Lakers Vs. Jazz: Los Angeles Gets First Road Win In Salt Lake City, 90-87 In Overtime

Kobe Bryant overtook the NBA scoring lead and is now averaging 30.3 points per game.

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Lakers Schedule 2012: Cavs, Clippers, And Mavs In L.A. For The Weekend

The Los Angeles Lakers have had a heavy schedule of games so far this season, one of four teams to play 12 games so far this season. Luckily for them, eight of the 12 have been home games, which has helped them to an 8-4 record and first place in the Pacific Division. This long holiday weekend continues that trend for the Lakers, with three games in Los Angeles in four days.

Friday: Cleveland Cavaliers (5-5) at Lakers: Byron Scott and Cleveland comes to town on the second night of a back-to-back set, having beaten Phoenix 101-90 on Thursday night. This is the sixth game of a seven-game road trip for the Cavs, who are 3-4 away from home this season.

Saturday: Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers (5-3): The first showdown at Staples Center that counts is a hot ticket in Los Angeles, as the Clippers are coming off the high of their overtime win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Clippers will have two days of rest while the Lakers will be on the second night of a back-to-back.

Monday: Dallas Mavericks (6-5) at Lakers: The NBA continues its tradition of a nearly full slate of games on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, with 11 games scheduled throughout Monday, ending with the Lakers facing the defending champs on TNT.

For more Lakers news and information, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Injury Update: Steve Blake Suffers Costochaondral Fracture, Day-To-Day

The Los Angeles Lakers, as usual, have some weakness at the point guard position. Derek Fisher seems bound to start forever, regardless of how much his level of play will probably drop off soon. Thankfully, Steve Blake seems to be playing much better, which should ensure better production from that spot on the floor.

But there might be a setback in his play in the interim. Blake suffered an injury in his last two games with the Lakers, and it's not looking like one of those minor ones that he'll just be able to walk off.

Steve Blake had an MRI today that showed he has a costochaondral fracture. He'll be re-evaluated Fri or Sat & is listed as day-to-day.
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A costochaondral frac. is a fracture of the cartilage that connects the rib to the sternum. Suffered the inj vs. PHX, aggravated it vs. UT.
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Ouch. That injury sounds painful, and likely one that'll probably linger until he's properly healed. Blake will probably have to sit out, giving his minutes to rookie Darrius Morris. Los Angeles is running low on their depth, which probably means more reliance on the old guys, particularly old reliable Fisher.

To discuss Blake and the Lakers, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll.


NBA All-Star Game 2012: Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum Leading Respective Positions In Western Conference

The NBA released the first batch of All-Star ballot returns on Thursday, and the Los Angeles Lakers figure to be well represented at Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday, February 26. Kobe Bryant leads all Western Conference players in votes, poised to be named a starter for the 13th consecutive season, while Andrew Bynum has a massive lead over Western Conference centers.

Bryant, who currently leads the league in scoring at 30.3 points per game, has received 690,613 votes, making him the top guard in the West. Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers has received 540,173 votes, with Ricky Rubio a distant third among western guards at 133,520 votes. Bryant is a 13-time All-Star and has been named All-Star Game MVP four times, including last season.

Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic leads all vote-getters in the NBA with 754,737 votes, looking to start his fifth consecutive All-Star contest.

Bynum has averaged 17.1 points and 13.9 rebounds thus far for the Lakers, and has received 496,597 votes to lead all west centers. DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers is second among pivot men with 134,961 votes. Pau Gasol is fourth among Western Conference forwards with 185,428 votes. Gasol has made four All-Star Games in his career, including each of the last three years, his three full seasons with the Lakers.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Kobe Bryant Overtakes LeBron James For NBA Scoring Lead In Win At Utah

The Los Angeles Lakers finally won a road game on Wednesday night, defeating the Utah Jazz 90-87 in overtime at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, thanks in large part to Kobe Bryant and his 40 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. The win was the fourth straight victory for the Lakers, who stand in first place in the Pacific Division at 8-4.

It also continued a recent scoring binge from Kobe, who overtook LeBron James for the NBA scoring lead. Bryant has a scoring average of 30.33 points in 12 games, compared to 29.0 points per game through 10 games for James. Bryant has delivered the top three individual scoring performances in the NBA this season in his last four games.

Kobe Bryant Last Six Games
Date Opp FG FT 3-Pt Pts
Jan 3 Houston 14-29 7-9 2-7 37
Jan 5 at Portland 13-24 4-5 0-4 30
Jan 6 Golden State 13-28 12-14 1-3 39
Jan 8 Memphis 11-22 3-6 1-5 26
Jan 10 Phoenix 18-31 12-13 0-3 48
Jan 11 at Utah 14-31 11-11 1-3 40
Totals 50.3% 84.5% 20.0% 36.7

Bryant has averaged 36.7 points per game in his last six contests, and has 109 career games of 40 points or more. The Lakers host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night at Staples Center.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Jazz: Los Angeles Squeezes Out First Road Win In OT, Final Score 90-87

Kobe Bryant scored 40 the night after scoring an NBA season-high 48 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over the Utah Jazz 90-87 in overtime Wednesday night at the Energy Solutions Arena, the first road win for the Lakers. It was the second strait 40+ point game for Bryant, and his fifth 30+ point game in the last six days.

