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LA LAKERS (16 - 32) at CLEVELAND (16 - 32)
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Wednesday, 2/5/2014 7:05 PM
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LA LAKERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-32-10.725-2126-21100.551.344.0%50.4106.253.545.7%57.5
Road Games8-19-4.314-1216-1099.451.743.3%49.6108.355.545.9%59.2
Last 5 Games0-5-5.61-43-299.850.443.2%47.4109.456.646.9%60.8
LA LAKERS Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)100.551.337-8444.0%9-2536.9%17-2376.0%501023206156
vs opponents surrendering100.250.237-8345.2%8-2135.6%18-2475.6%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)99.451.736-8343.3%9-2438.3%18-2475.7%501021207165
Stats Against (All Games)106.253.541-8945.7%8-2234.5%17-2471.6%5813251910124
vs opponents averaging100.950.738-8345.3%8-2135.8%18-2475.2%521122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)108.355.541-9045.9%8-2235.8%17-2471.6%5914262010136

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-32-1619-2922-2696.047.342.4%52.9102.251.545.8%52.3
Home Games11-12-2.312-118-1597.748.442.1%56.498.347.743.2%53.0
Last 5 Games0-5-5.60-52-392.849.041.2%45.0109.255.851.3%55.0
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)96.047.336-8642.4%7-2035.7%16-2274.1%531220207144
vs opponents surrendering100.150.237-8345.1%8-2136.0%18-2375.5%521122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)97.748.437-8742.1%7-2037.0%17-2374.4%561422197145
Stats Against (All Games)102.251.538-8345.8%9-2436.2%17-2277.0%521025207146
vs opponents averaging99.549.937-8344.9%7-2135.6%18-2375.6%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)98.347.737-8643.2%8-2532.3%16-2178.0%531125218146
Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 95.8,  CLEVELAND 95.1
LA LAKERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/27/2013@ UTAH103-105L4W199.5O40-8050.0%471440-8845.5%5215
1/7/2014@ DALLAS97-110L10.5L209.5U34-8142.0%561948-9053.3%4712
1/8/2014@ HOUSTON99-113L14T212P36-8840.9%551839-8645.3%719
1/10/2014@ LA CLIPPERS87-123L10L211U29-8434.5%532145-9248.9%618
1/15/2014@ PHOENIX114-121L11W214O43-9147.3%471749-10049.0%6017
1/17/2014@ BOSTON107-104W7.5W204.5O37-7450.0%541944-9944.4%477
1/19/2014@ TORONTO112-106W9W204.5O37-8046.2%37944-9048.9%5613
1/20/2014@ CHICAGO100-102L8.5W198O35-8342.2%552139-10238.2%6715
1/23/2014@ MIAMI102-109L12W209.5O40-8845.5%421145-7857.7%5918
1/24/2014@ ORLANDO105-114L2.5L210.5O41-9045.6%461139-8148.1%5815
1/26/2014@ NEW YORK103-110L6L210O39-7552.0%401143-9047.8%5211
2/4/2014@ MINNESOTA99-109L10.5W217U33-7941.8%411637-8344.6%6513
2/5/2014@ CLEVELAND              
2/7/2014@ PHILADELPHIA              
2/13/2014OKLAHOMA CITY              

