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Orange County Register

Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram 'doubtful' for Tuesday's game against Wizards

EL SEGUNDO – Lakers coach Luke Walton stressed that durability has not been much of a concern for Brandon Ingram. Among NBA rookies, no one has logged more minutes than Ingram, who has played more than 2,000 in his debut season. But the 19-year-old...

Boston Herald

Blazers beat Lakers 97-81, tie Denver for final spot in West

LOS ANGELES — As their surprising turnaround rolls on, the Portland Trail Blazers are now tied for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.Damian Lillard scored 22 points and Portland beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-81 on Sunday night to pull even with Denver for eighth place in the West. Both the Blazers and Nuggets are 35-38 with nine games left in the season — and they play each other Tuesday night in Portland.We wanted to get to this point since the All-Star break, Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. We put ourselves in a good position, but our hardest work is ahead of...

Boston Herald

Minus Cousins, Pelicans top Nuggets 115-90 behind Davis' 31

DENVER — A rousing defensive effort helped the New Orleans Pelicans boost their flickering playoff hopes.Anthony Davis had 31 points and 15 rebounds, helping to compensate for the absence of injured DeMarcus Cousins, and New Orleans beat the Denver Nuggets 115-90 on Sunday night.Offensively, we did a really great job of moving the basketball, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. But the defense won the game, lets tell it like it is. We were great defensively.Denver dropped into a tie for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot with Portland, which beat the Los Angeles Lakers...

Luke Walton On Plan For Brandon Ingram (Knee Tendinitis)

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton after their loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, talks about what he thought they missed with Brandon Ingram (who was out with knee tendinitis) and what the plan is for him moving forward. Walton talks about why he

New York Post

Phil’s Joakim Noah love blinded him from the tutor Knicks need

A free agent last summer, center Pau Gasol waited for a call from Knicks president Phil Jackson. Lakers president Jeanie Buss once told confidants Jackson considered Gasol his favorite Laker to coach. Obsessed with the younger, more defense-oriented Joakim Noah, Jackson had tunnel vision when it came to filling his center role. “No, no contact,”...

Sun Herald

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue calls Devin Booker's 70-point night 'unbelievable'

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue played 11 years in the NBA, including three seasons with the "Showtime" Lakers. But even Lue was amazed that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker scored 70 …

Sun Herald

Practice pays for Lakers' Clarkson

LOS ANGELES_While Jordan Clarkson was in the middle of a one-for-nine shooting performance Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers, he wandered by the bench and told his coach his shot …

Akron Beacon Journal

Cavaliers notebook: Coach Tyronn Lue calls Devin Booker’s 70-point night ‘unbelievable’

CLEVELAND: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue played 11 years in the NBA, including three seasons with the “Showtime” Lakers.But even Lue was amazed that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker scored 70 points Friday night in a 130-120 loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Booker became the youngest player in NBA history to score 60 points or more, breaking Jerry West’s record from the 1961-62 season when West was 23.The 13th overall pick out of Kentucky in 2015, Booker had never hit the 40-point mark in a game. His total was the most in the league since the...

Los Angeles Times

Jordan Clarkson's extra shooting practice pays off with career highs against Timberwolves

While Jordan Clarkson was in the middle of a one-for-nine shooting performance Tuesday against the Clippers, he wandered by the bench and told his coach his shot was broken. For the next two days, Clarkson spent extra time shooting, trying to fix it. That paid off Friday during the Lakers 130-119...

Los Angeles Times

Long trips for one game don't sit well with Los Angeles Lakers Coach Luke Walton

In the NBA’s attempt to reduce games on consecutive nights and stretches of four games in five nights, the league has created a schedule quirk that annoys Lakers Coach Luke Walton: One-game trips several time zones away. The Lakers this season have played the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks,...

Los Angeles Times

Lakers report: Luke Walton uses benching to provide Brandon Ingram with a lesson in leadership

Brandon Ingram wasn’t among the players who lacked energy and effort at the beginning of the Lakers’ 133-109 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday night. But he was part of a starting lineup that did as a whole. Coach Luke Walton wasn’t interested in singling out anyone, so the whole group had to pay...

