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  1. Rapid Reaction, Game 5: Nuggets 102, Lakers 99

    Brian Kamenetzky

    As the old saying goes, "It's tough to play 41 average-to-bad minutes and seven good ones and still expect to win a playoff game in the NBA." It's not a saying that necessarily gets used a lot, but seems totally applicable for Tuesday's Game 5, in...

    Blog | May 08, 2012
  2. Rapid Reaction: Lakers 103, Nuggets 88

    Brian Kamenetzky

    I'm not sure if it's possible to draw up a better blueprint for a win than the one executed by the Lakers Sunday afternoon at Staples Center in Game 1 of their first round matchup against the Denver Nuggets. They controlled the pace of play throughou...

    Blog | April 29, 2012
  3. Andrew Bynum called "day-to-day" with ankle sprain

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Good news out of El Segundo Monday afternoon. Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who left Sunday's win over the Warriors with 1:51 to play in the first quarter after landing on teammate Josh McRoberts' foot and rolling his left ankle, will be listed as "day...

    Blog | April 02, 2012
  4. Kobe Bryant and a world of wants

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Monday afternoon at the team's shootaround in Philly, Kobe Bryant was asked if the Lakers, as constructed, can win a title. "We can, but we have to play very solid, near perfect basketball, particularly with our second unit. Which we're capable of...

    Blog | February 07, 2012
  5. Barkley and Woods

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Barkley and Woods: air and a pray

    Story | Conversation | September 12, 2011
  6. Pau Gasol scores 21 as Spain beats Great Britain

    Brian Kamenetzky

    In 1588, England crushed the Spanish Armada. It took over 400 years, but Spain finally got some revenge, thanks to their 86-69 win over Great Britain in Group A play at the European Championships in Lithuania Friday, a game (judging by the crowd s...

    Blog | September 02, 2011
  7. Kobe Bryant: "You couldn't possibly expect this to be easy." (vid...

    Brian Kamenetzky

    And indeed it won't be. Following an extremely disappointing Game 2 loss Wednesday night at Staples, a very calm Kobe Bryant met the media and acknowledged the challenge facing the Lakers. Down 2-0, needing to win four of five with three to play i...

    Blog | May 05, 2011
  8. Lakers collapse vs. Clippers: Seven minutes of... not heaven

    Brian Kamenetzky

    With 7:12 to play in Sunday's loss to Clippers at Staples, the Lakers held a reasonably comfortable seven point lead. At the final buzzer, the Clippers had a seven point win. That's a 14 point swing, really 16 because the Lakers finished the game wit...

    Blog | January 17, 2011
  9. New York Knicks on roll entering Sunday game at Los Angeles Laker...

    Brian Kamenetzky

    The New York Knicks are on a roll entering Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Story | Conversation | January 08, 2011
  10. Kobe Bryant sprains right pinkie, x-rays negative

    Brian Kamenetzky

    ESPNLA's Dave McMenamin has the news here on Kobe Bryant following Friday's win in Philadelphia. He- Kobe, not Dave- doesn't expect to miss Sunday's game in Toronto. How much this will impact Bryant's play going forward- tonight he said it was "ha...

    Blog | December 17, 2010
  11. Lakers 93, Sixers 81: At the buzzer

    Brian Kamenetzky

    It's a standard mantra for coaches: To win in this league, you need to go out and play 48 minutes of solid basketball. Win McNamee/Getty Images Lamar Odom scored 28 points and added eight rebounds in a dominating performance against the S...

    Blog | December 17, 2010
  12. Derek Fisher breaks down the final play: Postgame video

    Brian Kamenetzky

    No, the first option for the Lakers in what would become the game winning sequence in Wednesday's 87-86 win over the Clippers was not Derek Fisher receiving the ball near halfcourt with about three seconds to play, then putting it on the floor and dr...

    Blog | December 09, 2010
  13. Kobe Bryant and Game 7

    Brian Kamenetzky

    I was talking to a colleague before Tuesday's Game 6 Lakers win, and he and I were doing the same as virtually every other basketball fan on the planet: Trying to guess how the series will play out. I had my doubts about how the Lakers would play, an...

    Blog | June 17, 2010
  14. Anatomy of a key defensive stop

    Brian Kamenetzky

    One of the more critical moments in Tuesday's Game 2 win came with two minutes to play in the fourth and the Lakers up a pair. The Thunder went to a bread-and-butter play, but weren't able to get a shot off. Instead, Pau Gasol drew a charge on Kev...

    Blog | April 22, 2010
  15. Victory by Fiat?

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Great moment from Tuesday's win over the Raptors: With under two minutes to play, Toronto's Hedo Turkoglu missed a three from the left wing. The long rebound careened towards the sideline, chased by Jose Calderon. He approached the boundary, prepared...

    Blog | March 10, 2010
  16. Lakers beat Indiana: The Reactions

    Brian Kamenetzky

    Last night, we opined on all things related to Tuesday's 122-99 win over Indiana at Staples, including Ron Artest's defense, the play of L.A.'s bench, Shannon Brown's thumb, Kobe Bryant's shooting. Plus video, quotes, and poor, Modern Family-induced ...

    Blog | March 03, 2010