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Lakers can take positives from Clipper loss

  The Clippers beat the Lakers 107-102 Friday night. While the Lakers never led in the game, all wasn’t lost. The purp n’ yellow can take a lot of positives away from this one. 1. Mike D’Antoni can easily improve bench production. The Lakers’ worst stretch against the Clippers happened to start the 2nd...
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Hack-a-Howard nearly backfires for Clippers

  Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro, with his team up 99-91 and 3:42 left to play, called for his team to intentionally foul Lakers center Dwight Howard. The result was a 99-97 game with 1:29 to play. Not only did Vinny take his team out of rhythm by imploying the tactic, he also showed zero confidence...
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Lakers beat Warriors in instant classic

  The Lakers beat the Warriors in an instant classic on Saturday night, 118-115 in overtime. They came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half and showed a lot of confidence in Mike D’Antoni’s gameplan. The contest reminded me of the electricity of that 2001 contest that featured 50 point games by both Kobe Bryant...
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How are the Warriors doing it?

  The Golden State Warriors are rolling right now at 17-8. They returned from a 6-1 road trip to get yet another win at home on Tuesday night. This team had a slow start to the season due to injuries: Andrew Bogut was out, then in, then back out again…Stephen Curry was also slowed by that gimpy right ankle....
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It’s all about ‘D’ in OKC

  There was a distinct cloud hanging over ‘Loud City’ to start the NBA season. After a scary trade on the eve of Halloween which sent future free agent James Harden to Houston, many (including myself) were left wondering if the Thunder had blown their best chance to make one more championship run. There’s just...
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Heat return to more conventional lineup

  Miami Heat head coach has spent the past few months promoting what he calls “position-less basketball.” Translation? I don’t have a real center so let’s just go small. He’s been starting a career PF Chris Bosh at center, while rolling out perimeter players to help space the floor for Lebron James (oh, and Dwyane Wade)....
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Do Lakers finally get it?

  It wasn’t the Washington Generals, but it worked just the same. The Lakers only beat the Wizards by six points on Friday night, but there was a message sent. You just had to look for it. The first few minutes of the second half had me almost falling off of my couch. It was the...
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Grizzlies hope to end losing at Denver

As the Grizzlies fell to Phoenix Wednesday night, Brevin Knight kept comparing the lack of effort to that of the disappointing home loss to Denver last month. While there’s nothing the team can do about the Suns loss, they CAN exact some revenge on Denver Friday night.   If you liked watching Z-Bo wrestle with...
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Suns end losing, exact revenge on Grizzlies

  It was fitting that the Grizzlies lost to the Suns 82-80, considering that they gave up 19 offensive rebounds. It was also fitting that Goran Dragic made the game-winning bucket w/ .5 left, considering he missed a similar layup attempt on national TV last week. This game featured the end of one losing...
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Gasol will shine as Grizzlies visit Suns

  It’s hard to predict Wednesday’s Grizzlies-Suns contest. Memphis is by far the better team, but Phoenix is bound to end their losing streak (now 7) and likely to do it in a revenge game at home. After all, they fell to the Grizz in overtime last time. Despite Memphis coming off of a...
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Lakers must commit to D’Antoni Style

  Laker commentator Bill Macdonald made an interesting comment in Cleveland Tuesday night: “the word is out around the league, you wanna run this Laker team into the ground.” That’s shocking to hear about a Mike D’Antoni-coached team. Historically, his teams have always wanted that kind of game. The honeymoon period is long over in...
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Foul Game: Lakers defense isn’t that bad

  Laker Nation is in full suicide watch after losses to Orlando and Houston. Both games featured comebacks by the opposition fueled by the intentional fouling of Dwight Howard. The defense, too, has taken a hit in the media as the Lakers gave up 40 & 34 points respectively in both 4th quarters. I beg to...
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Injuries a good thing in Miami & Memphis?

  In a long NBA season, things rarely go as planned. Injuries come at the most inopportune times and can change a team’s fortunes, both short and long term. Sometimes, though, losing a player to injury can actually be a good thing in the big picture. When the Miami Heat added Rashard Lewis this summer...
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The Indiana Pacers are ‘Spurs East’

  George Hill isn’t the only thing that the Indiana Pacers got from the San Antonio Spurs. Watch just a few offensive possessions at Conseco…I mean, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and you’ll see a lot of similarities to the Spurs offense. Coach ‘Pop’ has gotten much luv the past few years for switching to more of a motion offense. It’s taken pressure off...
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Forget L.A., It’s all about Memphis

  Following Friday night’s 106-98 victory over L.A., Mike Conley called the Lakers “one of the best teams in the world.” So does that make the Memphis Grizzlies one of the best teams in in the universe? They are, after all, leading the Western Conference with a record of 9-2. They’ve validated it by...
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