|Last 5 Games||4-1||+3||2-2||2-3||97.8||49.6||46.2%||52.8||93.6||48.4||45.1%||46.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||102.1||51.8||37-81||45.8%||9-25||35.5%||19-28||68.9%||54||12||22||18||7||15||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.4||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||101.5||50.5||36-81||44.6%||9-25||35.4%||20-29||71.4%||53||11||20||18||7||15||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.1||51.8||40-87||45.4%||7-21||35.7%||14-19||72.9%||51||12||23||23||8||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.4||49.5||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.8%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||104.7||54.0||41-88||46.6%||8-21||38.2%||15-20||73.6%||52||12||23||23||8||13||5|
|Last 5 Games||0-5||-5||0-4||3-2||93.0||47.6||44.6%||46.0||108.6||59.4||51.4%||48.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||97.7||47.6||37-82||44.9%||8-23||35.1%||16-21||77.6%||49||11||22||19||7||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.2||49.4||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||99.5||47.9||37-82||45.5%||8-23||33.7%||17-22||78.2%||50||11||22||19||7||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.3||50.7||39-83||47.2%||6-18||33.9%||16-21||75.6%||50||11||24||19||8||13||4|
|vs opponents averaging||98.5||49.6||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-23||75.4%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||98.3||50.5||38-82||45.9%||6-18||30.4%||17-23||76.0%||50||11||23||20||9||13||3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 96, PORTLAND 96|
|3/5/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||105-122||L||9.5||L||214.5||O||31-77||40.3%||59||16||46-96||47.9%||48||2|
|3/6/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||108-102||W||-2||W||204||O||38-78||48.7%||42||11||38-88||43.2%||59||17|
|3/25/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||103-109||L||1||L||205.5||O||36-91||39.6%||60||9||43-90||47.8%||59||11|
|4/7/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||95-109||L||4.5||L||199||O||33-76||43.4%||42||11||42-84||50.0%||55||10|
|4/10/2013||@ PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/8/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||136-106||W||11.5||W||201.5||O||53-86||61.6%||48||10||44-84||52.4%||32||12|
|3/10/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||96-98||L||-3.5||L||195||U||37-76||48.7%||38||11||40-86||46.5%||50||13|
|3/24/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||83-103||L||11||L||207||U||32-79||40.5%||42||17||43-82||52.4%||53||10|
|3/30/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||98-125||L||9.5||L||200.5||O||33-86||38.4%||46||10||47-87||54.0%||57||10|
|4/10/2013||LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||OKLAHOMA CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|LA LAKERS: GUARDS: Coach Mike Brown will reportedly turn the offensive gameplan over to STEVE NASH, but it's tough to picture a smooth transition after so many years of iso-heavy play in L.A. Don't be surprised if Nash has a tough adjustment . . . KOBE BRYANT will also have to learn to play with the ball out of his hands more often. He still figures to force some hold-and-wait basketball when he can . . . STEVE BLAKE will be in the old Derek Fisher role, coming off the bench to shoot corner threes . . . CHRIS DUHON and DARIUS MORRIS will battle for that No. 3 point guard spot . . . JODIE MEEKS will back up Bryant and provide some long-range shooting off the bench . . . The young guys, ANDREW GOUDELOCK and second-rounder DARIUS JOHNSON-ODOM, will bounce between the bench and the D-League. FORWARDS: If L.A. redesigns their offense to fit Nash, PAU GASOL should thrive. He's adjusted his game to fit with Kobe's iso play, but Gasol can make the passes and cuts to create quick buckets in a Euro-style offense . . . METTA WORLD PEACE looked done early last season but rebounded for a solid second half. He's a distant fifth option on offense, but can still defend . . . ANTAWN JAMISON will likely fill a sixth-man role. His skill set is too narrow to play a lot of minutes with the starters . . . JORDAN HILL is in the rotation. He did a nice job rebounding and clearing out space last year . . . DEVIN EBANKS figures to be bumped out of the rotation by Jamison. CENTERS: DWIGHT HOWARD's back remains a bit of a concern, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit out a handful of regular season games. But when he plays, he'll put up the same kind of monster production that he had in Orlando . . . ROBERT SACRE will be lucky to make the roster.|
|PORTLAND: GUARDS: Portland will turn point guard duties over to rookie DAMIAN LILLARD. The leap from Big Sky Conference to NBA will be a big one, but Lillard is an efficient scorer who can manage the offense . . . WESLEY MATTHEWS is more of a glue guy. He can't create his own offense, but he can heat up as a streaky catch-and-shoot guy . . . RONNIE PRICE should emerge as Lillard's top backup, a role he's filled at numerous stops . . . Second-rounder WILL BARTON could emerge as a rotation player. He's a versatile wing who must prove he can play off the ball . . . SASHA PAVLOVIC will play both the two and three, and can still stroke it from long distance . . . NOLAN SMITH, a misstep of the last regime, is a fringe roster player . . . ELLIOT WILLIAMS, a defensive-minded combo guard, tore his Achilles in mid-September and expects to miss the entire season. FORWARDS: LaMARCUS ALDRIDGE had a couple of health scares over the past six months, but he should enter the season 100 percent. He's clearly Portland's best player . . . NICOLAS BATUM felt rightly disrespected by his secondary role in Portland. All signs point to a bigger role in 2012-13 . . . VICTOR CLAVER is an athletic scrapper who won't do much offensively even if he does get big minutes . . . JOEL FREELAND could become their first big man off the bench . . . JARED JEFFRIES is still relevant as a defensive specialist . . . The highlight of LUKE BABBITT's career might be that mention on Onion:Sportsdome. CENTERS: J.J. HICKSON is a black hole on offense and a liability on defense, but he can score and rebound, which is good enough to be the starting center in Portland's weak frontcourt . . . MEYERS LEONARD might not be quite ready for 30-plus minutes, but he'll have to learn on the fly due to Portland's lack of veteran bigs. He has some long-term upside as a 7-footer with some nice athleticism and touch inside 10 feet. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (LA LAKERS-PORTLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Lakers-Trail Blazers Preview* ==============================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (41-37) at Portland (33-44), 10:00 p.m. EDT
With the regular season winding down, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers control their own destiny.
Making the playoffs, though, likely won't prove easy with a difficult schedule down the stretch.
Though they are facing a Portland Trail Blazers team riding its longest losing streak in seven seasons, the Lakers are seeking a rare win at the Rose Garden as their postseason push continues Wednesday night just 24 hours after a hard-fought victory.
Los Angeles (41-37) is coming off its fourth win in five games, 104-96 over New Orleans on Tuesday. That result, combined with Utah's loss to Oklahoma City, moved the Lakers into the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Tuesday's game saw Los Angeles trailing well into the fourth quarter, during which Bryant scored 23 of his 30 points.
"I really was just trying to pace myself," Bryant said. "I know fatigue comes in when you play so many minutes. So, I really just tried to lay back and manage the game and turn it on at the right time."
Pau Gasol added 22 points to go with 11 rebounds, and Metta World Peace played 15 minutes off the bench in his first game after missing six following left knee surgery.
"We just needed this game," Dwight Howard said after scoring 19 points. "It was intense. We got four games left. We control our own destiny."
Los Angeles now sits one-half game ahead of the Jazz, who own the tiebreaker due to a better head-to-head record. Utah, though, only has three games remaining.
The Lakers, however, are 2-8 on the back end of games on back-to-back nights. While Wednesday's game is their last on the road, the Lakers conclude their schedule against three playoff-bound teams - Golden State, West-leading San Antonio and Houston.
Los Angeles has won back-to-back meetings and four of five against the Trail Blazers (33-44), but they've lost three straight and 12 of 14 at the Rose Garden. Plus, the most recent meeting went down to the wire even though it was at Staples Center, as the Lakers won 111-107 on Feb. 22.
Portland had lost six straight going into that matchup and enters this one having dropped eight in a row. The Blazers have been outscored by an average of 15.8 points during the current skid, their longest since 2005-06.
After trailing by as many as 26 points Sunday against Dallas, Portland clawed its way back to within three with 39 seconds left but lost 96-91.
"That's a step up from what we've been doing. We finished the game better. But I don't believe in moral victories," said star rookie Damian Lillard, who had 15 points on 6-of-19 shooting.
While things aren't looking up for the Blazers, rookie Will Barton proved to be a rare bright spot Sunday, posting season highs of 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists off the bench.
The second-round pick out of Memphis could draw his first start Wednesday in place of the injured Wesley Matthews (ankle).
"Anytime you're a guy coming off the bench, and you never know when you're going to play, your job is just to stay ready," he said. "Everyone on the team says I've got a special talent. You've just got to wait your turn sometimes."
Besides Matthews' absence, the Blazers could be without Nicolas Batum, who has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury. J.J. Hickson is listed as questionable due to a sore back.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 10:19:41 PM EST|