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Cook vs Camby II


Wednesday, Jan. 14
7:30 pm
vs. Nuggets
TV: FSN, NBALP
Radio: KLAC-AM 570/KWKW-AM 1330


Brian Cook dropped in 13 pts leading the Lakers to a win vs. LeBron and the Cavs.

Probable Lineups:


Payton, Medvedenko, Grant, Rush, George
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Miller, NeNe, Camby, Lenard, Anthony

Injuries:
Shaquille O'Neal (Calf): Return - This week sometime??
Karl Malone (Knee): Return - Questionable
Kobe Bryant (Shoulder): Return - Questionable
Rick Fox (Foot): Return - Questionable

Last Game vs Denver (Lost 113-91):
Payton: 22 pts, 5 boards
George: 3 pts, 3 assists
Medvedenko: 7 pts, 2 boards
Grant: 3 pts, 5 boards, 4 assists
Cook: 4 pts, 8 boards, 4 blocks
Fisher: 4 pts, 4 assists
Rush: 14 pts, 1 assist
Walton: 5 pts, 2 boards, 2 assists
Russell: 0 pts, 4 boards
Sampson: 2 pts, 4 boards, 2 blocks
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I'm assuming Kareem will get the start while Kobe is out...
 

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Well, this game does go in Denver's favour again! Of course, IF Kobe plays, he won't be distracted by the "Guilty! Guilty" chants from the Denver chants!

If Kobe is out for this game, then the Lakers don't have a chance! This isn't Cleveland! The Cavs couldn't take advantage of Shaq, Malone, and Kobe were out! Denver will take full advantage of that!

This supporting Lakers cast will have to play WAY better than they have been playing these past few games to even have a chance against this revived Nuggets team!
 

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No Karl, No Shaq, No Kobe means Lakers lose 113 to 67. Oh wait, no Horace Grant too...then lakers lose 113 to 77. Hopefully we'll get lucky and Shaq or Kobe will be well enough to play, but I dont think they should if they are less than 80%.
 

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I'm predicting that Shaq will play.

Payton, Rush, George, Slava, Shaq should be enough to give Denver a run for their money, since it's a home game.

I say Lakers by 5.
 

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If Shaq plays:
LA 88
Denver 85

If Shaq sits;
Denver 95
LA 82
 

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No Karl, No Shaq, No Kobe means Lakers lose 113 to 67. Oh wait, no Horace Grant too...then lakers lose 113 to 77. Hopefully we'll get lucky and Shaq or Kobe will be well enough to play, but I dont think they should if they are less than 80%.
AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH, great comment about Horcace...
 

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Anyone know the latest on Shaq?
 

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Originally posted by <b>Damian Necronamous</b>!
Anyone know the latest on Shaq?
January 14, 2004

J.A. Adande: Solution Centers Around One Man

If it's Shaquille O'Neal's team, then it's Shaquille O'Neal's turn.

We're approaching the one-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant's scintillating stretch of basketball when he carried the Lakers back into the 2003 playoff picture. Now it looks as though Bryant won't even be able to raise a celebratory toast, as the Lakers disclosed that the sprained shoulder he suffered Monday would probably land him on the injured list next to Karl Malone.

There's only one player who can lessen the impact of two all-stars going down, one player who can prevent a season that began with visions of greatness from slipping into mediocrity. O'Neal needs to strap the Lakers to his back, the way Bryant did last year.

Of course, that would require O'Neal to step onto the court.

He hasn't played since he limped to the locker room with a strained right calf in Seattle on Jan. 2. He hasn't given an indication of when he will play again. He didn't practice or talk to reporters Tuesday.

Coach Phil Jackson said O'Neal had medical clearance to return.

If it doesn't happen tonight against Denver, it needs to happen Friday at Sacramento.

more...
http://www.latimes.com/sports/baske...1,3448393.column?coll=la-headlines-sports-nba
 

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Los Angeles center Shaquille O'Neal (calf, toe) has been medically cleared to return to the court, but he will not do so tonight against the Nuggets. He did not practice yesterday and is targeting this weekend for his return. The Lakers play the Kings on Friday and the Clippers on Saturday. "I think he understands we definitely need him out there to play to present the best opportunity for us to win," head coach Phil Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. "But he knows if he comes back and he's not right, it's not going to do any good. It's going to bring another injury around or bring something else that's not right for him." Meanwhile, Jackson also told the Times that Kareem Rush will replace Kobe Bryant (shoulder) in the starting lineup on Wednesday.

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Not for sure but I wouldnt be suprised if Shaq sits out and plays Friday!
 

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DAMN DAMN DAMN!

GP, Rush, George, Slava, Grant against Miller, Lenard, Anthony, Nene and Camby...it's gonna be a LOOOOOOOONG night.:(

GP, Rush and Slava will all need to put up big numbers for us to even have a chance tonight.
 

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Shaq should play.....

if he was cleared by the doctors. His lazy butt should get on the court and do the best he can AND lead his team. Forget about resting for the Kings. They should try to win this game tonight, because they got no shot at beating the Kings at Arco without Kobe, Malone, and back-up center/pf Ho Grant. No Shot!
 
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