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Dwight Howard sets energetic tone in Lakers’ Game 1 win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When Dwight Howard went to the Finals in 2009, it seemed to him like it might be the start of a run. His Orlando Magic team was one of the Eastern powers, and at 23, his potential seemed to just be blooming. That was 11 years ago. Howard hasn’t been back since. It took him a long time to learn that chances to win a title aren’t promised. In the years since, he’s fallen from grace in Orlando and many other franchises as well. And as one of the most statistically productiv...
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Whicker: Lakers, unlike the Clippers, don’t ask you to wait until next year

Five days later, his parting words still scrape on the eardrum. Did Paul George really say that the Clippers’ 2019-20 season wasn’t a matter of “championship or bust?” Technically, he is correct. There is no record of either George or Kawhi Leonard promising that the Clippers would be this year’s champions. Practically, it is one of the all-time cop-outs, since it came a few minutes after Leonard and George combined to miss 28 of 38 shots at the end of the Clippers’ listless Game 7 farewell. The...
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Lakers beat Nuggets in Western Conference final opener

The Los Angeles Lakers comfortably beat the Denver Nuggets 126-114 to go 1-0 up in the NBA Western Conference final in Florida.
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Kiszla: Yes, the Nuggets got punked by Lakers and NBA refs, but whining won’t win the series

The Nuggets got punked. By King James. And by NBA refs. Cry foul into a crying towel, if you want. Whining about life (or the refs) not being fair won’t get Denver anywhere but a one-way ticket out of the playoffs. After getting dunked on and dissed during a 126-114 loss in Game 1 on Friday in the Western Conference Finals, it’s obvious that the league regards the Nuggets as little more than props in this Lake Show, starring James and Anthony Davis, who hammered Denver with 37 points. It was so ...
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Whicker: Davis, Lakers welcome the Denver Nuggets to a higher altitude

Let’s be clear. No team in the NBA is immune from the aftereffects of Anthony Davis. It’s just that the Denver Nuggets are in the high-risk pool. The Lakers rolled to a 126-114 Game 1 victory in the Western Conference Finals on Friday. This prompted TNT’s Charles Barkley to get out the kitchen broom and start sweeping the studio floor. Sir Charles has been a little off on his assessments — i.e., he’s only even-money to tell you this is September — and you would expect the vibe of this series to ...
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Photos: Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of Western Conference semifinals

Take a look at the photos from the Lakers’ NBA playoff game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Sept. 18. It was Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, left, and Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee, right, lock up while waiting for a rebound during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference final Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) comes down with a rebound...
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Photos: Lakers dominate Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of Western Conference Finals

Take a look at the photos from the Lakers’ NBA playoff game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Sept. 18. The Lakers won 126-114 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) dunks the ball during the second half an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to move past Nikola Jokic #15 o...
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Photos: Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of Western Conference Finals

Take a look at the photos from the Lakers’ NBA playoff game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Sept. 18. It was Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, from left, Kostas Antetokounmpo, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard, right, shout at members of the Denver Nuggets on the court during the first half an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plum...
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Denver’s Mike Malone pushed LeBron James to be better in Cleveland

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — If Denver coach Mike Malone and LeBron James are friends now, it wasn’t always that way. In fact, Malone said, it was probably his willingness to be hard on the budding Cleveland star that helped earn him respect. For five years as a Cavaliers assistant under Mike Brown, Malone was primarily a defensive-minded coach who made a point to give James tough love in his younger years. “I never tried to be his buddy, I wasn’t trying to kiss his ass,” Malone said. “I’m a coach’s...
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Lakers start strong this time, blow out Nuggets in Game 1

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, from left, Kostas Antetokounmpo, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard, right, shout at members of the Denver Nuggets on the court during the first half an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) dunks the ball during the second half an NBA conference final playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Lake...
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Lakers vs. Nuggets live updates: WCF Game 1 from the NBA bubble

LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers continue their quest for the franchise’s 17th NBA Championship in the Western Conference semifinal series against the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers may be considered a favorite to win the NBA Championship this season but the duo of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray stand in their way. Lakers (0-0) vs. Nuggets (0-0) When: Friday, 6 p.m. PST Where: Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida TV: TNT Can’t watch the game? Follow our live upd...
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Opinion: LeBron James deserved the NBA MVP over Giannis. Here's why.

