Lakers more encouraged with growth than with 110-93 loss to Thunder

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY >> The cast of characters has changed on the court and behind the scenes. But Magic Johnson’s arrival does not mean the Lakers will show much on-court magic just yet.Johnson witnessed the Lakers experience a 110-93 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena because of season-long issues.Thunder guard Russell Westbrook may have reminded Johnson of himself. Despite shooting only 4 for 18 from the field, Westbrook (8 for 9 from the foul line) posted his 28th triple-double of the season and second against the Lakers with 17 points, 18 rebounds and 17 assists. Westbrook, Johnson and Rajon Rondo are the only three NBA players in the last 40 years to log at least 17 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists in a game.Meanwhile, the Lakers struggled once again from the field (40 of 101), from 3-point range (7 of 35) and in the third quarter (Lakers were outscored 28-19). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Obviously it sucks to lose,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “But there was good building going on with that.”The Lakers were expected to endure more short-term pain even after they shuffled their front office earlier this week with an eye toward the future. Johnson and Walton saw just that as the Lakers (19-40) lost their third consecutive game. But Walton also saw “a lot of really good things” that left him encouraged about the team’s long-term development.Walton followed through on his pledge to lean more on his young group after trading high-scoring sixth man Lou Williams to Houston this week for a first-round pick and Corey Brewer.Despite shooting only 3 for 12 from 3-point range, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell scored a team-leading 29 points on 12-of-26 shooting with six assists, four rebounds and a career-high four steals in 35 minutes.Though he believed Russell forced shots at times, Walton also saw Russell showing some “really good moments” in both showing vocal leadership and leading a late fourth-quarter charge that cut a 20-point deficit to single digits with 4:18 remaining. “My teammates did a great job of finding me. But I’m definitely trying to find ways to be aggressive,” Russell said. “I just spoke on what I saw. Guys did the same with me. They spoke on what they saw on what I could’ve done better at or what I could’ve done in certain aspects. I try to do my best.”With Williams no longer there to share ball-handling duties and shots, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson appeared more assertive and comfortable with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds, though he was just 6 for 17 from the field.Walton liked Clarkson’s defensive effort on Westbrook despite his numbers, noting “that’s what you do on superstars, you make it hard on him.” Meanwhile, Clarkson admitted Williams’ absence made him feel less inclined to shoot on almost every possession.“I just try not to force stuff knowing the ball is going to come back,” Clarkson said. “I was trying to look for my teammates, trying to make plays and when the shots come, you just take them.”Lakers forward Julius Randle had his 12th double-double of the season (13 points, 11 rebounds) despite committing five fouls. Walton liked the decision making from rookie forward Brandon Ingram, who had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes, including all of the first quarter. Lakers reserve forward Larry Nance Jr. had a season-high 12 rebounds. Rookie center Ivica Zubac had 11 points and six rebounds, while pleasing Walton with his defense on Thunder center Enes Kanter (four points on 2-of-12 shooting).Those developments did not make Walton bear a smile as wide as Johnson’s. But Walton still talked with his players more about their positive developments than their negative ones.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Flashback: Lakers’ Robert Horry hits buzzer-beater against Kings in 2002 WCF Game 4

