Kings-Lakers recap: Sacramento comeback spoils LeBron’s return

The Lakers lost a 10-point lead after three quarters to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

The Sacramento Kings spoiled what was supposed to be a celebratory night for the Los Angeles Lakers with a 110-106 comeback victory. The Lakers led 88-78 after three quarters only to lose in the final period. Tyrese Haliburton was the star for Sacramento, finishing with 23 points and 10 assists. LeBron James finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and five turnovers in 32 minutes of action.

The Kings took a 106-101 lead with just under two minutes left on a 3-pointer from Terence Davis. A 3-pointer by LeBron James cut the lead back to 106-104 but nevertheless, the Lakers were in the unexpected position of playing from behind against a Kings without two of their top three leading scorers.

A block by Anthony Davis gave the Lakers new life with 20 seconds left down 108-106. The Kings stopped the potential transition opportunity, forcing LeBron James to call a timeout with seven seconds left.

Lakers at Wizards: Davis has 26 but Lakers falter in D.C.

The Los Angeles Lakers finished their final extended road trip of the season in a loss against the Washington Wizards.

Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis had yet another efficient night from the field but the Brow’s efforts alone were not enough to slow down a red-hot Washington Wizards team that continues their recent rise up the Eastern Conference standings. Washington closed out the Lakers on Wednesday night, 116-107.

Russell Westbrook was the star for the Wizards, scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds, and 14 assists while the NBA’s second-leading scorer, Bradley Beal, had 27 for Washington.

In addition to 26 points on 50% shooting for Davis, Andre Drummond filled up the stat-sheet with 17 points and 11 rebounds on the night. While the Lakers were able to generate a great deal of 3-point attempts, they shot only 29% from the 3-point line.

The Lakers defense, which has been their calling card all season long, delivered little resistance in their final game before returning home to Los Angeles as the Wizards shot over 52% from the field. Washington’s efficient shooting was fueled by 62 points in the paint.

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Lakers at Wizards: Lineups, injury report and broadcast info for Wednesday

The Los Angeles Lakers are in Washington to face off against one of the hottest teams in the league on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Lakers finish the final extended road trip of their hellacious 72-game schedule on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards in the nation’s capital. However, the team awaiting the Lakers is an even better team than the Wizards team that handed them a loss earlier this season at Staples Center.

Despite their overtime home loss on Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs, the Wizards have turned things around considerably. By trading away its previous starting center Moe Wagner and adding Daniel Gafford from the Chicago Bulls, Washington has improved its defense massively. Since the trade deadline passed on March 25, the Wizards have had a top-five rated defense, according to NBA.com

Here’s when you should tune in to see the game:

  • Date: Wednesday, April 28
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT
  • TV Channel: ESPN

Injury Report:

Los Angeles: Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marc Gasol and Dennis Schröder are probable. LeBron James and Jared Dudley are out. Alex Caruso is questionable.

Washington: Robin Lopez is probable to play. Deni Advija and Thomas Bryant are out.

Probable starting lineups

Los Angeles Lakers

  • F Kyle Kuzma
  • F Anthony Davis
  • C Andre Drummond
  • G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • G Dennis Schroder

Washington Wizards

  • G Russell Westbrook
  • F Rui Hachimura
  • C Alex Len
  • G Bradley Beal
  • G Raul Neto

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Klutch Sports named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential Companies

Klutch Sports, founded by Rich Paul, has been named one of the most influential companies by Time Magazine.

It has been less than 10 years since Rich Paul decided to leave Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and start Klutch Sports, bringing his longtime friend and business partner, LeBron James, as his primary client. But what began as a venture with two close friends has ballooned into a global sports empire, becoming a leading force in the sports talent world.

Klutch Sports is now mentioned in the same breath as Wasserman and CAA. It even landed a major investment from United Talent Agency last season to help UTA branch out its sports division. During that time, Klutch has expanded from the NBA to the NFL and MLB. Its growth even caught the eye of Time Magazine, which named it one of the 100 most influential companies of 2021 in the latest edition of the annual list.

Klutch Sports continues to raise the bar across the realm of sports representation and they have continued to grow, adding likely top picks in the upcoming NFL and NBA drafts.

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Klutch Sports named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential Companies

Klutch Sports, founded by Rich Paul, has been named one of the most influential companies by Time Magazine.

It has been less than 10 years since Rich Paul decided to leave Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and start Klutch Sports, bringing his longtime friend and business partner, LeBron James, as his primary client. But what began as a venture with two close friends has ballooned into a global sports empire, becoming a leading force in the sports talent world.

Klutch Sports is now mentioned in the same breath as Wasserman and CAA. It even landed a major investment from United Talent Agency last season to help UTA branch out its sports division. During that time, Klutch has expanded from the NBA to the NFL and MLB. Its growth even caught the eye of Time Magazine, which named it one of the 100 most influential companies of 2021 in the latest edition of the annual list.

Klutch Sports continues to raise the bar across the realm of sports representation and they have continued to grow, adding likely top picks in the upcoming NFL and NBA drafts.

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Lakers at Magic: Davis finds rhythm as Lakers snap losing streak

Anthony Davis finally saw the ball go through the net from all around the court in a Lakers win at Orlando.