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/28/2013@ BOSTON100-103L4.5W196.5O37-7946.8%471538-8345.8%5415
12/29/2013GOLDEN STATE104-108L7W206O38-9241.3%551542-9544.2%6017
12/31/2013@ INDIANA76-91L13L197U29-8036.2%571334-7744.2%4711
1/4/2014@ BROOKLYN82-89L6.5L192U29-7936.7%601131-7143.7%399
1/10/2014@ UTAH113-102W1W189.5O45-8354.2%51839-8148.1%4511
1/12/2014@ SACRAMENTO80-124L3.5L206.5U31-8038.7%461442-8151.9%5915
1/14/2014@ LA LAKERS120-118W-4L205O41-8846.6%57844-8452.4%4312
1/15/2014@ PORTLAND96-108L11L212.5U39-8943.8%511242-8847.7%5516
1/17/2014@ DENVER117-109W7W212O42-8847.7%591140-9243.5%5013
1/28/2014NEW ORLEANS89-100L-2.5L194U33-8041.2%481139-7452.7%4913
1/30/2014@ NEW YORK86-117L6.5L197.5O31-8735.6%471243-7656.6%5716
2/1/2014@ HOUSTON92-106L11.5L206.5U38-8743.7%421641-8051.2%5517
2/3/2014@ DALLAS107-124L8L205.5O37-8046.2%38944-8055.0%5113
2/5/2014LA LAKERS              
2/7/2014@ WASHINGTON              
2/12/2014@ DETROIT              
2/18/2014@ PHILADELPHIA              
2/21/2014@ TORONTO              
LA LAKERS: GUARDS: KOBE BRYANT is 35 and coming off a ruptured Achilles. Even if he is ready for the season opener (as expected), Achilles injuries have drained the athleticism out of younger men . . . STEVE NASH enters the year healthy, but the training staff has discussed a minutes cap for the 39-year-old point guard . . . NICK YOUNG could grab that other starting wing spot, opposite his boyhood idol. How those two gunners could co-exist is something we'd love to see . . . STEVE BLAKE looked good in this offense last season, but is strictly a back-up . . . JODIE MEEKS might shoot his way into a much bigger role this season . . . XAVIER HENRY will need to prove a lot to earn himself minutes . . . What are you complaining about, Lakers fans? You got JORDAN FARMAR back! FORWARDS: PAU GASOL should benefit from the departure of Dwight Howard, who never bought into head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense or even tried to mesh with Gasol. D'Antoni's up-tempo, Euro-style system is perfectly suited to Gasol's strengths. And when Nash sits, they can run a lot of sets through their big man . . . WESLEY JOHNSON will have a chance to grab the vacant small forward spot. The former No. 4 overall pick has been a big disappointment through three seasons, but he looked decent as a spot-up shooter last seasons . . . JORDAN HILL will be the first big man off the bench in a thin frontcourt rotation. He can rebound and clean up around the basket a bit . . . ELIAS HARRIS keeps the Gonzaga connection going . . . SHAWNE WILLIAMS has had success for D'Antoni, but he is far removed from his days contributing for the Knicks. CENTERS: CHRIS KAMAN is the consolation prize after Dwight Howard's departure. Yes, it's a monstrous downgrade talent-wise, but as a skilled 7-footer, Kaman at least fits D'Antoni's system better . . . ROBERT SACRE has a chance to develop into a useful back-up center.
CLEVELAND: GUARDS: There are some durability concerns, but KYRIE IRVING is on the verge of stardom. He should benefit from the arrival of Anthony Bennett, the kind of pick-and-roll weapon Cleveland has lacked . . . DION WAITERS is still a work-in-progress defensively, and this will likely be another developmental year. He might end up settling in as the leader of the second unit . . . JARRETT JACK seems likely to close out games, even if he doesn't technically start. He's a creative shot-maker who will play close to starter's minutes . . . C.J. MILES is more of a situational three-point threat. SERGEY KARASEV, a polished Euro import, could push him for that role . . . CARRICK FELIX doesn't figure to crack this rotation. FORWARDS: No. 1 overall pick ANTHONY BENNETT will see time at both forward spots, and he'll be a pick-and-pop weapon no matter where he's playing. The question is whether he'll defend well enough to stay on the court for 30 minutes . . . There should also be enough minutes for TRISTAN THOMPSON, who hasn't quite put it together. The 22-year-old has upside though, and is a bigger part of Cleveland's future than Anderson Varejao . . . EARL CLARK gives the Cavs a quality second unit player who can play extended minutes if Bennett is overmatched defensively . . . A starter last year, ALONZO GEE figures to be a second-unit glue guy, but might be looking at a lot of DNP-CDs. CENTERS: ANDERSON VAREJAO is once again healthy and once again trade bait. No matter what the starting lineup looks like, he'll play major minutes at the four and five . . . The Cavs are taking a flier on ANDREW BYNUM. With his knee problems, it'd be surprising if he could give them 20-plus good minutes per night . . . TYLER ZELLER is likely the odd man out until Varejao is dealt or Bynum gets injured.
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*Lakers-Cavaliers Preview* ==========================


