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    Los Angeles Lakers Game Thread: New York Knicks @ Los Angeles Lakers 3:30 1/21/2018 [Game #47]





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    Injury Report

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    No injuries to report Lonzo Ball - Sore left knee (OUT)
    - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Right Achilles tendon strain (QUEST)
    - Brandon Ingram - Mild left ankle sprain (QUEST)

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    The Los Angeles Lakers will get another look at a player they could have taken in the 2015 NBA Draft when the New York Knicks visit Sunday.

    The Lakers had a shot at versatile 7-foot-3 power forward Kristaps Porzingis but instead selected point guard D'Angelo Russell with the second overall pick. Porzingis went fourth to the Knicks.

    Nearly three years later, Russell is no longer in Los Angeles, but Porzingis is still with the Knicks (21-25), and the Lakers (16-29) will need to find a better method to stop him when he visits Staples Center.

    Porzingis has emerged as the team's leading scorer this season at 23.5 points per game, and has steadily become a painful thorn in the side of Los Angeles.

    He sat out his first career matchup against the Lakers two years ago with a stomach virus, and quietly chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds later that season in a game more remembered for Kobe Bryant's last visit to Madison Square Garden.

    Porzingis emerged as a difference-maker against the Lakers last season, totaling 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the first meeting at Staples Center, a 118-112 win by the Knicks, then finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in a 121-107 loss in New York.

    His development was even more evident last month against the visiting Lakers, when he scored 37 points on 14-of-26 shooting, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. He also took 11 rebounds and blocked five shots.

    Russell was traded to the Brooklyn Nets last summer to make room for rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, another second overall pick who was one of the best players on the floor when the Lakers played the Knicks last month, finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

    Ball will miss his fourth straight game Sunday with a knee injury, however, and his 10th game overall this season because of injuries.

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored a team-high 24 points against New York last month, is questionable with a right Achilles tendon strain. Brandon Ingram, the team's second-leading scorer at 15.9 points, is also questionable with a mild left ankle sprain.

    All three missed Friday's game against the visiting Indiana Pacers, but Los Angeles still managed a 99-86 victory behind 33 points off the bench from point guard Jordan Clarkson, who has been able to ignore trade rumor distractions.

    "I'm just hooping to be honest with you," Clarkson told the Orange County Register after the game. "If I'm here, I'm going to help them win games, impact how I can. If I'm not, it is what it is."

    Lakers point guard Tyler Ennis, who didn't play against the Knicks last month, will likely continue to start at point guard. He has been performing well before passing the baton to Clarkson for long stretches.

    Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points in a 117-115 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday that kept New York from dropping six games below .500 for the first time this season. He was 6 for 7 from 3-point range and New York shot 11 of 20 as a team.

    "I liked the effort," New York coach Jeff Hornacek told Newsday. "We just have to continue to be smart. We got to continue to be stronger, continue to be aggressive."

    Lakers rookie forward Nigel Hayes, who signed a training-camp deal with the Knicks before spending the entire season in the G League, signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers earlier this week. He did not play in his first game in uniform Friday night.

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    Thanks again, Rady.

    This game runs opposite Jaguars/Patriots, so I have to switch between them. Assume most people will be doing the same.

    This is the 5th of the 5 game stretch that started with the home game against the Pelicans and ran through 4 away games against teams with bad records. I said before this stretch I would be happy with 3 wins. We’ll get those 3 wins if we win today, but those losses against New Orleans and Memphis were such bummers, even if we do take 3 out of 5.

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    On a side note, I like that Hornacek implied after the Jazz game that Jack, Ntilikina, and Burke are competing for minutes at PG. At some point though, if the losses continue to accumulate, Jack needs to take a permanent backseat.

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    Just like the Memphis game..smh..bad team with best players injured we better not find a way to tank this game.

    Play the Michigan backcourt of Burke and hardaway!


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    Go Knicks! If we want the front office to bring in reinforcements, for a playoff run, then the team need to go 4-1 the next 5 games...

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    Originally Posted by Paul1355
    Just like the Memphis game..smh..bad team with best players injured we better not find a way to tank this game.

    Play the Michigan backcourt of Burke and hardaway!


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    Very fortunate to win the Jazz game too. Can't take anyone lightly when you get beat by an undermanned MEM team and squeak by an 8 game under .500 Jazz team. Jack will still start and get the bulk of the minutes at PG until Trey gets more run time with the team, he was talking about not fully being on the same page with the team on plays. Unfortunately teams don't get much practice on road trips so it'll be a few weeks before he could possibly replace Jack in the starting lineup.

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    Love these afternoon games that i can watch before i go to bed! Lakers with some missing pieces, we need to get this one!

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    Just tuned in but Nits first PG off the bench not Trey. Tie game 19-19 early.

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    The rook Nits doesn't like to shoot, he got close to the rim and passed it to Enes. Would have been easier to take the shot.

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    Good game by Nits so far nailing a corner 3.

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    8-0 run by LA in 43 secs, 8 TO's by the Knicks 11pts off them, Lakers lead 43-34

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    Having Burke emerge as a threat to his minutes has lit a spark to Ntilikina.

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    Ntilikina looks like an all star today. Dimes, 3s, midrange jumpers and dribble penetration for buckets.

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    Originally Posted by htr10
    Having Burke emerge as a threat to his minutes has lit a spark to Ntilikina.
    I'd leave Nits out there today. Maybe this is his breakout game. Ler him play 30 mins.

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    3rd foul on KP still 6 mins left in the half.

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