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08:17 AM ET 11.01 | Just like that, Los Angeles is 0-2. [Including preseason, that's] 10 consecutive defeats -- not exactly an aura of invincibility, even if [Dwight Howard] is on board with Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash now. All of the Lakers' stars actually had some nice early moments Wednesday night, but the consistency and cohesion didn't come. It didn't help that Nash was limited to 16 minutes after he suffered a leg injury when tangled up near midcourt with [Damian Lillard] -- and that won't help the Lakers on Friday night against Clippers point guard Chris Paul, either. Nash said he was kneed on the outside of his lower left leg and is "hopeful" he can play Friday. Portland shot 50.6 percent from the field and committed just 12 turnovers to the Lakers' 25.

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November 1, 2012  08:27 AM ET

Mike Brown won't have a job very long if this keeps up. I never thought he was the right person anyways. B. Shaw would've been much better and respected. I know the Kobe homers are scratching their heads right about now.

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November 1, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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Yep, Shaw shouldve got the job. I think b/c of the nature of Phil's departure and Shaw's allegiance to Phil had A LOT to do w/ him not getting the job... Shaw's been in the game a long time and he's had a lot of experience coaching in the last 8 yrs or so...

+ 1000, could not have said it any better!

November 1, 2012  08:38 AM ET

Lakers problems will not be for a lack of their Stars scoring they have issues or no Defense and no bench play and most of all that darn Princeton offense is not what you run when you have a Steve Nash.

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November 1, 2012  08:41 AM ET

The Lakers... What the?.... 0-2, who would have thought. I say if they are 0-10, expect Mike Brown to be fired.. heck 0-5...

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November 1, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Miss the Suns training staff yet, bro?

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November 1, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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Jeremy Love had 12 points, 8 assists, and 4 steals in a win last night...

James Harden is looked like a superstar....although they DID play Detroit.

November 1, 2012  08:51 AM ET

Thread of the Day...

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November 1, 2012  08:55 AM ET

The Lakers have to find a way to put things together quickly. The excuse of "we have to learn how to play together" is not going to work. 10 loses during the preseason and now two loses beginning the regular season indicate "a problem." It appears that the defense is lacking more than the offense and the bench have to pick up their play quickly.

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