Young Draining Triples

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles LakersWhile his teammates were struggling to get going on offense in Tuesday’s loss to Portland, Nick Young … was not. He drained 15 of his 26 shots – including his first eight – to drop 40 points, thanks in no small part to a bunch of three-pointers.

Young hit six of his 13 three-point attempts, cooling down only in the second half after he hit three of his first four, keeping pace with a recent trend of half of his FGA’s coming from three.

Since returning from injury on March 21, Young’s averaging 20.9 ppg off the pine (up from 16.8 prior), and was attempting 48.2% of his FG’s from 3 before 13 of his 26 vs. POR. He’s hitting 46.3 percent of his bombs in that stretch (35.3% prior). Below is a shot chart of his efficiency from beyond the arc in his last seven games, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.

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That 40-spot is second only to the 42 points Jodie Meeks put on Oklahoma City on March 9.

Lakers-Blazers Postgame Numbers

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 124-112 loss against Portland:

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Points for Portland’s two All-Stars in LaMarcus Aldridge (31 points, 15 rebounds, six assists) and Damian Lillard (34 points, eight assists). Both scored 16 apiece in the second half when Portland outscored L.A. by 10 to pull away for the win.

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Minutes for Pau Gasol in his return from a four-game absence (vertigo). Gasol recorded nine points, seven assists, four rebounds and two blocks starting alongside Chris Kaman. “I am a little fatigued, he said postgame. “I wasn’t feeling too well before the game so I’m glad I got through it. I talked to the doctor and hopefully it’s going to continue to get better.”

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Assists for Steve Nash, to go along with 10 points and four rebounds off the bench. Nash (10,323) is now 12 dimes shy of surpassing Mark Jackson (10,334) for third all-time in assists in NBA history. The Santa Clara product tweaked his ankle during the game, however, and acknowledged he likely wouldn’t play at Sacramento.

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Straight field-goals made by Nick Young towards a season-high 40 points (15 for 26 field goals, 6 for 13 three-pointers). Young was three points shy of his career-high 43 set during the 2010-11 season while he was in Washington.

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Different starting lineups for Portland this season compared to 33 for the Lakers, in large part due to injuries. The Blazers used the same five-man unit through the first 53 games this year, which tied for the sixth longest streak in NBA history.

LAL 112, Blazers 124: 4/1 Running Diary

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

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Bazemore, Kaman and Gasol
Blazers: Lillard, Matthews, Batum, Aldridge and Lopez 

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Gasol Probable to Play vs. Portland

ts_140331paugasol670After missing the last four games because of vertigo, Pau Gasol practiced in full on Monday and is being called probable for Tuesday’s game against Portland.

“We’ll see,” Gasol said of his prospects playing vs. Portland. “We’ll see how my body reacts when I get up tomorrow after the exercise today. I’d love to.”

In his last game action vs. Orlando last Sunday, Gasol played 19 minutes, but did not come out for the second half after experiencing dizziness and nausea.

“It was frustrating,” Gasol said. “You don’t really know why it happened, you can only guess after all the tests are done. So, I just had to let it calm down and get back to a normal life and get through a workout and practice like I did today. It wasn’t any contact, but I got through it pretty good. I’m not any worse than when I started, so that’s a good thing.”

Gasol had been sidelined 10 games earlier this year due to a strained groin and an upper respiratory infection. The doctors could not determine, however, if his condition is in any way related to the illness that affected him during the first half of the season. The Spaniard recalled post practice how he’s felt over the last week while trying to recover.

“Just really light-headed, dizzy and drowsy state for five or six days at home without really moving much,” Gasol said. “Just laying and letting my system readjust. It was scary. It was a scary moment for me and my family and the ones that love me.”

In his place, Chris Kaman was inserted into the starting lineup after not playing the previous 10 games. Kaman is coming off a 28-point, 17-rebound, six-assist outing vs. Phoenix.

Although Gasol might return to the court, the Lakers will likely be without Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar. Henry (wrist and knee), who has missed the last two games, is being called “doubtful.” Henry suffered a torn ligament in his wrist against Washington on Mar. 21 and missed the following game vs. Orlando, but suited up vs. New York and at Milwaukee. Henry also missed nearly two months earlier this season with a bone bruise in his right knee.