Anthony Davis had struggled to find a rhythm in his first two games back after missing over two months of action. But AD reassured the Lakers and the reignited fears across the NBA that he is truly on the way. Davis played without restriction on Monday night, playing 31 minutes and going 8 for 15 from the field in a 114-103 win. AD’s night, as well as another double-double from Dennis Schröder, helped the Lakers snap a three-game losing streak.

While Monday’s opponent may be among the league’s surest victory right now, the Magic did not play like it on Monday and put a scare into the Lakers. Davis got off to a hot start but the Magic always had an answer, until the second half, in which the Lakers got into high gear. Montrezl Harrell also had one of his best games in quite a while, scoring 18 points for just the second time this month.

The Lakers got a needed win to snap out of the funk and they may soon get LeBron James, who is teasing his return.

Lakers at Mavericks: L.A. unable to hold halftime lead in Dallas

The Los Angeles Lakers were unable to hold on to their double-digit lead on Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Los Angeles Lakers started out Saturday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a great first half but they were unable to hold off a rally from the home team. The Mavericks outlasted the Lakers in Saturday day night’s primetime affair, 108-93. The Mavericks outscored the Lakers by 27 points in the second half to retake the lead and the game, helping the Mavericks add to their lead as the 6th seed in the Western Conference.

Despite the loss for the Lakers, they are still 1 and 1/2 games ahead of the Mavericks for the 5th seed in the West, which is clearly the most desired lower seed given the recent injury to Denver’s star guard Jamal Murray.

Anthony Davis played twice as many minutes as he did on Thursday, playing 28 minutes and scoring 17 points, three assists, and three rebounds. However, his efficiency was lacking as he was just 5 of 19 from the field. Ben McLemore led the Lakers with 20 points on the nights but was unable to will the Lakers to victory in a road situation.

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LeBron James jokes about Ohio bar owner who won’t air NBA games

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James reacted with humor to the latest story of hatred towards him from an Ohio bar owner.

Sometimes you have to laugh at things that seem ridiculous or even cruel. LeBron James reacted to the latest story about someone hating him by using his sense of humor on Saturday afternoon, just a few hours before his Los Angeles Lakers took on the Dallas Mavericks.

The Washington Examiner reported that a bar owner in Cincinnati, Ohio, has announced that he will not air any NBA games until LeBron James is “expelled” from the league. This absurd story was posted on Twitter by MSN, where LeBron found it and decided to offer up a joke that he had to cancel his plans to watch the Lakers tonight at the bar.

LeBron James is used to being a target of attacks from people from across all walks of life, but it usually relates to James being outspoken about things he believes in and being a target of politicians like Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, or former President Donald Trump.

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Lakers at Mavericks: Mavs spoil AD’s return to action

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night in Anthony Davis’ first game back from injury.

The Los Angeles Lakers came into Thursday night’s game with a chance to welcome back Anthony Davis to the lineup with a victory. However, Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks proved to be too much for the Lakers and Davis to handle on Thursday night. Despite a valiant effort in the second half, the Lakers fell to the Mavericks, 115-110. Doncic had 30 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and three steals in the win for Dallas.

Anthony Davis played 17 minutes in his first game back and scored four points on 2 of 10 shooting. It was definitely a night of shaking off the rust fo Davis, on both ends. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 29 points and Dennis Schröder had 25 points.

While the Mavericks won the game, they did lose Kristaps Porzingis to an injury during the game. While it’s unclear how severe the apparent ankle injury is for Porzingis, it seems like a safe bet that he won’t play in the second match-up between these two teams on Saturday night back in Dallas.

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Lakers at Mavericks: Lineups, injury report and broadcast info for Thursday

Anthony Davis will make his return to the floor for the Lakers against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

Things will look a lot different for the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night and it’s not just because they will be visiting the Dallas Mavericks. Anthony Davis is scheduled to make his return to the floor on Thursday night for the first time since getting hurt on February 14 against the Denver Nuggets.

Davis talked about making his return to the floor with reporters on Wednesday, but we’ve been talking about Davis and his return for quite a long time. Finally, for the Lakers and for Davis, the talking can subside and action can take center stage.

Awaiting Davis is a very talented Dallas team that will challenge him, particularly on the defensive end, as well as any offense in the league can. The pick and pop game of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis should present an interesting challenge for Davis and the elite Laker defense.

Here’s when you should tune in to see the game:

  • Date: Thursday, April 22
  • Time: 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT
  • TV Channel: TNT

READ: The 5-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s final game 

Injury Report:

Los Angeles: Davis is officially listed as questionable but told reporters on Wednesday he intends to play. Andre Drummond, Markieff Morris and Dennis Schroder are all probable to play. Marc Gasol is also listed as questionable. LeBron James and Marc Gasol are both listed as out. 

Dallas: The Mavericks did not submit an updated injury report.

Probable starting lineups

Los Angeles Lakers

  • F Kyle Kuzma
  • F Anthony Davis
  • C Andre Drummond
  • G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • G Dennis Schroder

Dallas Mavericks

  • F Dorian Finney-Smith
  • F Dwight Powell
  • C Kristaps Porzingis
  • G Luka Doncic
  • G Josh Richardson

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