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  1. Dwight Howard aggravates shoulder injury, leaves game not to return

    Jan 23, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    What else could go wrong for the Lakers? How about a return of the injury bug? With less than two minutes left in the second quarter, Dwight Howard aggravated the torn labrum shoulder injury that had kept him out three games earlier this month. He did not return to the game. The severity of the…

  2. Wednesday And-1 Links: Justin Beiber meets Michael Jordan. And twitter explodes.

    Jan 23, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan Justin Beiber

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Justin Beiber — that would be 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game MVP…

  3. Earl Clark making the most of his opportunity with the Lakers

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters,  Earl Clark

    Earl Clark was supposed to be nothing more than an afterthought for the Lakers this season. But a concussion to starting power forward Pau Gasol has opened the door for Clark to contribute, and he’s made more than expected of his opportunity thus far. Clark was a throw-in as part of the trade that brought…

  4. Lakers’ backs against wall after Thunder hands L.A. sixth straight loss

    Jan 12, 2013, 2:21 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Antawn Jamison

    “I told the team that the biggest thing is that our season starts Sunday,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said after the latest in a parade of losses. “And we have got one run and have one shot at it and they need to get ready mentally and physically.” That is the sound of a desperate…

  5. Lakers reserve big Jordan Hill needs hip surgery, out for season

    Jan 11, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

    Jordan Hill, Kris Humphries

    Friday night Jordan Hill showed up in street clothes to Staples Center and didn’t look good limping down the hall. Slowly. It hurt to watch him walk. Turns out it was with good reason — he needs hip surgery and will be out for the season, the Lakers reported. After seeing the team doctor and…

  6. Gasol out for Lakers still, Earl Clark to start against Thunder

    Jan 11, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    Earl Clark

    Hey Earl Clark, really good game for the Lakers against the Spurs the other night. Well done. Your reward: Cover Kevin Durant Friday night. The Lakers need to start winning games fast if they want to even make the playoffs (they need to go 30-17 the rest of the way to get to 45 wins,…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers defense shuts down Heat

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Indiana's Paul George dribbles against Miami's LeBron James during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out “who was the hot girl in that commercial?”… Rockets 125, Lakers 112: The Lakers were without any of their main bigs — Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are all out injured — so…

  8. Another loss puts Lakers in deep hole to even make playoffs

    Jan 9, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    For the past five years, it has taken at least 45 wins to make the playoffs in the Western Conference (technically Utah had 36 wins last season because of the lockout, but that was a 45-win pace). Coming into Tuesday night, Denver was the eight seed in the West and they are on pace for…

  9. Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol injured, out indefinitely for Lakers

    Jan 7, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Because Kobe Bryant needed an excuse to take more shots… The Lakers will be without big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill on a two game, back-to-back road trip against Houston and San Antonio this week, but it could be more — both starters are listed as out “indefinitely.” Howard is out at…

  10. Lakers problems: It’s all about the defense

    Jan 6, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Pau Gasol cannot find his place in the Mike D’Antoni offense. Steve Nash is still clearly not fully used to his new teammates. The Lakers lack shooters. With all the talent the Buss family is paying a pretty penny (well, many pennies) for we all expected an exceptional offense from the Lakers. So it’s been…

  11. Report: Antawn Jamison is frustrated by lack of playing time, seeks explanation

    Dec 29, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison, Lamar Odom

    Antawn Jamison came to the Lakers to play an important role in the pursuit of winning an NBA championship. He took less money — signing for the minimum — because he saw the Lakers as his best shot to be a key contributor on a winning team after toiling on the hapless Cavs for the…

  12. Unimpressive Dwight Howard not helping his image

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Dwight Howard will be more than happy to tell you how he came back early from back surgery to help the Lakers. Doctors told him not to play until January but he pushed through pain so he could be out there from opening day for the Lakers. He’s clearly not yet 100 percent physically. He’s…

  13. Steve Nash returns, Lakers come from 14 down to get overtime win over Warriors

    Dec 23, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Lakers played far from their best game of the season on Saturday. But it may end up being one of their most important. L.A. showed true grit in this one, and playing at full strength for the first time since Oct. 31 with Steve Nash back in the starting lineup, came from 14 down…

