Score Strip

  1. League: NBA
  2. Charlotte vs. Miami
    7:00 PM
    7 CHA
    2 MIA
  3. Dallas vs. San Antonio
    8:00 PM
    8 DAL
    1 SA
  4. Portland vs. Houston
    9:30 PM
    5 POR
    4 HOU
  5. View All
17-25
93 -
Team 1 2 3 4
LAL 23 27 23 20
MEM 24 35 24 23
106
27-14

Lakers-Grizzlies Preview

AP - Sports

Kobe Bryant called for changes after the Los Angeles Lakers' most recent loss, the latest twist in a season that gets seemingly more hopeless by the day.

The Memphis Grizzlies have already made a minor move - though perhaps one that will keep them from doing something more drastic down the road.

The Lakers look to avoid a seventh straight road loss for the first time since their only non-playoff season of the last 20 years Wednesday night against a Grizzlies team that's struggling to score.

Los Angeles (17-24) is in 12th place in the Western Conference exactly halfway through its season, hardly the path it expected to be on after adding Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.

Things have only gotten worse in January. The Lakers lost for the ninth time in 11 games this month Monday in Chicago, getting outscored 26-14 in the fourth quarter of a 95-83 defeat that left Bryant wondering what's next.

"We're going to have to look at some things," he said. "We're going to have to change something. Probably going to have to post the ball a lot more, slow the game down a lot more. That's just my intuition, but that's my gut right now."

Bryant's suggestion would mean more touches for Pau Gasol, who came off the bench Monday for the second time in three games. He had 15 points and 12 rebounds against the Bulls, but has admitted to being "not excited" about his reserve role.

"I can't really worry about something that is out of my hands so I am just going to stay positive and do my best, but it is not something I am too thrilled about," Gasol said. "I wasn't expecting it. But right now we have bigger things to worry about as a group. As a team player that's what I'm most concerned about."

The Lakers are four games behind Houston for the West's eighth spot, but they've shown little to suggest they're capable of a turnaround. Los Angeles is 1-10 away from home against above-.500 teams, and a loss Wednesday would give the franchise its first seven-game road skid since 2004-05 - its lone season out of the playoffs since 1993-94.

The Lakers have already lost once at Memphis (26-14), falling 106-98 on Nov. 23 as Rudy Gay scored 21 points and Zach Randolph's 12 boards helped the Grizzlies hold a 39-28 rebounding edge. Howard and Gasol were held to a combined 13 points.

Gay and Randolph have been the subject of trade rumors with Memphis over the luxury tax threshold this season, though it still owes those two and Marc Gasol more than $100 million over the next two years. But the Grizzlies made a deal Tuesday to shed more than $6 million, trading Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future draft pick to Cleveland for Jon Leuer.

That will get Memphis under the threshold and should keep it from shopping Gay or Randolph until at least this summer, but the Grizzlies are having enough offensive troubles as it is. They were held to 85 points or fewer for the sixth straight game Monday, falling 82-81 to visiting Indiana.

"I think we just get too complacent," guard Mike Conley said. "I think we start the game one way, up-tempo and in the flow, and as soon as that happens we try to get the ball inside and try to slow it down.

"We're playing two ways. We just have to find one easy flow and keep the momentum."

Ellington led Memphis with 17 points Monday, and without his 42.3 percent 3-point shooting, one of the league's worst teams from long distance is in more trouble. The Grizzlies are shooting 25.0 percent (22 of 88) from beyond the arc in their last eight games.

View Comments
  • Sharks confident with chance to sweep LA Kings

    Sharks confident with chance to sweep LA Kings

    Joe Thornton and the Sharks have been in command of many playoff series over the past decade. That's why the Sharks are both comfortable and concerned with a chance to finish off the reeling Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the first round on … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony

    Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony

    Potential free agent Carmelo Anthony will be asked to give the New York Knicks a discount on his next contract in order to help build a title contender, team president Phil Jackson said on Wednesday. Anthony, who finished the 2013-14 NBA season … More »

    Reuters - 7 minutes ago
  • NBA-Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony

    Potential free agent Carmelo Anthony will be asked to give the New York Knicks a discount on his next contract in order to help build a title contender, team president Phil Jackson said on Wednesday. Anthony, who finished the 2013-14 NBA season … More »

    Reuters - 11 minutes ago
  • Royals coach has surgery on broken left arm

    Kansas City Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz had surgery on his broken left arm, an injury he sustained when he was hit by a line drive during pregame batting practice. Kuntz had a plate and eight screws inserted during the operation Wednesday at … More »

    AP - Sports - 12 minutes ago
  • Perez help Rangers sweep A's with 3-0 win

    Perez help Rangers sweep A's with 3-0 win

    Martin Perez pitched his second consecutive shutout to extend his scoreless innings streak to 26 and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday. Donnie Murphy homered and Michael Choice … More »

    AP - Sports - 15 minutes ago
  • Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

    Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

    ''Happy Birthday, Wrigley Field,'' it read. Exactly 100 years after the Chicago Federals pounded the Kansas City Packers in the first game at the famed ballpark, Wrigley was the scene of a joyous birthday bash on Wednesday afternoon. Banks and … More »

    AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago
  • Indians don't think Salazar is tipping pitches

    Indians don't think Salazar is tipping pitches

    The Indians believe the only tipping Danny Salazar is doing is to cab drivers and waitresses. One night after Cleveland's struggling right-hander said he might be tipping his pitches, Indians manager Terry Francona said Salazar is just leaving too … More »

    AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago
  • Joakim Noah is suing his former shoemaker, claiming they failed to pay him and contributed to his foot injuries

    Joakim Noah is suing his former shoemaker, claiming they failed to pay him and contributed to his foot injuries

    Joakim Noah work Le Coq Sportif from 2007 to 2013. … More »

    Ball Don't Lie - 18 minutes ago
  • Selanne’s son tweets disapproval, suggests roster move for Boudreau

    Selanne’s son tweets disapproval, suggests roster move for Boudreau

    Part of growing up is making mistakes and learning from them. Just ask Eemil Selanne, son of Ducks forward Teemu Selanne. He is learning a very important lesson today: whatever you say on the internet is here forever. Not only … Continue reading → … More »

    Puck Daddy - 20 minutes ago
  • Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley's 100th

    Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley's 100th

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Fittingly, the Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field's 100th birthday with a loss - a dramatic, error-filled one, at that. … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago
  • Bobcats' Al Jefferson in starting lineup

    Bobcats' Al Jefferson in starting lineup

    MIAMI (AP) -- Al Jefferson is in Charlotte's starting lineup for Game 2 of the Bobcats' Eastern Conference first-round series against the Miami Heat. … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago
  • Oldest ex-Major League Baseball player dies in Cuba at 102

    Oldest ex-Major League Baseball player dies in Cuba at 102

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Conrado Marrero, at 102 the oldest former Major League Baseball player and a patriarch of Cuban baseball known for his quick wit and goofy pitching delivery, died on Wednesday at his home in Havana. Marrero, who … More »

    Reuters - 25 minutes ago
  • Bills to issue store credits to end text claim

    The Buffalo Bills are going to pay up for oversharing. The team has reached a settlement with fans who say the team sent them too many texts, agreeing to issue debit cards for the Bills store worth $58 to $75 each. Along with the $2.5 million … More »

    AP - Sports - 33 minutes ago
  • Criminal charges considered after peewee hockey brawl in Winnipeg

    WINNIPEG - Criminal charges have been recommended following a peewee hockey brawl in Winnipeg, but police say they haven't decided if there will be any arrests. Jason Michalyshen said Wednesday that Crown prosecutors reviewed the case and suggested … More »

    The Canadian Press - 35 minutes ago
  • Tampa's Johnson, Palat up for Calder

    Tampa's Johnson, Palat up for Calder

    Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award. They're joined by Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche in the running for the Calder Trophy. Johnson had a rookie team-record 24 goals … More »

    AP - Sports - 36 minutes ago
  • Death of Australian player weighs heavy on team

    Death of Australian player weighs heavy on team

    The locker where Chris Lane once got ready to play now sits empty on the campus of East Central University in Ada. He died less than a day before he was scheduled to return to East Central to start his senior season. … More »

    AP - Sports - 40 minutes ago
  • Sherman addresses race issue at Harvard

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says he refuses to back down from his raging rant after the NFC championship game because he wants to ''educate the uneducated.'' … More »

    AP - Sports - 41 minutes ago
  • Mike Francesa may have just tipped the Giants' 2014 schedule

    Mike Francesa may have just tipped the Giants' 2014 schedule

    Did Mike Francesa just reveal the Giants' 2014 schedule? … More »

    Shutdown Corner - 42 minutes ago
  • Seahawks QB Wilson divorcing from wife

    Seahawks QB Wilson divorcing from wife

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has announced that he and his wife Ashton are divorcing. Wilson made the announcement in a statement released by the Seahawks on Wednesday. He says decisions like this are not easy and respectfully asks … More »

    AP - Sports - 46 minutes ago
  • NCAA proposal for governance change

    Highlights from a proposal to change governance at the NCAA. The Division I Board of Directors is expected to discuss the plan Thursday: - The five biggest football conferences - the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC - would gain more autonomy … More »

    AP - Sports - 48 minutes ago
  • Klinsmann close to finalizing pre-World Cup roster

    Just three weeks remain before the start of the United States' pre-World Cup training camp, and coach Jurgen Klinsmann is close to finalizing the players he'll invite. Preliminary 30-man rosters are due to FIFA by May 13, the day before the … More »

    AP - Sports - 49 minutes ago
  • Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    (Reuters) - Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he will take his time and "be smart" when he faces Marcos Maidana of Argentina for their welterweight title unification in Las Vegas next week. Mayweather, who has a 45-0 record … More »

    Reuters - 50 minutes ago
  • Freestyle skiing pioneer Burke among new Canada's Sports Hall of Fame members

