After what may be one of the best games the Lakers have played all season against the Pelicans, the Lakers could not keep the momentum going against the Denver Nuggets losing 111-99. The Lakers played great throughout the game against the Pelicans but were very inconsistent in what was the second of back to back games.
Mike D’Antoni went with the same starting lineup and Jordan Hill continued to look great showing a lot of aggressiveness. However, as a team, the Lakers could not get going trailing the Nuggets most of the game. The Lakers would cut the lead down to as little as four points but Nuggets were not going to hand this game over. There were chances for the Lakers both in the third and a couple in the fourth quarter but they would get cold offensively.
Pau Gasol quietly worked his way into becoming the leading scorer for the Lakers with 25 points to go along with 12 rebounds and 3 assists. It seems like Hill will be staying in the starting lineup after getting 18 points and 15 rebounds. Hill was battling throughout the game for every rebound he could get his hands on even though getting into early foul trouble. With Steve Nash out for at least two weeks, Steve Blake played well with 15 points and 11 assists.
The Lakers had trouble containing both Kenneth Faried, who scored 21 points, and Ty Lawson with 19. Off the bench for the Nuggets Timofey Mozgov had 23 points to lead the team and 9 rebounds. The Lakers will play again on Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies who have recently been struggling.
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Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed fourth year shooting guard Xavier Henry. Henry played his college ball in Kansas before entering the NBA draft in 2010 where he was chosen 12th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies but has not been able to play at the level that many expected him to.
The 22-year old shooting guard has also played for the New Orleans Hornets(now known as the Pelicans) and last season played in the D-League for the Iowa Energy. In the NBA Henry has averaged 4.5 points per game and 1.8 rebounds.
The Lakers this week have now signed Shawne Williams and Henry which makes it 14 players signed going into training camp. The Lakers have one more roster spot open for the season but can sign up to 20 players going into training camp. The players that the team has signed this off season have been players that will fit Mike D’Antoni’s style of play. NBA training camps will start on October 1st and it will be interesting to see who else the Lakers look to add before and what players will make it on the team.
(NY Daily News)
By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that they have officially signed free agent forward Shawne Williams. It was announced today by general manager Mitch Kupchak but the terms of the agreement were not released although it is believed he will make about $1.1 million.
Williams last played for the Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets(now known as Brooklyn Nets). He was also on the Portland Trailblazers but did not appear in the game.
The 27-year old has played under coach Mike D’Antoni back when he was on the Knicks. He has averaged 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds throughout his six years in the NBA. The former 17th overall pick played his college ball in Memphis where he was also born.
The signing comes on the same day forward Michael Beasley was waived by the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers had interest in Beasley and planned to acquire him after trading Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol for Chris Paul but the trade was later vetoed by David Stern. Talks were circulating around the web whether the Lakers should look to take a chance on the troubled forward after being waived.
Lamar Odom who has also run into trouble remains a free agent. Odom recently received a DUI and there have been numerous reports of him using drugs. Many Laker fans were hoping for Odom to make a return to the Lakers but it was looking less likely throughout the summer.
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By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers got a much needed win at the Staples Center against the Memphis Grizzlies beating them 86 to 84. With only six games remaining in the regular season the Lakers need to pull away from the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks. The win did not come easy for the purple and gold as the Grizzlies came close to taking the game into over time as time expired.
Kobe Bryant led the game for the Lakers scoring 24 points and dished out 9 assists. Bryant continues to play heavy minutes for the shorthanded teams playing 43 minutes, more than anyone else on the floor played tonight. Pau Gasol has continued to show consistency putting up great numbers scoring 19 points against his brothers’ team. Both Antawn Jamison and Earl Clark scored 13 points each off the bench. Dwight Howard did get it going in the game being in foul trouble and only scored 9 points. Steve Blake who started in place for the injured Steve Nash managed the floor well and scored two big 3 pointers. Jodie Meeks had a quiet night in the starting line up replacing Metta World Peace scoring 2 points.
Steve Nash will continue to rest up with no word if he will be ready in time for the next game. Metta World Peace seemed to be having a good recovery as he tweeted out earlier in the day “My first day of running today went excellent.” With the Laker injuries right now they have been playing with just seven players getting minutes. Kobe Bryant has felt the heavy minutes looking tired late in the game as he missed a couple of shots to pull away from the Grizzlies late in the fourth quarter.
The Lakers remain at the 8th spot just half a game over the Utah Jazz who beat the New Orleans Hornets keeping them in the fight for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Next up for the Jazz are the Golden State Warriors. The Dallas Mavericks are right behind the Jazz, 3 games behind the Lakers and also won tonight against the Sacramento Kings. The last few games left in the season will be must wins for all these teams with their shot at the playoffs being at stake. Up next for the Lakers is a big game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. The Clippers are looking to sweep the season series, while the Lakers look to show they will be a threat in the playoffs if they indeed make it.