Neither team was able to get much of an advantage in the first half, as Bryant and Paul Millsap were the only players in double digits. The rest of the players on the court did finally get involved in the third quarter, and at the start of the fourth quarter the two teams remained close. Unable to differentiate themselves, the teams headed to overtime.

Overtime was just as much of a seesaw battle as regulation, with Kobe Bryant still running much of the Laker offense. The key play was made by the Laker defensive leader Andrew Bynum, who got one of his five blocks on the Jazz' second to last play with the Lakers only up one. The subsequent free throws were hit, and then Kobe Bryant blocked the desperation three point attempt with .7 of a second left on the clock.

Pau Gasol scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his fourth consecutive double-double. This included an overtime three pointer that had the bench jumping.

Paul Millsap finished with 29 points and 9 rebounds for the Jazz in a losing effort. Josh Howard came alive in the second half and scored 18 points. Devin Harris had five assists for the Jazz, but only three points.

The Lakers head back home to Los Angeles, where they'll welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, before a "road" battle against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Jazz: Los Angeles Trails By 1, Kobe Bryant Has Scored 21

Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in the first half, but the Los Angeles Lakers are still sleepwalking and trail the Utah Jazz 42-41 at halftime Wednesday night at the Energy Solutions Arena. The only player beside Bryant with more than four points is Paul Gasol with six.

The Lakers didn't get in until three o'clock in the morning Mountain Time, so it's understandable if they're still feeling a bit jet lagged. The Lakers actually outscored the Jazz 26-23 in the first quarter. The fatigue started to show in the second quarter as the Jazz closed that three point deficit and outscored the Lakers 19-15.

Paul Missap leads the Jazz with 14 points, and is the only other player in double figures as his teammates have also had an off night shooting. Only looking at the shooting percentage, both teams appear to have hot hands with the Jazz shooting 44% and the Lakers 45%. However, with Bryant scoring more than half the Laker points in the first half, it's more the case that nobody else is shooting.

The game has been somewhat sloppy, as the teams have combined for fifteen turnovers. The key to the second half will likely be which team can be better at protecting the ball, and which team can find a way to get the rest of the team involved. Kobe Bryant can't carry the team on his own for two consecutive nights.


Lakers Vs. Jazz: Kobe Bryant Was First To 40

Kobe Bryant scoring an NBA-season high 48 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 99-83 last night was not only a great personal milestone, but it sets some league records as well. Before tip-off on Tuesday, 131 NBA games had been played, and not one player had reached the 40 point mark. Since the advent of the shot clock, this is the farthest into a season the NBA has gone without a 40 point scorer. The old "record" was 68 games.

Bryant's 48 points, at the age of 33 years 140 days, is the most by a player at least that old since Michael Jordan scored 51 points at the age of 38 as a member of the Wizards. Bryant is in his 16th season, is the first player to score 48 or more points that late in his career. Michael Jordan held the old record scoring 48 in his 14th season.

Last season, Bryant eclipsed the 40 point mark three times (139-137 3OT win 3/22 vs. Phoenix (42 points), 92-95 loss 11/28 vs. Indiana (41 points), 96-109 loss 1/30 vs. Boston (41 points)). In the 09-10 season, Bryant eclipsed the 40 point mark eight times. The Lakers are 74-34 all time in games where Bryant scores 40+ points.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Jazz: Game Time, Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Lakers have yet to win on the road this season, and will look to get their first road win Wednesday night as they travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz in a Pacific Division battle. Here are the relevant details of Wednesday's game:

Records: Lakers (7-4), Jazz (6-3)

Location: Energy Solutions Arena

Time: 6:00 p.m.


Offensive: Average Points: Jazz 92.9 (20th); Lakers 95.0 (14th)

Defensive: Lakers 90.0 (tied 3rd); Jazz 95.1 (tied 16th)

Free Agent Trio MIA: The Lakers three preseason free agent acquisitions will be off the roster for the second consecutive game. Troy Murphy (gastroenteritis) didn't travel with the team, Josh McRoberts with his sprained big toe and thumb is doubtful, and Jason Kapono is not with the team for personal reasons.

Back to Back: Tonight's game is part of a back to back set with the Suns and Utah. The Lakers will play 18 sets of back to back games, last year the Lakers played an NBA low 15 back to back sets. 30% of the Lakers' games this year will come without a day of rest.

For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Jazz: Josh McRoberts Still Doubtful, Probable Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Lakers are going for their first road win tonight, but despite Kobe Bryant and Paul Gasol playing through injuries they are still without Josh McRoberts. The Jazz have been strong at home, as has been the norm with many NBA teams not yet road conditioned. McRoberts is listed as having a strained left big toe and left thumb.

It's the Lakers' first Wednesday game of the year, and their third road game the day after a home game. Here's a look at the probably starting lineups for both teams Tuesday night. Remember, it's Mountain Time so the action begins an hour early:

Lakers (7-4)

Forward: Matt Barnes

Forward: Paul Gasol

Center: Andrew Bynum

Guard: Kobe Bryant

Guard: Derrick Fisher

Jazz (6-3)

Forward: Gordon Hayward

Forward: Paul Millsap

Center: Al Jefferson

Guard: Raja Bell

Guard: Devin Harris

Tuesday night's 6:00 p.m. PST game will be televised by KCAL. For more news and information on the Lakers, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Jazz: Los Angeles Looks For First Road Win In Salt Lake City

The Lakers have to prove they can win one on the road, as they try to get their first victory away from home against the Salt Lake City Jazz

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