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Max Piner

My name is Max Piner and I am currently a graduate student in the sport management program at Long Beach State University. I am also currently a sales coordinator for luxury transportation company Lux Bus America. I did my undergraduate studies at Chapman University in Orange, California where I was a business administration major as well as a four year member of the men's basketball team. I am originally from Northridge, California where I attended Chaminade High School in West Hills. Lastly, writing and basketball are my two passions, and as a lifelong Lakers fan I am very excited to be a contributing member to Lakers Nation.

Number of Entries : 46

Lakers vs. Warriors Preview: Lakers Look to Avoid Embarrassment

Coming off another performance in which they did not belong on the same floor as the opposing team, the Lakers will look to gain any sort of positive momentum as they wind down the season. The Warriors are having one of the best seasons in the history of their franchise, and they are intent on getting the best seed possible in the Western Conference playoff race. The Warriors will be playing the second nigh ...

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Lakers vs. Trail Blazers Game Preview: Lakers Look to Upset Blazers

While the Portland Trail Blazers got off to an outstanding start to the season, the team had been struggling of late, particularly against the NBA's elite. Much of this had to do with ongoing injuries to franchise player LaMarcus Aldridge. Since Aldridge returned from injury last week, the Blazers have gone 3-0, with two of those victories coming against the Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls. The Blazers ...

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Lakers vs. Bucks Game Preview: Lakers Look to Defeat Lowly Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks come into tonight's match-up in a battle with the Philadelphia 76ers for the worst record in the NBA. Though the Sixers are a game away from tying the NBA record for losing streaks (they currently sit on 25-straight losses), the Bucks have managed to maintain the worst record in the NBA. Milwaukee is sitting on an eight-game losing streak, and have had a miserable season from the outset. ...

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Lakers vs. Nuggets Game Preview: Lakers Look to Recover from Worst Loss in Franchise History

As professional athletes, each member of the Lakers should be embarrassed with their effort last night. Tonight's matchup with the Denver Nuggets, who have lost 12 of 14 themselves, will show the competitive nature of each player on the team. Last night's loss to the Clippers, a historic 142-94 defeat, was the worst final margin in the history of the proud Laker franchise. Denver has been a difficult place ...

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Lakers vs. Pelicans Game Preview: Lakers Look for Third Straight Victory

The Lakers come into tonight's matchup looking for something that has not happened since November for them: a three-game winning streak. The Lakers gutted out a victory last night in Portland on a lob play from Kent Bazemore to Wesley Johnson. Needless to say, not many expected the Lakers to go into the Rose Garden and pull out a victory.  Their opponent tonight, the New Orleans Pelicans, are currently on a ...

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Lakers vs. Rockets Game Preview: Lakers Look to Come Out of Break Strong

Tonight marks the first game post All-Star break for both the Lakers and the Houston Rockets. The "Dwight Howard facing his former team" narrative is likely to not be as strong of a story as it was at the beginning of the year when the two teams met. However, expect to hear heavy boos from the Los Angeles crowd when Dwight's name is announced in the starting lineup and when he touches the ball in the early ...

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Lakers vs. Cavaliers Game Preview: Lakers Look To End Seven Game Skid

Steve Blake and Steve Nash come back, and Jordan Hill and Jodie Meeks go down. The Lakers can't catch a break and continue to deal with a thin bench. While not many people expected the Lakers to be very good this year even with a healthy roster, the Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to be a playoff team in a weak Eastern Conference. The Cavs' season has gone about as bad as it possibly could have up to this ...

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Lakers vs. Magic Game Preview: Lakers Continue Road Trip In Orlando

The Magic are one of several teams in the league that are focused on developing their young players while focusing their efforts on building through the draft. Ever since Dwight Howard left town, the Magic have decided to stockpile young assets and to obtain as many draft picks as possible. They do have some good young talent, but they have a thin roster overall and their poor record shows it as they come i ...

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Lakers vs. Suns Game Preview: Lakers Look to Get Out of Rut

The Phoenix Suns come in as perhaps the most surprising team in the NBA to this point, with first-year coach Jeff Hornacek certainly in the mix for Coach of the Year. The Suns, who many saw as one of the teams “tanking” for a top draft pick, come in with a 21-16 record and currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They did, however, lose point guard and budding All-Star E ...

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Lakers vs. Mavericks Game Preview: Lakers Look to Rebound from Embarrassing Home Loss

Both the Lakers and the Mavericks come into tonight’s matchup off of poor efforts on their home floors. The Lakers put forth one of their worst efforts of the season in giving up 137 points to a struggling Denver Nuggets team, including 44 points in a fourth quarter where the Lakers seemed to give up. In their game on Sunday night, the Dallas Mavericks scored a season-low 80 points in a 12-point loss to the ...

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