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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Lakers bad, Warriors worse

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Lakers bad, Warriors worse

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Player of the game: On a night when most players struggled, Kobe Bryant was the best player on the floor by far. Bryant finished with 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting nine rebounds and seven assists.
Key stretch: Midway through the third period, the Warriors trailed just 54-50, and the Lakers werent exactly looking like world-beaters. But Bryant led the Lakers on a 10-0 run that set them up with their biggest lead of the night. Bryant had four points and an assist during the run, and the Warriors went three-plus minutes without a score.The Warriors are now 2-25 all-time at Staples Center against the Lakers.Shooting woes: The Warriors struggled from the field in the first half, and it was widespread. Then they promptly did the same thing in the second half.The Warriors didnt have a single player on their roster playing significant minutes who made more than half of their shots, and here were some of the brutal numbers: Stephen Curry 6-for-16; Klay Thompson 6-for-16; David Lee 3-for-10; Carl Landry 3-for-12.The Warriors shot just 33.7 percent from the field over the course of the game, including 7-for-25 (28 percent) from 3-point range.Filling the Bogut void: With Andrew Bogut missing the next week or so, Warriors coach Mark Jackson is going to have to fill his spot at center. On Friday, Festus Ezeli got the start and Andris Biedrins saw plenty of playing time.Well, plenty for him. Biedrins, who had played seven total minutes in the Warriors first five games, played seven minutes in the first half and didnt do a bad job.Biedrins held his own defensively against Howard and found time to grab four rebounds. Biedrins did have to shoot a couple of foul shots, however, missing both, including one airball.Biedrins played nine minutes on the night, while Ezeli played 20. For most of the game's remainder the Warriors went small with Lee and Landry.Mike Brown fallout: Mark Jackson was asked before the game who he thought would replace Mike Brown, who was fired earlier in the day.There have been plenty of names bandied about, including Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Mike DAntoni and Brian Shaw, among others.Doesnt matter to me, Mark Jackson said. Ive got my hands full with this Jackson doing this job.

Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

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Report: Dwyane Wade, Bulls expected to agree on buyout

It appears that the Dwyane Wade era in Chicago won't last much longer.

The 2006 NBA Finals MVP and the Bulls are expected to reach terms on a buyout agreement within the next few months, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.

In July 2016, Wade signed a two-year deal worth $47 million -- with a $23.8 million player option in Year 2.

In late June, he exercised the option.

If a buyout happens, Wade would become a free agent.

He is very close with LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony reportedly wants to be traded to Houston.

The Warriors open the season against the Rockets on Oct. 17.

Wade's status will be a story worth watching.

The 12-time All-Star will turn 36 years old in January.

Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

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Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

Kevin Durant was recently playing some pickup ball with LeBron James (see video below).

And on Wednesday afternoon, he reacted to a fan's opinion on what the Cavs should do with LeBron.

LeBron took his talents to South Beach in July 2010, and the Cavs landed the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 (Kyrie Irving), 2013 (Anthony Bennett) and 2014 (Andrew Wiggins).

Durant should have also mentioned that LeBron has a no-trade clause and that Dan Gilbert can't trade LeBron even if he wants to.

[RELATED: The report about LeBron's future with Cavs is reportedly '100 percent false']

Also, why would LeBron waive his no-trade clause and agree to be shipped to a team that is going to have to relinquish many assets just to get LeBron?

He can simply play this season out and then determine his future next summer.

The only question that needs to be answered at this point is: Will the Cavs actually trade Kyrie Irving or will they hold out and hope for a reconciliation?

Enjoy the video...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller