boards and three blocks (most by a Laker in a quarter this season).

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Three-pointers for Washington, out of 25 attempts (40.0 percent). Bradley Beal drained four, while Trevor Ariza and Wall added two apiece for the second-best three-point shooting team in the league.

LAL 107, Wizards 117: 3/21 Running Diary

Washington Wizards v Los Angeles LakersBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s home contest against Washington with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Bazemore, Gasol and Sacre
Wizards: Wall, Beal, Ariza, Booker and Gortat

FIRST QUARTER


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FOURTH QUARTER

Sacre’s Defensive Impact

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles LakersTrailing 22-13 at the 5:18 mark of the first quarter, coach Mike D’Antoni inserted Robert Sacre, Xavier Henry and Kent Bazemore into the game.

That trio single-handedly sparked a Lakers rally and cut what was once an 11-point deficit to just a single point by halftime. In 11 first-half minutes, the Sacre-Henry-Bazemore group finished as a plus-11 and combined for 29 points (19 from Henry), 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals.

“Sacre is a big energy guy, always someone you can rely on to give you confidence to help you out and just being a good teammate,” Nick Young said. “To see him out there and all the hard work he put in – getting shots (up) and film after practice – you love to see a guy like that blossom.”

Come the fourth quarter, D’Antoni played Henry and Bazemore the entire 12 minutes, while Sacre was paired with Pau Gasol down the stretch. In 26 minutes off the bench, the big man from Gonzaga grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds, while anchoring the Lakers defense down low.

“He definitely came in and changed the complexion right off the bat,” D’Antoni said. “That’s what we kind of look at, not individual stats. On a bad team, somebody has to score 20 points, so who cares? But he came in, changed the complexion, picked up our defense, energy and talking and did a lot of good things.”

In the second quarter, the Spurs were limited to 35.7 percent field goals and 23 points, after 35 points and a 58.3 percent mark in the opening frame. Much of that was attributed to Sacre’s presence defensively. Even alongside Gasol, D’Antoni liked that pairing up front enough to where the coaching staff will look to use that combo more down the stretch of the season.

“We saw it in practice the other day,” D’Antoni said. “Robert has improved enough to where we can still score with those two bigs on the floor and our defense does pick up. It’s something we’ll try going forward with.”