    Freestyle skiing pioneer Burke among new Canada's Sports Hall of Fame members

    Now, Sarah Burke's legacy will live on in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Burke, who tragically died at age 29 from a training accident in 2012, headlined the 2014 class named for induction Wednesday. "I think she'd be pretty overwhelmed, she'd be … More »

    The Canadian Press - 50 minutes ago
  • Ishikawa refuses minors, now free agent

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Travis Ishikawa, the Pittsburgh Pirates' opening-day first baseman, refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis and elected to become a free agent. … More »

    AP - Sports - 52 minutes ago
  • Phils activate P Hamels to face Dodgers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have activated Cole Hamels from the disabled list to make his season debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers. … More »

    AP - Sports - 59 minutes ago
  • Russell Wilson, wife file for divorce after two years of marriage

    Russell Wilson, wife file for divorce after two years of marriage

    The Seattle quarterback has filed for divorce. … More »

    Shutdown Corner - 59 minutes ago
  • The 10-man rotation, starring the Rockets' reserves and the potential folly of not using them

    The 10-man rotation, starring the Rockets' reserves and the potential folly of not using them

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. … More »

    Ball Don't Lie - 1 hour 2 minutes ago
  • Oldest ex-MLB player Marrero dies at 102

    Oldest ex-MLB player Marrero dies at 102

    Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He wasn't reacting,'' Rogelio Marrero … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 4 minutes ago
  • Country star McGraw loves life in GT fast lane

    Tim McGraw drives in the carpool lane most days instead of pushing 100 mph with the windows rolled down and hair pulled back. ''I drive the Griswold family cruiser,'' McGraw said, laughing. So McGraw, a noted car enthusiast, traded his cowboy hat … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 4 minutes ago
  • Valcke 'happy' with Cuiaba stadium despite delays

    Valcke 'happy' with Cuiaba stadium despite delays

    FIFA's top World Cup official is satisfied with the pace of work at the stadium in the western Brazilian city of Cuiaba even though a delay in the delivery of seats prompted the venue's inauguration to be postponed this week. FIFA Secretary General … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 6 minutes ago
  • Kidd not worried about Pierce for Game 3

    Kidd not worried about Pierce for Game 3

    Jason Kidd never appears worries about anything, certainly not about someone like Paul Pierce. Even if Pierce's matchup was completely one-sided in Toronto's favor in Game 2. He couldn't get his shot to fall, couldn't keep his man off the boards, … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 8 minutes ago
  • Happy 100th, Wrigley Field! A few memories

    Happy 100th, Wrigley Field! A few memories

    Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, marks the 100th anniversary of its first game on Wednesday with a matchup against Arizona. Some stars who graced its friendly confines offer their memories: --- Mike Ditka has a question. Well, an … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 10 minutes ago
  • Wizards back home leading Bulls 2-0

    Wizards back home leading Bulls 2-0

    The Chicago Bulls failed to score for more than seven minutes. This was the final 3:53 of regulation and the first 3:45 of overtime in Game 2 of a playoff series. Chicago got to the postseason by being stingy. Yet, so far at least, the Washington … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 12 minutes ago
  • Bears, RB Draughn agree on 1-year deal

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with running back Shaun Draughn. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 12 minutes ago
  • Jackson reiterates he won't coach Knicks

    Jackson reiterates he won't coach Knicks

    The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated. Phil Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks. Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday that he won't be … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 12 minutes ago
  • Johnson, Poythress returning to Kentucky

    Johnson, Poythress returning to Kentucky

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's frontcourt will bring back size and experience next season after freshman center Dakari Johnson and sophomore forward Alex Poythress announced they would return. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 16 minutes ago
  • Swan sells 2 cars, keeps Kligerman

    Troubled NASCAR team Swan Racing has found a home for driver Cole Whitt, while keeping Parker Kligerman under contract. Swan Racing minority owner Anthony Marlowe merged his ownership of the No. 26 team in BK Racing. Whitt will remain behind the … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 17 minutes ago
  • WHL to vote on sale of Regina Pats, Prince George Cougars to new owners

    CALGARY - The Western Hockey League will vote next week on the sale of two franchises. The Prince George Cougars and Regina Pats have both entered agreements to transfer ownership, the WHL said Wednesday in a statement. Rick Brodsky, the Cougars' … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 18 minutes ago
  • Josh Johnson will have Tommy John surgery, won't pitch an inning for Padres in 2014

    Josh Johnson will have Tommy John surgery, won't pitch an inning for Padres in 2014

    Johnson, 30, will have his second Tommy John surgery and be out of action for about a year. … More »

    Big League Stew - 1 hour 18 minutes ago
  • Basketball-Maccabi join Barcelona in Euroleague Final Four

    Former Euroleague winners Maccabi Tel Aviv reached the competition's May 16-18 Final Four after a 86-66 home win over Emporio Armani Milan on Wednesday completed a 3-1 victory in their best-of-five quarter-final series. Maccabi, who have four … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 19 minutes ago