  14. Report: Pau Gasol to return to practice, return targeted for Tuesday

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have been a punching bag through the first quarter of the season, taking beatings on the court in the form of losses and off the court in terms of media critiques. Injuries have been a big part of  their downfall with Steve Nash only playing in six quarters, Steve Blake also missing multiple…

  15. Kyrie Irving is back and sends Lakers to new low, new loss

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers Tyler Zeller during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game  in Cleveland

    If you’re a Lakers fan you have to believe that at some point they reach rock bottom and start to bounce back. It’s just that they hadn’t reached it yet. The Lakers offense took a vacation and their defense had no answer Kyrie Irving and the result of all that is the Lakers falling to…

  16. Video: Varejao beats Howard off bounce, posterizes Hill

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    Anderson Varejao, Kobe Bryant

    This was pretty emblematic of how the first half of the game went for the Lakers — their front line got outplayed. Midway through the third quarter Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill and Metta World Peace were a combined 4-of-19 shooting. And their defensive rotations were not much better. Watch Anderson Varejao (not the most fleet-footed…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bucks tried to give up 29 point lead, hang on to beat Nets

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Mirza Teletovic, Jerry Stackhouse

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching some goat farmers win the Amazing Race… Jazz 117, Lakers 110: The Lakers most passionate and probably best player was Jordan Hill. That’s not a good sign. The Lakers defense was sad and Utah outworked them, we break it…

  18. Lakers defensive issues start at the top, lead to 117-110 Jazz win

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:07 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Utah Jazz are not the most talented team in the Western Conference, but they work hard. Every possession, every game. That is far more than the Lakers, who showed no passion or consistent effort on the defensive end. Starting with their stars and filtering down to everyone. The result of that sad effort was…

  19. Report: Pau Gasol to sit out against the Thunder

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    After sitting out the first two games of the Lakers three game road trip, there was a sliver of hope that he might try to play Friday night against the Thunder. The thought was that the extra rest may help his knees feel good enough to give it a go in what is certainly a…

  20. Wednesday And-1 links: David Stern broke the huddle at Saints Practice

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    David Stern Saints practice

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • David Stern broke the huddle with the Saints in New Orleans. We’re not…

  21. D’Antoni is not going to bench Howard during hack-a-Dwight

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It’s not about winning the battle, it’s about winning the war for Mike D’Antoni. That’s why he hasn’t done what a lot of Lakers fans are calling for — sub in Jordan Hill for Dwight Howard when the other team starts hack-a-Dwight. Both the Magic and Rockets were able to make fourth quarter comebacks against…

  22. Another game, another fourth quarter collapse, another Lakers loss, this time to Rockets

    Dec 5, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Greg Smith

    It boils down to this — the Lakers are not good enough right now for their stars to make mistakes and still win, while the Rockets were just good enough to exploit those mistakes. For two games in a row the Lakers have taken leads deep into the fourth quarter. Then blown them as the…

  23. Magic get ultimate revenge on Dwight Howard, beating the Lakers and humiliating him in the process

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis, J.J. Redick

    There really is nothing that could happen in one game for the Orlando Magic that could possibly make up for what Dwight Howard put them through a season ago, considering the way he forced his way out of town and left the franchise in a full-blown rebuilding situation. But for a single night, the Magic…

  24. Pau Gasol benched in latest Lakers loss, wants more touches in the post

    Nov 24, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike D'Antoni

    The Lakers have lost two straight after winning their first with Mike D’Antoni in place on the sidelines, and in both of those games, the frontcourt combination of Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol was completely shut down. The home win over Brooklyn was solid, but the loss in Sacramento was embarrassing, and the loss in…

  25. PBT Power Rankings: Heat start season on top, Bobcats in cellar

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh,Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It’s that time of year — the PBT’s NBA Power Rankings are back. Power Rankings before a single game is played are admittedly a bit silly, but then again the NBA has playoffs to determine which team is best so really all power rankings are silly and just for the entertainment value. It would take…

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