Giannis Antetokounmpo put up impressive numbers, but LeBron James had lofty stats himself and led Lakers through difficult times. He should be MVP.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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2020 Western Conference Finals Between Lakers and Nuggets

We have finally got the matchup for the 2020 Western Conference Finals of the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Denver Nuggets for the chance to reach the NBA Finals. The Lakers took down the Houston Rockets in five games after dropping the first one. The Denver Nuggets used another epic comeback to reach the Western Conference Finals. Like their first round series against Utah, Denver came back after being down 3-1 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Many had the 2020 Western Confere...
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Lakers ready to take Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets seriously in Western Conference Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — At this point, the Denver Nuggets aren’t going to catch anyone off guard. And they don’t expect to. After watching film of the Lakers on Thursday afternoon, Nikola Jokic — one of the engines of Denver’s pair of historic 3-1 comebacks — came away with the impression that the top-seeded Lakers are just as serious and driven as his Nuggets have been in the last month. “I think they’re really focused,” Jokic said. “You can just see how they’re playing. Even the Portland seri...
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How LeBron James has helped Anthony Davis shoulder the Lakers’ pressure to win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — In the middle of the Lakers’ biggest win so far this postseason, Anthony Davis was struggling. It was hard to tell from the 6-foot-10 forward’s body language that his team was blowing out the Houston Rockets in Game 5. He hung his head. He slumped his shoulders. As he shuffled to the bench during a timeout in the third quarter, he brushed past several open palms of his teammates, who looked at him with concern. Davis was in the midst of what would be a 4-for-9 night from...
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Lakers vs. Nuggets: Western Conference Finals scouting report

SERIES SCHEDULE (all times PT) Game 1: at Lakers, Friday, Sept 18 6 p.m., TNT Game 2: at Lakers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 4:30 p.m., TNT Game 3: at Nuggets, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., TNT Game 4: at Nuggets, Thursday, Sept. 24, 6 p.m., TNT x-Game 5: at Lakers, Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m., TNT x-Game 6: at Nuggets, Monday, Sept. 28, TBD time, TBD network x-Game 7: at Lakers, Wednesday, Sept. 30, TBD time, TBD network x-if necessary HEAD-TO-HEAD Lakers won this season’s regular season series, 3-1 Dec. ...
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Coming Sunday: Early look at new Lakers book

Longtime Lakers fans understand this is hardly the first season with some serious drama. The team’s 16 NBA titles rarely came easily. Author Jeff Pearlman’s new book, “Three Ring Circus,” dives into the post-Showtime Lakers when they pulled together high schooler Kobe Bryant, dominant center Shaquille O’Neal and Phil Jackson, a coach whose resume already was worthy of the Hall of Fame. As the Lakers try to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010, Southern California News Group readers...
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Morning Wrap: Will Pac-12 football join others this fall? Dodgers win again

The Morning Wrap shares the day’s top five stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group. … Sign up to have our top sports stories delivered to your inbox with our daily newsletters ONE: IS PAC-12 FOOTBALL RETURNING? State restrictions lifted for Pac-12 football teams in California, Oregon: The path back just got easier TWO: DODGERS INCREASE LEAD TO 2 1/2: Dodgers clinch postseason spot, regain grip on NL West with win Alexander: Dodgers clinch a playoff berth, bu...
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Lakers keep their guard up, taking upset-minded Nuggets with caution

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On the day the All-NBA teams were released, it was striking how few are left in the bubble. Likely MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and former MVP James Harden were knocked out in the second round; fellow first-teamer Luka Doncic was gone in the first. Second-team point guards Damian Lillard and Chris Paul couldn’t get first-round wins; Pascal Siakam’s title defense fell short; as did Kawhi Leonard’s quest for a second straight. On the All-NBA first team, the elite of the elite...
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Dwight Howard brings energy to Lakers’ bench, while trying to grind out the bubble time

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> On a recent evening as the clouds had lifted over the lake in the center of the Coronado Springs Resort, Dwight Howard went biking on an off-night. Behind him trailed his 6-year-old son, David, riding with the help of training wheels. It was a temperate evening, and the water reflected a brilliant Florida sunset. But the scene belied the difficulty of Howard’s situation, partly because the father and son were riding in a loop. While Howard has been an energetic presence...
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Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard named to All-NBA Second Team

