Suns vs. Lakers: It might be time for Phoenix to consider starting Cameron Payne over ailing Chris Paul

Chris Paul has played in 1,202 NBA games between the regular season and the postseason. He's started every one of them, and he's done so with practically every part of his body injured at some point or another. In the 2015 playoffs, he hurt his hamstring badly enough in Game 7 of his first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs that he had to miss the first two games of the second round ... but stayed in Game 7 to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Spurs with a dagger in the closing seconds. He limped through a knee injury early in the 2017-18 season, sat out only two games after suffering a concussion in 2011 and has gone through at least six significant hand injuries since reaching the NBA. Paul plays through injuries. It's one of his greatest traits. And right now, it's killing the Phoenix Suns as they attempt to mount a comeback bid against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers while Paul recovers from a shoulder injury.
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Montrezl Harrell’s cryptic post ahead of Game 3 vs. Suns

Montrezl Harrell may or may not be cryptically complaining about his recent playing time ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 3 contest versus the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. Harrell’s Instagram account posted an image showing Harrell strolling into Staples Center with a black Broken Promises (I think) hoodie...
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope injury update, per his wife McKenzie

Los Angeles Lakers fans received an encouraging update on the injury status of swingman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, courtesy of his wife, McKenzie. “KCP is okay. Thank you for the well wishes!” McKenzie wrote on her Instagram story after 11 a.m. PT on Friday. Caldwell-Pope was forced to leave the Lakers’ Game...

Andre Drummond imitating LeBron James as he destroys Jae Crowder is the most hilariously disrespectful thing I’ve ever seen

As LeBron James called for approximately 943 straight isolations on Jae Crowder last night, absolutely determined to clown the Phoenix Suns defensive specialist in front of a national television audience as the Lakers built their Game 3 lead, those with eagle eyes may have noticed something even funnier than James’ casual flaming of Crowder going on behind him: Andre Drummond, having maybe the most fun of his entire NBA career while getting his second-ever playoff win.

Lakers extend STAPLES Center partnership through 2041 season

LOS ANGELES – Seventeen-time NBA Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers and AEG, the owners of STAPLES Center, have signed a long-term lease extension agreement ensuring that the defending World Champions will remain in their downtown Los Angeles home arena through the 2041 season. Since beginning their first season on November...

Reacts: Lakers vs. Suns voted most entertaining first-round series by NBA fans

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Los Angeles Lakers fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. With the first-round of the playoffs underway, the most noticeable difference in the...

LeBron Drills Dagger 3, Lakers Clinch: Hello Playoffs

The guys have been putting in overtime to punch their ticket to the playoffs. And tonight, the team took the floor and faced the 39-33 Golden State Warriors. Thanks for your patience, your defending champs officially clinched a playoff spot after defeating the Warriors 103-100. It was an unbelievable battle,...
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Roundtable discussion: Where do Lakers and Clippers stand two games into playoffs?

Times reporters covering the Lakers-Suns and Clippers-Mavericks playoff series give some insight and analysis into what happened during Game 2 on Tuesday night. Andrew Greif: It has been said that playoff series are long and can turn quickly. But after two games in the Lakers’ series against Phoenix, and the Clippers’ matchup against Dallas, each team certainly feels like it’s at a pivotal point already. The Lakers are tied with the Suns after splitting games on the road. The Clippers are down 0-2 to the Mavericks with the series headed to Dallas. Dan and BT, what is the sense you get from the Lakers right now?

Los Angeles Lakers win to keep top-6 hopes alive as LeBron James returns

Winners of four in a row and boasting a healthy roster for the first time in months, the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers sound confident no matter how their repeat title bid begins, play-in tournament or not. "Let the chips fall where they may," LeBron James said after playing for...

Lakers fans chant 'Kobe' in closing seconds of first home playoff win since 2012

When Kobe Bryant scored 36 points to lead the 2011-12 Los Angeles Lakers to a Game 3 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in their second-round series, fans of the team likely believed they'd be able to witness their favorite player lead them to dozens more playoff victories before he finally called it a career. At 34-years-old, Bryant was aging, but still a superstar, and only months later, the Lakers acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash and became Western Conference favorites.

Kyle Kuzma wants to help the Lakers on offense without forcing shots

Kyle Kuzma has scored just two points in his last two appearances with the Los Angeles Lakers, which is the lowest two-game point total of his young career. Both of his points came in the Lakers’ Game 2 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. In Game 1, he scored zero points in 19 minutes.

Jason Kidd says he would ‘love’ to be a head coach again

Last offseason, the Lakers didn’t suffer the brain drain that often happens to teams that just won the championship. Phil Handy rebuffed interest from the Brooklyn Nets to stay on Frank Vogel’s coaching staff, and Jason Kidd didn’t get the head coaching jobs he interviewed for with the Nets, New York Knicks or New Orleans Pelicans.