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Jonathan is a staff writer for Lakers Nation. He also writes for Dodgers Nation and TouchdownLA. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @ijonathangarza.

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A Look at How Dwight Howard Makes the Lakers Better

By now you must be sick of hearing about the news that Dwight Howard is coming to the Lakers in a massive four-team trade that was submitted on Thursday night, putting a conclusion to months of speculation about whether or not the All-World center would be moved from the Orlando Magic. Now officially a Laker, the player known as Superman, will torment the NBA alongside a cast that includes arguably the grea ...

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Lakers vs. Thunder Pre-Game Report: L.A. Looks to Even Series

The city of Los Angeles fed off the touch of victory as within moments the Los Angeles Dodgers walked-off with a game-winning walk to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, and then urgently delivered the formula across town to Staples Center as the Lakers finished off the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Despite locking up down both Russell Westbrook and James Harden for the ...

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Lakers vs. Thunder Pre-Game Report: Scoring Powers Set to Explode

The electricity seems to be in the air across Los Angeles. It begins with the Lakers, who in Game 7 were terrific, shutting down the Denver Nuggets and getting the most out of both key and role players. That sort of effort will be required in each and every game in this upcoming series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that sat atop the Western Conference for the majority of the season. An 8-7 recor ...

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Lakers vs. Nuggets Pre-Game Report: Unfinished Business in Denver

Are the Lakers really down three games to two against the Denver Nuggets heading into a Game 6? Sadly, yes. A 43-point effort by Kobe Bryant was not nearly enough for the Lakers to withstand a combined 45 points by Andre Miller and JaVale McGee. The league's top shooting team averaged 104.1 points per game during the regular season, but have found themselves scoring just 95.4 in the playoffs. The output is ...

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Lakers vs. Nuggets Pre-Game Report: Lakers Look for 2-0 Lead

What an effort by Andrew Bynum and the Lakers in game one of the first round of the playoffs, as they shut down the Denver Nuggets 103-88, setting the pace leading into Game 2. The Nuggets are the NBA's top scoring offense, but weren't anything close to that, shooting 35.6 percent. Their 88 points are just over 16 points under their season average. But one number was indeed on par, their opponent's scoring ...

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Lakers vs. Spurs Pre-Game: A Final Meeting Before the Playoffs

The Lakers and Spurs will meet for the third and final time this regular season, all in a nine-day period. Both teams are playing very solid basketball, combining to go 9-1 in their last five games. That lone defeat was a Spurs victory over the Lakers on Tuesday night, a 112-91 drudging of the Lakers, who have been without Kobe Bryant for seven games now. The team is 5-2 in that period. Might tonight finall ...

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Lakers vs Spurs Pre-Game Report: Spurs Try to Figure Out Lakers

The Lakers really might have a blessing in disguise with the injury to Kobe Bryant. The Lakers star is still uncertain for tonight's contest, and will be a game-time decision for the sixth straight game. The team is in their final five games of the season, and would seem to be falling without their star player. However, it has been quite on the contrary. Bryant has exchanged the ball for a role as a Lakers ...

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Lakers vs. Spurs Pre-Game Report: Lakers Oppose Red-Hot Spurs

Oh Kobe, the team needs you more than you think. Bryant is out for tonight's first (yes, you read that right) encounter against the San Antonio Spurs, a likely second-round opponent if the standings stay true. The Spurs stand only one game behind the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, but oppose the Lakers three times in Los Angeles' final eight games. While the Lakers still have a chance to catch the Spurs, ...

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Lakers vs. Rockets Pre-Game Report: A Potential Playoff Preview

Here we go again. The Lakers have won seven of their last nine games, they clinched a tie-breaker over the Clippers in the Pacific Division, and appear to be ready for the playoffs. Tonight a rather interesting test awaits them with the Houston Rockets coming to town. The Rockets sit in a tie for the seventh spot, but are just a game and a half back for the fifth position, and a game above the Phoenix Suns ...

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Lakers vs. Nets Pre-Game Report: Short-Handed Nets Next For Lakers

New Jersey Nets (19-35) at Los Angeles Lakers (33-20) 7:30 PM PST, April 3, 2012 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California TV: Fox Sports West Radio: 710 AM (English), 1330 AM (Spanish) Nets Projected Starting Line-Up: PG: Deron Williams SG: MarShon Brooks SF: Gerald Wallace PF: Kris Humphries C: Johan Petro Key Reserves: G Anthony Morrow, G Gerald Green Lakers Last Five: 3-2, W vs GS, W vs NO, L vs OKC, W @ ...

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