Farmar, who was diagnosed with a moderate groin strain on Mar. 18, has been sidelined the last seven games. According to team spokesman John Black, Farmar will see a doctor either later today or Tuesday, at which point an update will be given on his status. He is being called “doubtful” vs. Portland.

Lakers-Suns Postgame Numbers

Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles LakersWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 115-99 win against Phoenix:

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Points for Phoenix’s starters (60 for the bench). The backcourt duo of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe combined for just 27 points on 7 for 25 field goals and 2 for 11 from beyond the arc. “It’s an entire team effort,” Kendall Marshall said. “Those guys are extremely hard to guard one-on-one, and we were rotating when (the) bigs were showing hard. We were showing multiple bodies, and it discouraged them from making plays. It’s a total team effort when it comes to that.”

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Percentage of field goals made by Phoenix (35 for 91), including just 22.2 percent (8 for 36) from beyond the arc. Prior to the game, the Suns had converted at least 50.0 percent of their shots in three of their last six.

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Plus rating for Chris Kaman, a team high. Kaman scored a season-high 28 points (13 for 19 field goals) and also tied season marks of 17 rebounds and six assists. Below is a shot chart of Kaman’s efficiency from the floor, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
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Assists for Marshall, to go along with 13 points, plus three steals. It was Marshall’s first double-double since a 20-point, 16-assist outing on Feb. 19 vs. Houston.

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Wins over Western Conference playoff bound teams this month for the Lakers (at Portland, vs. Oklahoma City, vs. Phoenix). L.A. also defeated New York on Tuesday, a squad one game back of the final spot in the East.

LAL 115, Suns 99: 3/30 Running Diary

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

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Bazemore, Hill and Kaman
Suns: Dragic, Bledsoe, Tucker, Frye and Plumlee

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Lakers-Wolves Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Minnesota TimberwolvesWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 143-107 loss at Minnesota:

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Percentage of field goals made by Minnesota, a franchise high. The Wolves’ hot shooting propelled them towards a franchise-high 143 points as seven players reached double figures.

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Plus-rating for Nikola Pekovic, a team high. Pekovic returned to the starting lineup after missing six games (ankle) and scored 26 points on an efficient 9 of 10 shooting from the floor and 8 of 8 free throws.

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Minutes for Robert Sacre, tying a career high. Sacre scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards (a career high six on the offensive end) for the second straight game.

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Assists for Steve Nash in 15 minutes off the bench. Nash started the second half in place of Kendall Marshall and played for the first time since Mar. 21 vs. Washington.

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Career triple-doubles for Kevin Love after he posted 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in just 29 minutes. It was the first time in franchise history a player has recorded a triple-double in less than 30 minutes.

LAL 107, Wolves 143: 3/28 Running Diary

140328_hillBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest against at Minnesota with comments drawn from Mike Trudell’s @LakersReporter Twitter account, to ensure you’re covered from start to finish:

Starters
Lakers: Marshall, Meeks, Bazemore, Hill and Kaman
Wolves: Rubio, Martin, Brewer, Love and Pekovic

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Lakers-Bucks Postgame Numbers

Los Angeles Lakers v Milwaukee BucksWe broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 108-105 loss at Milwaukee:

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Games missed due to injury/illness for both teams combined. The Lakers (256) and Bucks (218) rank first and second in the league, respectively, in that category. As such, L.A. has used 32 different starting lineups this season, while Milwaukee has used 26.

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Percentage of field goals made by Milwaukee, as all but one of their players – Jeff Adrien – hit at least 50 percent of their shots. Since the All-Star break, the Bucks rank sixth in the league in terms of offensive efficiency (108.6).

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Points for Brandon Knight on 12 for 21 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 4 from the three-point line. In two games vs. the Lakers this season, Knight averaged 33.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals on 58.7 percent field goals and 41.7 percent from the three-point line.

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Second-chance points for the Lakers. They held a plus-five edge on the glass overall and a plus-four advantage on the offensive glass, in large part due to Jordan Hill (16 rebounds, nine offensive).

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Offensive rebounds for Hill, a career high. Hill also had a career-tying 28 points, plus 16 rebounds. In the last four games, the Arizona product is averaging 18.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks on 69.8 percent field goals.

LAL 105, Bucks 108: 3/27 Running Diary

140327_lakersBelow is a running diary of L.A.’s road contest at Milwaukee 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
Bucks: Knight, Sessions, Middleton, Adrien and Pachulia

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