Lakers Vs. Magic: Dwight Howard Delivers Another Road Loss To Lakers

The Lakers have lost their last four regular season trips to Orlando.

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Lakers Vs. Magic Game Recap: Are The Lakers Broken?

The good news for the Los Angeles Lakers is that they don't have another road game for another week. The Lakers have a pair of home games in the upcoming week before hitting the road again, where Los Angeles is an un-Laker-like 1-6 away from home. The latest loss came Friday night in Orlando, where Dwight Howard was a man among boys in the 92-80 win for the Magic.

The question is, are the Lakers broken? It is a quandary that C.A. Clark tried to ponder at Silver Screen and Roll. The two-day Florida road trip, which also included a 98-87 loss to LeBron James and the Miami Heat, made Clark wonder whether or not the Lakers measure up to the best in the league. "Through all the highs and lows this team has gone through in the past few seasons, they have rarely been outclassed so thoroughly as they have in the past 48 hours," Clark noted.

The top of the Lakers' roster is on par with other championship contenders, as Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Pau Gasol remain among the very best at their positions. But the rest of the roster in purple and gold is, frankly, filler, said Clark:

The only guys on the Lakers roster who can drain an outside shot are the team's biggest defensive liabilities ... Troy Murphy and Jason Kapono might be able to keep defenses honest, but they cause more problems than they solve. Metta World Peace played only 8 minutes on a night in which neither Matt Barnes nor Kapono were doing anything noteworthy. Darius Morris is getting 15 minutes a game in Steve Blake's absence and quickly quieting all those folks who thought he should be pushing Derek Fisher for playing time ... you look at this roster and can't help but think there are no good answers to be found.

The team's offensive problems were known heading into the season, which is why David Stern's vetoing of the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers all the more devastating. Still, with Howard still the big prize on the market via trade, there is a glimmer of hope of the Lakers improving the roster.

However, Clark offered a sobering thought about a potential acquisition of the superstar center, writing "If the Lakers trade for Dwight Howard, they will simply be a better version of themselves. Seeing the way this team plays on a daily basis, that sure doesn't seem like it would be good enough."

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


Lakers Vs. Magic Final Score: Dwight Howard Controls The Middle In 92-80 Orlando Win

For the second straight night, the Los Angeles Lakers were dominated by a superstar in Florida. On Friday night at Amway Center, Dwight Howard scored 21 points and grabbed 23 rebounds as the Orlando Magic beat the Lakers 92-80 in a game that really wasn't that close.

The Lakers scored just 10 points in the opening quarter, falling behind 22-10 after just 12 minutes, a deficit from which they never recovered. Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and dished out eight assists to lead the Lakers, who shot just 38.2% from the field for the game.

The loss dropped the Lakers to a paltry 1-6 on the road this season, including three straight losses away from home. Andrew Bynum scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but was limited to just six field goal attempts and 26 minutes thanks to foul trouble. Pau Gasol also had a double-double for the Lakers, with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but was also more of a jump shooter on the night, making just four of 12 from the field.

All five Orlando starters scored in double figures, including 17 points from Jameer Nelson. The Magic made 12 three-pointers in the game, and improved to 6-2 at home this season. Orlando outrebounded the Lakers 51-42.

The Lakers return home to host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night at Staples Center, where the Lakers have won nine straight games as the home team.

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


Lakers Vs. Magic Game Score: Dwight Howard Dominates, Orlando Leads 48-31 At Halftime

The Los Angeles Lakers have failed to show up on a second consecutive night in Florida, trailing the Orlando Magic 48-31. The Lakers are shooting an appalling 29% from the field, 1-8 from behind the three point line. Meanwhile, the Magic are shooting 41% from the field and 40% from behind the arc.

Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers in scoring with 15 points. Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson have 10 each from the Magic, and Howard already has a double double with 15 rebounds. Paul Gasol's contribution was going to be key in this game, and he's been held to four points, Andrew Bynum only has one.

The two big men have combined from 11 rebounds, but it's clear Howard's presence in the paint has thrown of the Lakers' interior game. Paul Gasol and Andrew Bynum both shooing 0% from the field is not going to get it done.

For more on this game, check out Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Magic: Game Time, TV & Streaming Info, And More

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers look to rebound from Thursday's loss in Miami as they face Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic at Amway Center in Orlando. Here are the relevant details of Friday night's 2009 NBA Finals rematch:

Records: Lakers 10-6; Magic 10-4

Location: Amway Center in Orlando

Time: 5 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN and, with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Lisa Salters on the call. Locally, the game will also be on KCAL, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call.

Offensive Efficiency: Magic 107.5 points per 100 possessions (sixth in NBA); Lakers 101.8 (19th)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers 98.5 (sixth); 102.0 (15th)

Streaks: The Lakers have lost three straight regular season games in Orlando; The Magic had a five-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night with an overtime loss at home to the San Antonio Spurs.

Road Woes: The Lakers are just 1-5 on the road this season, and dating back to last season are 4-10 in their last 14 road games, including the playoffs.

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


Dwight Howard Trade: Talks Between Lakers, Magic On Hold Per Report

According to the Los Angeles Times talks between the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic ti make a trade for All-Star big man Dwight Howard remains on the ‘back burner,’ as discusses between the two teams haven’t occured ‘for a while now.’

These two have had talks for a while now, potentially for a Andrew Bynum/Dwight Howard swap. Howard, 26, is a free agent at the end of the season if he opts out for the end of his current contract.

Kobe Bryant reportedly has had a recent phone call with Howard, which one person with knowledge of the situation said Bryant let him know it i still his team, and dwight would be the second-option in LA.

As for Bynum, the rumor mill is nothing knew for him, and when asked if these discussions bother him, the 24 year old was very candid:

"It did in the very beginning," Bynum said in a quiet moment after the team’s Thursday morning shoot-around. "I don’t really care anymore. I’ll play anywhere. I don’t care. I just want to go out and play well. That’s the one thing I really want."

The trade deadline is March 15.

For more on the Lake Show, head over to Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Magic: L.A. Concludes Road Trip Against Dwight Howard, Orlando

The Lakers have lost their last three regular season trips to Orlando.

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