Luke Walton On The Brandon Ingram NBA Rookie Of The Month Chatter

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton talks about the chatter around Brandon Ingram for NBA rookie of the month and whether it's beneficial to set those types of goals. Plus, Walton talks about having to keep his players motivated with just 11 games l

Orange County Register

Lakers' Luke Walton pushing Brandon Ingram to be more of a vocal leader

EL SEGUNDO – Once the Lakers gathered in the locker room, Coach Luke Walton did not just express his displeasure with his team’s play. He became so disgusted with the Lakers’ 30-point halftime deficit to the Clippers on Tuesday that he informed...

Orange County Register

Lakers' Luke Walton doesn't want Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. parked on the arc

LOS ANGELES – As Julius Randle fired 3-point shots after recent shootarounds and practices, he heard Lakers associate coach Brian Shaw say a few biting words. “He kept calling me scared,” Randle said before Tuesday’s game against the Clippers...

Inquisitr

Los Angeles Lakers Encouraged By D’Angelo Russell’s play At Shooting Guard

With the Los Angeles Lakers trekking through the final stretch of another disappointing season, first-year head coach Luke Walton has taken this opportunity to further evaluate the younger talent on the roster. Much of this focus has been on the play of second-year guard D’Angelo Russell. It has been an interesting last couple of weeks for Russell having seen his role with the team see some major changes. Walton had benched him last week in favor of third-year guard Jordan Clarkson to see what he can do with the point guard duties in the starting lineup. This move to the bench had also...

Luke Walton Challenges Brandon Ingram To Embrace Leadership Role

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton praises Brandon Ingram for another solid performance but challenges him to take on more of a leadership role, be more vocal, lifting his teammates up and continue to push him in that aspect. Watch more of our mos

Inside the Lakers | Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers’ Luke Walton might start Larry Nance Jr. before season ends

EL SEGUNDO — For the first time in a week, Lakers coach Luke Walton will not make changes to the starting lineup. When the Lakers (20-50) host the Clippers (41-29) in a designated home game on Tuesday at Staples Center, …

Los Angeles Daily News

Luke Walton doesn't want Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. to rely on 3-point shots

LOS ANGELES >> As Julius Randle fired 3-point shots after recent shootarounds and practices, he heard Lakers associate coach Brian Shaw say a few biting words."He kept calling me scared," Randle said before Tuesday's game against the Clippers at Staples Center. "I took it as a challenge."Since then, Randle boasted that he and Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell have beaten coach Luke Walton and Shaw 7-1 in a 3-point shooting contest after recent morning shootarounds and practices.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Lakers like what they see with D'Angelo Russell at shooting guard

The lineup the Lakers tried Sunday night is one they’ll continue to use until further notice. It’s the one with D’Angelo Russell starting at shooting guard and Jordan Clarkson at the point. “We’re still trying to evaluate and see some things,” Coach Luke Walton said. “With the starting group,...

Los Angeles Times

Five takeaways from the Lakers' 125-120 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers

In both of their games this season, the Lakers played the Cavaliers close and gave the kind of effort that makes Lakers Coach Luke Walton happy. We saw another example of that on Sunday at Staples Center. The Lakers led for most of the game but couldn't quite pull it off. In the end, that might...

Inside the Lakers | Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson to start together vs. Cleveland

EL SEGUNDO — To gain further clarity if two of his young guards can improve their with different roles, Lakers coach Luke Walton will start D’Angelo Russell at shooting guard and Jordan Clarkson at point guard for when the Lakers …

Akron Beacon Journal

Cavaliers 125, Lakers 120: Big Three dazzles as Cavs rally in fourth quarter

LOS ANGELES: A night after the Cavaliers drew criticism for sitting their Big Three in a nationally televised game, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love treated Los Angeles Lakers fans in the Staples Center Sunday to a spectacular display of basketball skills.Skills that were embarrassingly lacking when the trio watched from the bench against the Clippers, Irving and Love with injury issues.But the rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers weren’t in awe. The young team with the second-worst record in the league and a rookie coach in Luke Walton turned what might have been expected to be a...

Akron Beacon Journal

Cavs 125, Lakers 120: Marla's 33 shots from Beyond the Arc on Tristan's teeth, putting on a show

Notes, quotes and observations from the Cavaliers’ 125-120 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday night at Staples Center. 1. Before I get to Tristan Thompson’s apparently gruesome issue with his two front teeth, some pointed post-game criticism from Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. 2. Lue knew the Lakers have the second-worst record in the league and have shut down ex-Cavs Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng for the rest of the season to develop their young players. But Lue still expected the Lakers to take the game seriously and come to play. And he knew the Cavaliers would not. 3. “We...

