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With nine wins in their last 12 games, the Los Angeles Lakers -- yes, the same Lakers who had 17 wins halfway through the season -- have leapfrogged the Utah Jazz for the No. 8 seed.
If the playoffs started today, the San Antonio Spurs would draw these Lakers in the first round. Los Angeles can still leapfrog to the sixth seed if they can catch Golden State, who are two and half games ahead.
Danny Green, meanwhile, isn't too afraid of the Lakers.
Aint no1 scared of dem lol knock it off RT @iamchrisneal: Spurs trying to avoid us in them playoffs they already know what it is #Lakeshow
— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) March 13, 2013
It's worth nothing: The Lakers, if healthy, still pose a difficult matchup for the Spurs. Though the Lakers aren't quite the juggernaut they could have been, San Antonio shouldn't be excited for this potential matchup.
But their recent streak could be in danger. Kobe Bryant, tasked with a third of the Lakers' possessions according to Basketball Reference, sprained his left ankle in last night's loss at Atlanta. The 17-year veteran is out indefinitely though he did not need crutches after the game.
Buoyed by an aggressive Bryant, averaging 30.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and seven assists since beating Boston at Staples, the Lakers scored 105.8 points per game -- a smidgen below the third-ranked Denver Nuggets (105.9). Dwight Howard chipped in 17 points and 15 boards a game, too. Steve Nash was an effective, albeit under utilized, offensive fulcrum.
Without Bryant and Pau Gasol, the Lakers will need to manufacture points through the pick-and-roll. Howard and Nash, presumably, will be the lynchpins of the offense. Playing without Kobe is a rarity for Los Angeles and with good reason; while the defense yields a solid 100.9 points per 100 possessions in his absence, according to NBA.com/Stats, the offense devolves into a less efficient version of the Washington Wizards.
Since Mike D'Antoni is head coach, defense is not a priority. With the Jazz sputtering, losing eight of their last 10, the playoffs are still a realistic preposition even if Bryant is sidelined for a couple of weeks.
But anything more doesn't seem likely. Especially if they play San Antonio, whose offense will disorient an already disoriented defense.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Do you agree with Green?
BEST OF MAXIM
Before the San Antonio Spurs narrowly escaped a 92-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, I caught up with current Mavs forward and former North Carolina Tar Heel Brandan Wright.
Wright played one season at North Carolina in 2006-2007. One of his teammates during that tenure was Spurs shooting guard Danny Green, who attended North Carolina from 2005-2009.
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Much has been made about Los Angeles Lakers big man Dwight Howard and his return to his former homecourt in Orlando.
On Tuesday, Howard lived up to his Superman persona scoring 39 points and 16 rebounds in the Lakers victory over a a Magic team that is currently the worst in the NBA.
Please click here to read this story and watch video from Howard's evening
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The Los Angeles Lakers held their annual Casino Night Sunday after a victory against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers Casino night is a star-studded event presented by OneWest Bank and Pechanga Resort & Casino. This event is held for a great cause, as it is the biggest fundraiser for the Lakers Youth Foundation. The Lakers Youth foundation helps inspire children in Los Angeles Communities...
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Stak5 and rapper Bun B took the stage and did what they do best - bringing the house down on the mic.
INSULT TO INJURY
The NBA posted a statement on its website that said a foul should have been called on Dahntay Jones on the play that resulted in Kobe Bryant's ankle injury.
LeBron James ... Blake Griffin ... DeAndre Jordan ... move over and let a 36-year-old show you how it's done.
OK, so maybe it's not a massive, high-flying circus-style dunk ... but it's entertaining none-the-less.
On a night where the Spurs forward Tim Duncan decided to turn the clock back a decade, he found himself on the scoring end of a very entertaining play.
Even without Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs still occupy the top position in the Western Conference. But curious results lately against mediocre teams suggest that spot is far from safe.
The Spurs hope to correct their issues and welcome back their starting forwards as they seek their first season sweep of the visiting Dallas Mavericks in 15 years Thursday night.
Tweet With the South by Southwest (SXSW) festivities taking place in Austin, Texas this week, Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs and his brother Luke decided to put on a benefit concert for their charity. The Bonner brothers’ event is called “Sneakers and Speakers.” One of the acts that they invited to perform was [...]
ORLANDO Perhaps it's time to retire the talk that the Orlando Magic need to retire Dwight Howard's old jersey number.
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Tim Duncan had 28 points and 19 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 92-91 victory over Dallas on Thursday night, sweeping their season series with the Mavericks for the first time in 15 years.
Gary Neal added 16 points and Kawhi Leonard had 12 for San Antonio, which has the Western Conference's top record at 50-16.
Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points and 11 rebounds for...
Go ahead and put the name Kobe Bryant into the search box here at hecmanhoops. Go ahead, don’t be shy, it’s fun! Try it and see what comes up. Actually, I’ll save you the trouble, you’re not going to find much. There’s nothing to ever report! Other than his stellar fantasy lines anyway and where’s the fun in writing about something you already knew. What possible insight...
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We also talk about the puzzling losses to the Portland Trail Blazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves. At what point is it time to worry about these fluke losses?
After scoring 11 points grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 8 assist against the Orlando Magic Kobe Bryant spoke to the media about Dwight’s return to Orlando, the “Hack-a Dwight” strategy, and keeping a rhythm as a team.
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