Kawhi Leonard was named to the 2019-20 All-NBA second team, the league announced Wednesday, the day after his Clippers were eliminated from the postseason following a disappointing 104-89 Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets. The 6-foot-7 forward from Moreno Valley averaged career highs in points (27.1), assists (4.9) and defensive rebounds (6.1) in his first season with the Clippers. He appeared in 57 of the Clippers’ 72 regular-season games and tied for fifth in the league in steals per game (1.8...
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Three keys to Lakers vs. Nuggets in 2020 Western Conference Finals

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday Sept. 16 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — He was all smiles when he was greeted at the locker room by coaches and staff like a conquering hero, his 40 points helping topple one of the West’s most formidable teams. But by the time Jamal Murray entered the back gym of Adv...
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LA County Sheriff asks LeBron James to match $175,000 reward to help find shooter

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva requested Lakers star LeBron James match the $175,000 reward in the shooting that injured two deputies.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Morning Wrap: Trying to explain the Clippers collapse in Game 7; Dodgers bounce back against Padres

The Morning Wrap shares the day’s top five stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group. … Sign up to have our top sports stories delivered to your inbox with our daily newsletters ONE: What happened to the Clippers? Read Mirjam Swanson’s story on how the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead in losing Game 7 to the Nuggets, and what columnist Mark Whicker had to say about one of the greatest collapses in NBA history. And social media? It was not kind to the Clippers or its tw...
Tags: Angels, Uncategorized, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Usc, Lakers, Nuggets, Clippers, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers, Padres, Kawhi Leonard, Diamondbacks, Newsom


Whicker: Nuggets make history, Clippers flunk chemistry

Fourteen months after it was declared, the Basketball Battle of L.A. is over. The Lakers won without firing a shot. It was easier to watch the Clippers miss theirs. Sure, it was conceivable that the Clippers wouldn’t win the NBA title, since they still haven’t been to the Western Conference Finals in 50 years of occasionally trying. What nobody suspected is that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers’ prize signings of July 2019, would be spectators at their own demise. The Clippers’ house ...
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Nuggets stun their way into facing Lakers in Western Conference Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — They’re a team that’s faced the firing line six times and seen the other side. The Denver Nuggets are not the team most would have guessed would meet the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, but in the NBA bubble, brute survival is all that matters. And no team has been better at surviving than the Nuggets, who trailed by 16 points in a Game 5 while down 3-1 to the Clippers and clawed all the way back. What presumes to be a gritty Western Conference Finals is now set...
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L.A. County OKs $100,000 reward seeking clues to deputies’ ambush; total tops $200,000

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who ambushed two sheriff’s deputies as they sat in their patrol vehicle in Compton on Saturday. The reward was quickly increased — topping $200,000 by Tuesday after anonymous donors and local cities and agencies pitched in. Separately, an online fundraiser had raised close to $400,000 in funds that help the critically injured deputies directly. “I was ...
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Lakers bide their time again, waiting for their Western Conference Finals opponent

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The time off is welcome. But the waiting game hasn’t always been kind to the Lakers. The Western Conference Finals start was slid back to Friday, as the Lakers got a longer break to recover from a short but physical series against the Houston Rockets. It’s been a time to, as Coach Frank Vogel put it, “to stay off my feet and relax a bit.” Alex Caruso and Kyle Kuzma were among the Lakers who took advantage of an off day Sunday to play rounds of golf, while LeBron James in...
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Game 7 is the Clippers’ chance to save — or dodge — a reputation

The billboards came out last summer. Their message was that the Clippers were the dirty-fingernailed workingmen of L.A., while the Lakers lit their cigars with $500 bills. Street Lights Over Spotlights. Grit Over Glam. The Clippers were pure ballers and the Lakers were posers. No decoder ring was required. Denver’s Nikola Jokic, from the Serbian bureau of truth-in-advertising, is one game away from ending that marketing campaign. But it’s been a fallacy throughout. The Lakers took apart Houston ...
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An empty SoFi Stadium hosts first LA Rams game, and a resurgent Inglewood has hope

INGLEWOOD >> Once upon a time in Inglewood there was Showtime and Gretzky. And then there wasn’t. When the Lakers and Kings left for Staples in 1999, “The City of Champions” was left with only the echoes of Magic’s dribble drive and dish, and with Chick Hearn’s beloved calls from the “fabulous” Forum. Flash forward to Sunday — the first ever event at the giant SoFi Stadium, and the inaugural game at the new home of the L.A. Rams and the L.A. Chargers. Despite a pandemic and terrible air quality ...
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