Lakers guard Avery Bradley to miss another week; Kyle Kuzma questionable for Dallas

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Well, I’m just happy for him because it’s no fun sitting, especially when he’s off to such a strong start to his season,” he said. “So I’m just happy he’s going to get out and sweat a little more and start his progression towards the future.”There was other discouraging injury news: Kyle Kuzma did not practice Saturday afternoon, after spraining his left ankle late in the third quarter of Friday’s 125-103 victory over Washington. While he attempted to play through it, he left the game for the locker room early.He’s questionable to play against Dallas on Sunday afternoon.Aside from losing DeMarcus Cousins in the offseason, the Lakers have largely been dealing with minor, nagging injuries. Many of these have been borne by Anthony Davis, who has missed just one game but has been hit with shoulder and rib injuries during the season.Davis said it’s unlikely that he, much less the rest of the Lakers, will change his style of play to be more cautious about getting hurt. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Locking into Sunday won’t be a problem for the Lakers, who are facing Dallas for the first time since a thrilling 119-110 overtime victory over the upstart Mavericks on the road. Since that game, second-year forward Luka Doncic has been lighting the league aflame: He’s third in the league in scoring (30.8 ppg), second in assists (9.6 apg) and 17th in rebounding (9.9 rpg). Following a 42-point outburst in Phoenix on Friday night, Doncic became only the third player in NBA history to average a triple-double while scoring at least 30 points per game.His stat-sheet filling has drawn comparisons to Lakers star LeBron James, but the Lakers don’t necessarily agree with that. Vogel still acknowledged preparing to guard Doncic – who had 31 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in the last game – was going to make him lose sleep. Danny Green compared him to another natural scorer with some craftiness.“I compare him to a bigger Lou (Williams), where he gets to that left hand, and he gets that step back or fadeway, and you can’t really touch him,” Green said. “You’ve got to make sure you play good defense without fouling him.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed EL SEGUNDO — For the first time in weeks, Avery Bradley hit the practice floor.There was some good news Saturday following Bradley’s medical re-evaluation: The Lakers’ starting guard was cleared to start “basketball progression.” But the nebulous term means Bradley, who has dealt with a hairline fracture in his right leg, has further to go. He will also miss at least four more games, bringing his total to 13 missed starts for the 17-2 Lakers.The Lakers haven’t lost a game among the nine Bradley has missed, but the impact has been felt defensively: The Lakers have slipped in defensive rating from first to fifth. They’ve sported just the 10th-best defensive rating in the NBA over the past nine games (106.3).Bradley’s recovery has progressed from swimming and running on an Alter-G treadmill to now being able to bear full weight on his injured leg. He’s been a sideline presence as well. Frank Vogel was glad to see him back doing basketball activities.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “I don’t play careful,” he said. “If I’m gonna play, I’m gonna play. And I do what I gotta do to help the team win. So I still play the same exact way. If I step on the floor, then I’m gonna give it my all.”Lakers kick off challenging stretchAfter going 14-1 in November, one of the best records in a single month in franchise history, the Lakers face a significantly rockier challenge.After facing 11 opponents with losing records last month, December will flip the script: 10 of the Lakers’ 14 upcoming opponents are above .500. That comes with the additional difficulty of playing nine road games (the Lakers have yet to lose away from Staples Center).While the Lakers spouted off typical cliches about taking one game at a time, they also recognized how difficult the slate will get. Vogel called for a mental reset from his team.“Today we did talk about, ‘OK, in November we had a great month. That’s behind us. We’re 0-0 now,’” he said. “So every night is going to be a little more difficult than we faced last month. Yeah, we set the stage for what this month is going to look like and now, let’s lock into this one game.”Related Articleslast_img read more

MARK ENGLISH THROUGH TO EUROPEAN 800M FINAL

first_imgMark EnglishDONEGAL’S Mark English is through to the final of the 800M in the European Championships in Zurich.The Letterkenny athlete was a second faster than in the heats, but just made into the finals.With a run of 1:46.23 he was pushed into the fourth from second by Artur Kuciapski of Poland (1:46.05) and Switzerland’s Andreas Bube (1:46.09). France’s Pierre-Ambriose Boose led all the way and won in a time of 1:45.94. English admitted afterwards that he “tied up a bit” towards the end of the race and had never been as nervous as he was beforehand.“I’m just delighted to have made it into the final,” said Mark afterwards.“I was nervous; there’s no doubt about it. But it’s my first major final and I’m looking forward to it now.”Ireland’s athletics manager and fellow Donegal man Patsy McGonagle said he was ‘just delighted’ for the 21-year-old on qualifying. English was drawn in the first semi-final and needed to be in the top three positions to be sure of a place in the final. He ran a tactically smart race tracking the leaders every move.It was only in the last 50m that English began to struggle as he slipped down to fourth place.However there was joy for English as the second semi-final was much slower meaning he qualified for the final as a fastest loser.Commenting afterwards English said: “The aim coming in was to make the final so I am happy with that; it’s a relief now to be in the final. Of course I wanted to be in the top three but that doesn’t matter now. I’ll recover and give it my best in the final.”English’s performance means he becomes Ireland’s first 800m finalist since1998 when James McIlroy (cousin to golfer Rory) placed fourth. MARK ENGLISH THROUGH TO EUROPEAN 800M FINAL was last modified: August 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPSmark englishpatsy mcgonagleZurichlast_img read more