Kamenetzky: Cali Report – Lakers alive, Griffin AWOL, Curry balling, Downtown Sacramento

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4-15-Kings-300x200With just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the stakes couldn’t be any higher for California’s quartet of teams.

The Clippers and Warriors are trying – with opposite results – to manufacture a roll heading into the playoffs, while the Lakers are scrambling just to qualify. Meanwhile, the Kings are simply trying to figure out where they will lay their heads next season.

It’s always dramatic on the left coast, and this upcoming week should prove no exception. Here’s a look at what’s shaking.

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Kamenetzky: The Cali Report — Mark Jackson sends a message, Lakers lose (games and bodies)

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GSW_Jackson_MarkWith the finish line approaching, there are still many details left to be ironed out, but a few things have become more clear for the NBA’s four California squads.

The Clippers, once sporting the league’s best record, are now in a dogfight to remain in the West’s coveted top three, avoiding a brutal 4/5 battle with either Denver or Memphis. The Warriors’ swoon appears over, and their playoff-starved fans can comfortably look forward to the playoffs.

The Lakers will be an 8-seed if they’re anything at all.

And meanwhile, Sacramento has a much better chance of keeping the Kings.

Up and down the state of California we go, as we do every Wednesday here at SheridanHoops.com.

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Kamenetzky: The Cali Report — Clippers wavering, Bogut charging, and more

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Stephen CurryThe big numbers this week? Three and six. As in seeds. And three of the four California teams are directly involved in the chase for those numbers.

And the Kings? Well, surely they’re up to something.

Can the Warriors hold on and avoid a first-round date with San Antonio or Oklahoma City? Can the Lakers climb high enough to do the same? Can the Clippers restore a little confidence and hold on to the three seed?

This week went a long way towards answering those questions.

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Kamenetzky: The Cali Report – Dwight’s return, Clips vs. Griz, Lee’s D, Boogie’s issues

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Dwight HowardDon’t look now, but the Lakers suddenly have what appears to be legitimate momentum on their side.

That’s not to say they’ve morphed into the juggernaut many predicted back in October. Such talk would certainly be premature. But it’s safe to assume their surge has grabbed the attention of the entire league, much less the Pacific Division.

The Golden State Warriors are now just two games ahead of the Lakers, a gap that doesn’t feel impossible to close. Were that the case, it could set the stage for a Hallway Series between the current No. 3 seed Clippers and the Lakers. And that would be an exceptionally fun first-round matchup for members of the Kings to watch from home.

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Kamenetzky: The Cali Report – Heading down the home stretch

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Kobe BryantThe 2012-13 regular season is heading into the home stretch, and three of California’s four teams are neck deep in postseason intrigue (leaving only Sacramento, a city and franchise dealing with plenty of intrigue even without any playoff hopes). What does the landscape look like with about 20 games to play?

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