first_imgWith less than one second remaining on the clock, Robert Horry of the Los Angeles Lakers recovered the ball and made a three-point shot over Sacramento Kings’ Chris Webber to win Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on May 26, 2002. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs I know Vlade was SICK he tapped the ball out that far lol. https://t.co/zXUSVTR0cj— I Am Inevitable (@A1SinceDayNone) May 26, 2019Related Articles Tbh, I don’t think any of us finished our food after that— Coach RP II (@KidCoolBreeze49) May 26, 2019 Sacramento had some good teams that never got over the hump. I flew off the couch when Horry drained that one— Robert Casillas (@CasillasPhoto) May 26, 2019Previous SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWith less than one second remaining on the clock, Los Angeles Lakers’ Robert Horry shoots a three-point shot over the reach of Sacramento Kings’ Chris Webber (4) to win Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals 100-99, May 26, 2002, in Los Angeles. Watching is Kings’ Vlade Divac (21), Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (8), Lakers’ Rick Fox, behind Bryant, and Kings’ Doug Christie, far right. (William Wilson Lewis III/Riverside Press-Enterprise, file)Lindsey Hunter, left; Mark Madsen; right, celebrate with Robert Horry, center, of the Los Angeles Lakers at the conclusion of Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, May 26, 2002. (William Wilson Lewis III/Riverside Press-Enterprise, file) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWith less than one second remaining on the clock, Los Angeles Lakers’ Robert Horry shoots a three-point shot over the reach of Sacramento Kings’ Chris Webber (4) to win Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals 100-99, May 26, 2002, in Los Angeles. Watching is Kings’ Vlade Divac (21), Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (8), Lakers’ Rick Fox, behind Bryant, and Kings’ Doug Christie, far right. (William Wilson Lewis III/Riverside Press-Enterprise, file)NextShow Caption1 of 2With less than one second remaining on the clock, Los Angeles Lakers’ Robert Horry shoots a three-point shot over the reach of Sacramento Kings’ Chris Webber (4) to win Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals 100-99, May 26, 2002, in Los Angeles. Watching is Kings’ Vlade Divac (21), Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (8), Lakers’ Rick Fox, behind Bryant, and Kings’ Doug Christie, far right. (William Wilson Lewis III/Riverside Press-Enterprise, file)Expand Right behind the basket, about 15 rows up. Still shook, still bitter. https://t.co/2wyYbGzqRJ— Mrs.Ballantyne (@MrsBallantyneRV) May 26, 2019 🙌— Inside SoCal Sports (@InsideSoCalSpts) May 26, 2019 Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The Lakers would beat the Kings and sweep the New Jersey Nets to win the NBA Championship.Reaction:I love the final shot of everyone in the arena jumping up simultaneously. https://t.co/wIUwEJw3ON— Rylan Burns (@rylanburns) May 27, 2019 I was at Staples Center that day working for another newspaper. Started walking toward the media work room as soon as the ball left Horry’s hands. I knew it was in. Still the most entertaining playoff series I’ve ever covered. https://t.co/zEgOqMtu8R— Elliott Teaford (@ElliottTeaford) May 26, 2019 It was birthday. And coincidentally today is my birthday as well as 2002 may 26 was also a Sunday. I was running around my house screaming as all teenagers were “all in” on kobe and the Lakers and Mr. Horry AKA. Will Smith#roberthorry— Zilch (@LukeTeacher) May 26, 2019 When the Lakers were really the Lakers, and not just some flailing facsimile … https://t.co/vBwqmpgvJd— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) May 26, 2019 One of my favorite sports memories https://t.co/Z2fLJLORZf— ANKH-EL Luke (@TheChuckWatson) May 26, 2019 Once a Laker, always a Laker? 🤷🏽‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/zh11Q70Nv7— Inside SoCal Sports (@InsideSoCalSpts) May 27, 2019 Kobe knew https://t.co/hbUHlWRm6L— Monty (@KeeseyMontana) May 26, 2019 Had just deplaned at LAX. Sprinted — along with several other fans — to terminal bar … just in time to see Horry hit the shot. Never seen such a happy bunch of people at baggage claim.— Todd Behrendt (@ToddBehrendt) May 26, 2019 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error At my grandparents’ house in the back room. Remember immediately going outside to shoot hoops pretending to be Big Shot Rob. https://t.co/DDMlPIusBT— Will Hernandez (@thewillernandez) May 26, 2019 I’m this old https://t.co/Emc6WoQZIj— jose hernandez (@theRealJose88) May 26, 2019 Not an NBA guy, but a legendary moment for SoCal Sports. Happy anniversary. https://t.co/2z1mmXkXf1— Brandon Burns (@brandonburns9) May 26, 2019 How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

DONEGAL PROTESTERS VOW TO STAND STRONG AGAINST HOUSEHOLD AND WATER CHARGES

first_imgDonegal protesters were among up to 500 activists from all over the country who attended a strategy meeting of the Campaign Against the Household and Water Tax in Dublin today.The meeting was convened to debate the campaign’s reaction to the property tax legislation.Among those at the meeting was Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle. He said the mood of the meeting was very strongly in favour of maintaining the boycott of the tax.The meeting heard that there are still some legal issues to be clarified about a boycott but the meeting was strongly in favour of the boycott continuing.A call was made for everyone one to support the day of protest on February 9th in Dublin to send a very clear message to the government of opposition to the tax.Speaking after the meeting Thomas Pringle TD said the group will stand firm. “It was good to see the resolve of activists all over the country including Donegal restating their commitment to opposing the tax and showing this government that we will not endorse their programme of austerity.”DONEGAL PROTESTERS VOW TO STAND STRONG AGAINST HOUSEHOLD AND WATER CHARGES was last modified: January 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HOUSEHOLD CHARGEprotestersThomas Pringle TDwater chargelast_img read more