Los Angeles (16-31) at Cleveland (16-32), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Having Steve Nash on the court for the first time in nearly three months wasn't enough to get the Los Angeles Lakers out of their funk.

The injury-riddled Lakers and slumping Cavaliers bring identical records and similar lengthy losing streaks into their matchup in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

Nash and fellow point guard Steve Blake were both back from long injury absences on Tuesday, but Kevin Love was too much for the Lakers (16-32) to handle in a 109-99 loss at Minnesota that extended their skid to seven and was their 19th defeat in 22 games.

The slide is Los Angeles' longest since a seven-game skid from March 2-15, 2007.

After missing 34 games because of a nerve problem in his back, Nash was in the starting lineup and finished with seven points and nine assists. The two-time league MVP logged 25 minutes - about 10 more than he was supposed to play.

"I feel a bit selfish in that we lost but it felt great just to play in the NBA again," said a smiling Nash, who will turn 40 on Friday. "Obviously the game didn't go as we hoped, but for me personally that's pretty cool to be back out there."

Coach Mike D'Antoni was pleased after Nash shot 3 for 6 with two turnovers.

"I thought he competed, and we've got to have everybody compete that way," he said.

Blake, who was playing for the first time since tearing an elbow ligament Dec. 10, was scoreless in more than 32 minutes, but chipped in six assists and five rebounds.

While Nash and Blake were in the starting lineup, the Lakers were without Pau Gasol, who sat out because of a strained groin and is expected to be sidelined for the final five games before the All-Star break.

Fellow forwards Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill also may be out against the Cavs (16-32) because of injuries. Meeks played fewer than 90 seconds against Minnesota before leaving with a sprained ankle, while Hill left later in the first quarter due to a neck strain.

With so many key players banged up, the Lakers' reserves will need to continue playing well. The team's starters scored 27 points against the Timberwolves compared to 72 from the bench. Nick Young led the way with 24 points, while Manny Harris added 19.

The Lakers' bench players average 41.0 points, among the most in the NBA.

"I just feel for those guys. I just was in their position," Blake said of Meeks and Hill. "Unfortunately it's a part of the game, and the rest of us have to pick it up."

Cleveland has also been dealing with injuries, though not nearly on the same level as Los Angeles. Center Anderson Varejao missed three games because of a left knee injury, but he returned Monday in a 124-107 loss to Dallas that was the team's fifth in a row.

Varejao had 10 points, one of seven Cavaliers players to reach double-figures. Kyrie Irving scored 27 points, Luol Deng added 18 and Tristan Thompson 17.

The biggest issue for Cleveland during its losing streak has been defense, with opponents averaging 109.2 points and shooting 51.3 percent in the five games. In the 43 games prior to the losing streak, the Cavs allowed 101.3 points and 45.2 percent shooting.

"We know we have to get better, we know we have to do something to change this," Varejao said. "We need to keep working hard and trying to think about the (Lakers). Our goal now is to win the next game."

Deng scored 27 points in Cleveland's 120-118 road win against the Lakers in the first meeting between the two on Jan. 14. Meeks had 26 points to lead Los Angeles in that one.

The Cavaliers have dominated the Lakers on their home floor in recent seasons, winning seven of the past eight meetings in Cleveland.

Last Updated: 4/26/2018 11:44:00 PM EST

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