Kamenetzky: Time Running Out On Clippers’ Big Three

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The mix of beige and off white dominating DeAndre Jordan’s post-game wardrobe was appropriate. All the color, after all, had drained from the Los Angeles Clippers following a critical, emotionally brutal 111-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night at Staples Center, giving the Spurs a 3-2 lead in this titanic opening round matchup. At this point, you sympathize with Clippers fans who must feel like they’re being trolled. San Antonio isn’t the dominating force of last season, but even beat

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Kamenetzky: Clippers-Spurs Becoming Battle of Attrition

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In Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series between the Clippers and defending champion Spurs, San Antonio was overwhelmed by the energy of the home team. Los Angeles, even when making mistakes in defensive rotations, did so with so much speed and commitment that it often didn’t matter. The Clippers, with an assortment power dunks from Blake Griffin and power spikes from DeAndre Jordan, had the capacity crowd at Staples Center in a frenzy all night. The Spurs didn’t have an

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Kamenetzky: Post-Kobe injury, Lakers Need to Embrace Total Rebuild

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There’s a moment in the classic 1997 episode of Seinfeld, “The Little Jerry,” when Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer are crammed into the back of Marcelino’s store, about to send Kramer’s rooster (which he named “Little Jerry Seinfeld”) into a cockfight. Elaine, meanwhile, has been dating a man she thinks is bald by choice before learning he’s actually losing his hair. He asks her to marry him, before the follicular end comes. “Well, it’ll be a couple of years before he’s completely

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Kamenetzky: Lakers Win! Lakers Win!

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LOS ANGELES — It’s a standard scene in every old war movie. A ragtag, weary outfit, battered and bruised, is charged with holding a key bridge in order to save France from the advancing German army. If the bridge goes, the free world goes with it. For the Lakers, entering Sunday’s game at Staples against the Charlotte Hornets sitting at 0-5 for the first time since 1957 and facing run of high end opponents over the next 10-plus days, Sunday’s game was

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Kamenetzky: Kobe Learning to Let Go of Lacking Lakers

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LOS ANGELES — “You can only control what you can control. That’s really tough to process, it’s tough to let that go. But it’s the truth, man.” That was Kobe Bryant at the podium Tuesday night after his Los Angeles Lakers dropped their season opener to the Houston Rockets, a 108-90 home loss that wasn’t as competitive as even the lopsided score might indicate. Small picture, he was speaking specifically about the spirit-crushing injury – a broken right tibia – suffered by

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Five Things To Watch: Los Angeles Lakers

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Over the last 35 years, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the gold standard for success, not just in the NBA, but across the Big Four sports in America. That’s the big picture. Little picture? The Lakers last season set a new standard for futility: 55 losses, more than any other team in franchise history. Nearly from start to finish, the 2013-14 campaign was a disaster of injuries and ire, much of it directed at owner and basketball operations head Jim

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Kamenetzky Bros. Power Rankings: Preseason Edition

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So … how was your summer? In the quiet of late September, it’s easy to forget how totally nutty things got after the San Antonio Spurs ended the Miami Heat Era (even if nobody quite knew it yet). Transformative free agent maneuvering. Blockbuster trades. Courtroom drama. Spectacularly damaging internal memos uncovered in the wake of wildly inappropriate scouting reports. Now that it’s over, the pillars of power in the NBA have shifted. Some of them, at least. It’s easy to see where the

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Kamenetzky: Who Will “Make a Splash” as Next Lakers coach?

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A fairly inclusive list of potential replacements for Mike D’Antoni following his resignation as head coach of the Lakers earlier this week: John Calipari, Kevin Ollie, Byron Scott, Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy, Derek Fisher, George Karl, Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Lionel Hollins, Tom Thibodeau, Mark Jackson, Steve Kerr, Ettore Messina … Plenty of impressive names, but hardly reflective of some grand organizational philosophy on playing style or priorities beyond, as has been reported, to “make a splash.” It’s an expression

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