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Sports Report SoCal:
Not one person gave the Los Angeles Lakers a chance against the “western conference frontrunner” Los Angeles Clippers, especially without Kobe Bryant in the starting line-up. But as it turns out it wasn’t the starting line-up that would prove to be the difference maker. The starting five sat out the entire fourth quarter while the bench players dropped 41 in the fourth to put the Clippers away for good.
The starting 5 seemed to start hot but mainly it was Pau Gasol who scored 13 points in the first quarter. Steve Nash and Steve Blake combined for only 9 points, but Nash still looked somewhat healthy while on the court. But Nash’s minutes are being limited every game and the Lakers were looking to find answers while he rides the bench. Some names came up.
Jordan Farmar, who is used to the bright lights in the Staples Center after being a member of the recent championship teams in 2009-10, came back better than ever looking like a veteran as opposed to the quick shooter and runner from those earlier teams. He scored 16 points and recorded 6 assists in his first game back but his comeback was spoiled by Xavier Henry who exploded for 22 points in his first game ever as a Laker off the bench including 12 in the fourth quarter helping the Lakers finally pull away in the fourth.
Shawne Williams got his first start for the Lakers as well last night but went 1-5 from the field and only got 3 points and 3 rebounds. However Jordan Hill came off of the bench and scored 12 points along with securing 8 rebounds, 7 offensively and Chris Kaman also got 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds so it is unlikely Williams remains the starter much longer if his performance doesn’t spike soon.
Jodie Meeks was the other player who stood out last night dropping 3 of the 14 Lakers 3-pointers and finishing with 13 points. So the Lakers had 7 players in double figures and those players didn’t include Bryant or Nash. If Mike D’Antoni can get these young players to buy-in to his strategy and his experienced players to hold the fort until the mamba returns, they could be a legitimate playoff threat when Kobe returns.
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After the second night of a back-to-back yesterday in Golden State, the Lakers were given the day off today. Luckily for them, today is Halloween.
A few members of the purple and gold got involved in some Halloween festivities and gave us a glimpse of their night via Instagram.
Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vannesa, went for a “Zorro” look this evening:
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During the game, Klay hit a jump shot in the third quarter over Steve Blake and decided to cool down his hot hand by blowing on it:
Thompson image courtesy of Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 116 – 103. Sorry Clipper fans, you still aren’t the best team in LA. I know how much you want to be. Since I was doing the BadCulture Radio show, I didn’t have a chance to see my Lakers put a whoopin on our little brothers, the Clippers. Below is the Associated Press report: LOS ANGELES (AP) – Xavier...
Xavier Henry scored a career-high 22 points, Jordan Farmar added
16, and five Los Angeles Lakers reserves surged past the Los
Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for a surprising 116-103
victory in both clubs' season opener Tuesday night.
Final Score – Golden State Warriors (1-0) 125 – Los Angeles Lakers (0-1) 94 Lakers Starting 5 – Steve Blake, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks, Shawne Williams, Pau Gasol Warriors Starting 5 – Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Igoudala, David Lee, Andrew Bogut Recap - I would like to give full disclosure before starting ...The post Golden State Warriors light-up the L.A. Lakers...