Akron Beacon Journal

Cavaliers notebook: Coach Tyronn Lue apologizes to ABC as he sits the Big Three vs. Clippers

LOS ANGELES: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue actually apologized to ABC.For the second consecutive Saturday, the television network’s featured NBA game was missing half its stars.Injury issues prompted Lue to sit the Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love against the Los Angeles Clippers. He said the trio will instead play Sunday night against the Lakers, also at Staples Center.The Eastern Conference leaders sent out a lineup of Deron Williams, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye and Tristan Thompson against the Clippers, tied for fifth in the West going into the day’s...

Akron Beacon Journal

Clippers 108, Cavaliers 78: Marla's 23 shots from Beyond the Arc on the anger no Big Three wrought

Notes, quotes and observations after the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Cavaliers 108-78 Saturday night at Staples Center. 1. The Cavs sat LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – electing to play them together Sunday night against the LA Lakers -- and the fans were not happy. “We Want LeBron” chants started with 10:07 left in the second quarter and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue and J.R. Smith were paying attention. 2. “I want him, too,” Lue said. Me, too, Smith said. 3. Lue admitted he would have watched an NCAA Tournament game over the Big Three-less Cavs. The last three March...

Akron Beacon Journal

Clippers 108, Cavaliers 78: ‘We want LeBron’ chants fall on deaf ears as Big Three sit in loss

LOS ANGELES: The “We Want LeBron” chants began with 10:07 remaining in the second quarter Saturday night at Staples Center.One man’s plaintive plea cut to the heart.“I want LeBron for my son,” he said.A young man selling 50-50 raffle tickets held a sign that read, “Inactives James, Love, Irving, The Fans.”But Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue did not succumb in a 108-78 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.The Cavs opened a four-game, three-city road trip against the Clippers and face the Lakers Sunday. Lue knew Kevin Love, only one game into his return from arthroscopic knee surgery, has...

Inquisitr

Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton Reveals A Stirring Revelation About Young Core

In Luke Walton’s first year as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, things have progressively gone from bad to worse on the court. His team has continued their freefall down the standings dropping four in a row and 12 of their last 14 games played. As the season has worn on, Walton has come to make many realizations about what’s needed in order to turn around the franchise from what seems like an endless abyss of struggles. With that in mind, Luke Walton recently made a jarring revelation about the Lakers’ current roster, according to Lakers Nation. “We don’t have that one...

Inquisitr

Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: D’Angelo Russell Exempted From NBA Trades For Now?

Recent Los Angeles Lakers trade rumors revolve around D’Angelo Russell who is experiencing a slump as of late. However, in Friday’s 107-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the point guard gave the Lakers what they wanted and this could take him off trade rumors at least for now. In the past few games of the Lakers, Russell was coming off the bench. He did not complain about the relegation, but his performance declined. Before they hosted the Bucks, ESPN reported that team president of basketball operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson, general manager Rob Pelinka, and assistant coach Brian...

Inside the Lakers | Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers’ Luke Walton defends D’Angelo Russell over Draymond Green’s criticism in his role in scuffle

EL SEGUNDO –The incident caused officials to eject Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell for what they called “escalating a fight.” Lakers coach Luke Walton praised Russell, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr. and Ivica Zubac for standing up for Nick Young after …

Los Angeles Times

Five takeaways from the Lakers' 107-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks

The big stories from Friday night’s game were the dust-up that got Nick Young, D’Angelo Russell and Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe ejected following a hard foul by Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, along with Lakers Coach Luke Walton’s postgame comments about how that incident was officiated. They overshadowed...

Cavaliers Blog | Akron Beacon Journal

Cavs resting Big 3 vs. Clippers, James, Irving, Love to play vs. Lakers Sunday

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue will rest the Big 3 of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Saturday night's nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Lue said he wanted to maintain rhythm, so the trio will play together Sunday night against the LA Lakers. The Cavs aren't allowing Love to play on back-to-back nights after he returned from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee one game ago. Irving sat out the fourth quarter of Thursday night's home victory over the Utah Jazz with stiffness in his left knee, so it made sense for him to sit, Lue...