Angry Lakers come calling on Warriors


Angry Lakers come calling on Warriors

April 6, 2011

LA LAKERS (55-22) vs.
WARRIORS (34-44)

Coverage begins at 7 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

OAKLAND (AP) -- After having one lengthy streak end, the Los Angeles Lakers don't seem too concerned about their ability to extend another.

Losers of consecutive games for the first time since the All-Star break, the Lakers try to beat the Golden State Warriors for the 13th straight time Wednesday night.

Los Angeles (55-22) appeared poised to gain the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference while riding a nine-game win streak heading into Sunday's home game with Denver, trailing San Antonio by 1 12 games at the time.
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However, the Lakers fell 95-90 to the Nuggets and 86-85 at home to Utah on Tuesday, and now trail the Spurs by 3 12 games. Los Angeles holds a two-game lead for the No. 2 seed over Dallas with five games left for each team.

Tuesday's loss was surprising since the Lakers had won 17 straight at home against Utah, which has already been eliminated from playoff contention.

"This was our worst game of the year," forward Lamar Odom said. "We didn't deserve to win, (but) we've had no problem bouncing back all year. We'll be fine. Our energy was just bad all the way around. ... You can't dissect this game. Nothing is there."

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Kobe Bryant struggled to make 6 of 18 shots for 20 points and is shooting 35.6 percent over his last two games. The Lakers' 37.8 percent shooting was their worst performance at home this season.

Los Angeles had not lost two straight since a three-game slide Feb. 13-16. The Lakers must win every remaining game to reach 60 victories for the 12th time in their history and third under coach Phil Jackson. Jackson has notched seven total 60-win seasons, winning a championship each time.

Bryant owns a 27.7 scoring average while playing in 11 of the Lakers' 23 consecutive victories over the Warriors (34-44).

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The win streak has coincided with Pau Gasol's arrival in Los Angeles. Gasol missed the first two meetings after being acquired from Memphis due to injury, but has averaged 23.5 points and 11.7 rebounds in 11 matchups - he's never lost to the Warriors since joining the Lakers.

The Spanish big man played through a bone bruise in his right knee Tuesday and scored 12 of his 19 points in the first quarter.

Andrew Bynum, who had left Sunday's loss with a knee injury, returned to face the Jazz and finished with 12 points and a career-high 23 rebounds.

The Lakers frontcourt will try to contain David Lee after the Warriors power forward had 29 points and a season-high 20 rebounds in Tuesday's 108-87 victory at Portland.

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Golden State also got a big performance from its backcourt as Monta Ellis scored 30 points and Stephen Curry had 28.

"We're looking for something bigger now. We're trying to do something bigger," coach Keith Smart said. "We're trying to establish a way of how we play, an identity of how we want our team to move forward, and that's what those young men are doing."

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as studio analyst

Chip Kelly returns to college football -- as studio analyst

Chip Kelly is back in college football.

The former Oregon coach, who served as 49ers head coach last season, signed a multiyear deal as an ESPN analyst, the network announced Friday morning. He will work predominantly on pre-games, halftimes and in studio wraps each Saturday on ESPN2.

“Over the last 30 years, I have experienced football from one perspective – as a coach,” Kelly said in a statement. “Working in television will allow me to see the game from a different angle; simultaneously, I‘ll provide viewers an insight to the mindset of a coach and team while offering alternative views of various situations.

“Once I decided to make the move to TV, my familiarity with ESPN, combined with their high-quality production and vital role in college football, it was easily the best network suited for me.”

Kelly, 53, was fired on the evening of the 49ers’ season finale. The 49ers went 2-14 under Kelly and set the franchise record with 13 consecutive losses. Their only victories came against the Los Angeles Rams. Kelly also auditioned with FOX for the analyst job vacated when John Lynch became 49ers general manager, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Kelly served as Oregon’s head coach from 2009 to ’12. His teams compiled a record of 46-7. Under Kelly, the Ducks advanced to the 2011 national championship game, losing to Auburn 22-19.

Kelly won the AP College Football Coach of the Year. He twice won the Pac-10 coach of the year. He left Oregon to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. After his first two NFL teams went 10-6, Kelly was fired in 2015 with one game remaining in the season. The Eagles were 6-9 at the time of Kelly's firing.

“Chip is one of the most innovative football minds of our generation,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said. “As a coach, he saw the game from a unique perspective, never afraid to take an unconventional approach. We want him to bring that mentality to our college football coverage each week, offering fans a varying viewpoint outside of the conventional thought process.”

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

The Trilogy has arrived.

The Warriors. The Cavaliers. Facing each other in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive postseason. The series begins June 1 with Game 1 at Oracle Arena.

With a 135-102 victory over the Celtics Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs advance to face a Warriors team riding the wave created by being the first club in NBA history to start the postseason with 12 straight wins.

With the teams splitting the first two Finals, the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs prevailing last June, this one is to break the tie.

In the meantime, both teams have done some significant retooling.

The Warriors last summer added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, along with veterans JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West.

Though LeBron James remains the hub of the Cavs, the team made several in-season changes, most notably adding veterans Kyle Korver and Deron Williams.

The Warriors came into the playoffs having earned the No. 1 overall seed by virtue of their NBA-best 67-15 record. They’re 27-1 since March 11, having ended the regular season by winning 15 of their last 16 games before taking out Portland, Utah and San Antonio in four games each to reach The Finals.

The Cavaliers (51-31) held the top seed in the East for most of the season before staggering over the final six weeks, going 9-12 over their final 21 games, including four consecutive losses to end the season.

Cleveland seems to have recovered from its late-season slump, sweeping Indiana and Toronto in the first two rounds before ousting the Celtics in five.

The Warriors and Cavs split two games in the regular season, each team winning on its home floor. Cleveland took a 109-108 decision on Christmas Day, while the Warriors came back for a 126-91 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland.

The NBA Finals schedule can be seen below. 

Game 1 – Thu  June  1  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 2 – Sun  June  4  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM  

Game 3 – Wed  June  7  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 4 – Fri  June  9  Golden State at Cleveland             6:00PM  

Game 5 * Mon  June 12  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 6 * Thu  June 15  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 7 * Sun  June 18  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM