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Victor Decolongon/Getty ImagesWhat a Merry Christmas it was at the Staples Center as the Lakers extended their winning streak to 5 games and defeat the New York Knicks. This was the second game back for Steve Nash and experts who predicted he would not make much of a difference were dead wrong. Nash has made this Lakers team gel perfectly on the offensive end as Dwight Howard is slowly getting back to his old defensive prowess.The Lakers look to continue their strong play when the team travels to Denver on Wednesday night to face a Nuggets team seeking revenge after they got embarrassed by the Lakers less than a month ago. Dwight and Pau have been developing better chemistry while playing together which is exactly what the Lakers must have if they are going to contend for the title in June. Here are the grades for the Lakers’ Christmas W:Steve Nash: ACan’t say enough about the leadership and poise that Nash brings to this team. When the game is tight, Nash should have the ball and decide what the team will do instead of Kobe simply because Nash will make the best play instead of look to score. The best part is that the Nash/Howard and Nash/Gasol pick-and-roll will only get better as the season progresses.Kobe Bryant: A- Kobe took 10 shots in the first quarter and it seemed like he was going to get trigger happy like he did in Golden State on Saturday, but he stayed efficient and played his role well down the stretch. Kobe has now scored 30 points in 9 straight games and is quieting the doubters who believed the team could not win with Bryant scoring so many points.Metta World Peace: A-Even though Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, they were some of the toughest 34 he has had to score in his career. Metta was challenging Anthony on every trip down the floor and set the tone for the Lakers early and often. After getting torched by Melo in MSG the last time these two teams played, Metta bounced back with a vintage Ron Artest defensive showcase.Pau Gasol: B+Solid day for Pau as he put the nail in the Knicks’ coffin with his emphatic dunk that put the Lakers up by 5 with under 10 seconds left in the game. That strong finish was exactly what Laker Nation has been begging to see more of from the Big Spaniard for the last two years. When Pau is aggressive and attacks the basket, he is a force to be reckoned with.Dwight Howard: A-The stat sheet won’t show it, but Dwight was awesome on the defensive end all game long. Not only did Dwight protect the rim, but he also boxed his man out right after, which has been a problem for the Lakers all season long. While Dwight did not get many shots up, he did go 6 for 9 from the free throw line and that is what he must do in order to prevent teams from trying to “Hack-a-Howard”.Jodie Meeks: CTough shooting night for Jodie, but he brought the defensive intensity as usual and helped turn the game around for the Lakers in the 3rd quarter. It’s good to know that when his shot is not falling, the team can still rely on Jodie to play solid defense all game.The post Report Card: Knicks @ Lakers appeared first on Laker Nation.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA - When the story is written on the Lakers 2012-2013 season, the final chapter will likely be titled BSN-ASN as in Before Steve Nash-After Steve Nash.
Prior to the point guards successful return Saturday night against Golden State, the Lakers were spinning out of control, seemingly unable to put together minutes of consistency, let alone entire games. Their record...
Steve Nash has been back two games and everyone, including the Lakers, can see the difference the seasoned point guard has been for the Purple and Gold. In the game against the Golden State Warriors, he was able to get his teammates involved and still make some crucial shots. Against the New York Knickerbockers on Christmas Day, he really showed basketball fans he is still a...
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Not only did Dwight Howard have a tumultuous last season in Orlando, a new report indicates that his injury almost caused that season to be his last in the NBA.
The ability of Steve Nash to help run the offense may extend Kobe Bryant's career.
Steve Nash is back in the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup after seven weeks on the sideline, and he might see an old friend on the floor for the first time this season against the Knicks on Christmas Day. Forward Amare Stoudemire returned to practice last week. Coach Mike Woodson wasn't ready to declare Stoudemire ready to start, but the All-Star might be able to come back from...
Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
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It was only Steve Nash's second game back for the Lakers, his second game in that familiar Los Angeles uniform (well, Tuesday it was not the familiar uniform, but you get the phrase). He was never going to be a cure-all. Nash wasn ot going to come in to the Lakers...
Photo Credit: ESPN.GOMuch like the Lakers thus far, Dwight Howard hasn’t been much of himself this season. Recovering from back surgery last April that sidelined him for the rest of last season, Howard is still not 100% and won’t be for a couple more months. His play this season is not what many Laker fans had expected from what they remember in Orlando.Last night was another...
That puts us in late January. And this is crucial for the Lakers and Steve Nash’s legs.
See, Blake can space the floor and give Nash some much needed minutes of rest. Cause if the Lakers have any intentions of making a run in the playoffs, they’re gonna need Nash’s legs fresh.
Dwight Howard was ejected during the 3rd quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Nuggets after officials ruled a hard foul on Kenneth Faried a Flagrant 2 foul:
Dwight Howard was ejected Wednesday night during the third quarter of Lakers vs. Nuggets. Howard mushed Kenneth Faried in the face, earning a Flagrant 2 foul. Howard left the game with 12 points and seven rebounds. The Lakers eventually loss this one, 126-114 ending their 5-game win streak. After the game, Faried had this to say about [...]
Photo courtesy of Doug Pensinger, Getty ImagesA night after a big fourth quarter comeback to beat the New York Knicks, the Lakers found themselves in a hole they couldn’t get out of tonight against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers were down nine points after Corey Brewer hit a 3-pointer to end the third. In the fourth quarter, the Nuggets built that lead to 15 and had an answer for...