Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 2/25/13
 Los Angeles Lakers (28-29) vs. Denver Nuggets (35-22) 9 p.m. The Lakers are making their run. By golly, all the bluster and promises that their season starts now -- or is it now? -- is starting to come true. Dwight Howard said he did not have his conditioning right at the beginning of the season and has begun getting more comfortable or accepting the fact that he will not feel completely comfortable this entire season with his back and shoulder injuries. Now he is setting hard screens and looking much more aggressive on defense. That is the key for the Lakers to turn this thing around. And riding high after a big road win over Dallas, Los Angeles has a lot to feel good about right now. The Lakers are 8-3 in the last last 11 games and have significantly closed the gap for the eighth seed in the West. They now sit only 3.5 games behind the Rockets for that final Playoff spot. Los Angeles is just continuing to go down the path and salvage this season. And Kobe Bryant remains the important cog. The straw that stirs the drink, so to speak. He led the Lakers to that emotional victory in Dallas on Sunday and has continued to defy all odds and perform at his scoring best even as it seems like he should be slowing donw. Perhaps things are beginning to click for Los Angeles. Or perhaps this is all a flash in the pan against weaker competition. Whatever it is, the Lakers have found a formula finally. And they will need to test it out and hope it sticks once again out in Denver. Other Storylines to Watch -Kenneth Faried has had a strong start to his career. He was recognized at All-Star Weekend for his hustle and energy in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge and in the Slam Dunk Contest (where he actually did not do half bad). Faried's biggest accomplishment has been as one of the first NBA players to support gay marriage and homosexual equality. He spoke candidly about his stance with NBA.com recently. -As we have mentioned numerous times today, don't wake the sleeping bear. Mark Cuban needled Kobe Bryant and his status with the Lakers and immediately regretted his decision. Not even Dirk "Baxter" Nowitzki could talk that bear down. Bryant turned in an insane performance, scoring 30 points and shooting 60 percent from the floor for the first time in his career. Even Kobe can reach new heights, I guess. Tonight's Other Games Washington Wizards (17-37) vs. Toronto Raptors (23-33) 7 p.m. The Wizards were apparently in trade negotiations with the Clippers and had an offer on the table to re-acquire Caron Butler in exchange for Trevor Ariza. Donald Sterling apparently put the kibash on that, opting to keep Butler in Los Angeles rather than bring Ariza in. Looks like the Wizards may keep shopping for a while. Atlanta Hawks (31-23) vs. Detroit Pistons (22-36) 7:30 p.m. Josh Smith said he is feeling much more comfortable now that the trade rumors have stopped. Sources told HoopsWorld that Atlanta backed out of all Smith deals less than 10 minutes before the deadline. Smith will finish the year out in Atlanta, beyond that is a complete and utter mystery. Atlanta is in the playoff hunt and that is where the team will continue play. But John Paxson seems fine with losing Smith in free agency and Smith is looking forward to cashing in... if he still can. Boston Celtics (29-27) vs. Utah Jazz (31-25) 9 p.m./NBATV There are still moving pieces on these two two rosters. D.J. White is still not cleared to play as he finishes his paperwork in his signing. He will wear No. 12 when he is finally cleared. Raja Bell is also still on the moving line. Bell has not played at all this year and is seeking a buyout from Utah. That appears to be close and then Bell needs to find someplace to play. There are reportedly more than a few takers. [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 unheralded NFL players set to make a major impact in Week 12

Top 10 matchups for Week 12 of the NFL season

Tyrann Mathieu says Blaine Gabbert has a ‘better grip on what’s going on’

NCAA frees Kansas blue chipper Cheick Diallo

Rockets hold in-season training camp in attempt to rebound from disastrous start

Kansas City Chiefs: No Jamaal Charles, no problem


How the Warriors can win 72 games

Frank Gifford suffered from CTE, family announces

Syracuse basketball gets one scholarship per year back

LeBron James says his back feels better than it did a year ago

Sean Payton on firing Rob Ryan: Status quo ‘would be madness’

Report: Blue Jackets listening to offers for Ryan Johansen

5 outrageous predictions for Week 12 of the NFL season

How the Detroit Lions became the face of football on Thanksgiving Day

The 10 most disappointed fan bases of the 2015 college football season

Jimmy Butler wants Mason Plumlee to pay his $2,500 fine

Jose Bautista's bat flip inspires a holiday sweater

The Kristaps Porzingis comparison project

What’s next for Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns?

Gisele Bundchen asks Tom Brady ‘all the time’ why he still plays football

Highlighting the biggest NFL games of Week 12

Greg Olsen calls Jason Witten 'the epitome of a pro'

Are Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux growing apart?

Stop sleeping on Giannis Antetokounmpo

Worst-case scenarios for end of college football season

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 matchups for Week 12 of the NFL season

The 10 most disappointed fan bases of the 2015 CFB season

Gronk: Takes mental toughness not to overeat on Thanksgiving

Blue Jays fans create website in effort to keep David Price

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker