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Devin Ebanks recalled as Matt Barnes awaits results of MRI exam

The Lakers recalled rookie Devin Ebanks from the NBA Development League, a direct result of losing Matt Barnes to a right-knee injury Friday against New Orleans.

Barnes was injured when he landed off-balance while pursuing a rebound in the second quarter. Results of an MRI exam will not be known until later Saturday, but Barnes was limping notably after the game and said he might have sustained cartilage damage or a bone bruise.

Ebanks averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in five games with the Bakersfield Jam.

Reserve Lakers guard Steve Blake was in a practice uniform Saturday morning and did not appear to have any lingering issues with a sprained left ankle he sustained Friday after missing a layup in the third quarter. 

-- Mike Bresnahan

 
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Not Surprising the Devin's Been Recalled. He's shown some good defense and ability to score some points. Not Matt, but a good temporary replacement while Matt heals up.

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MVP, LROB:

Don't forget, if the three-point line existed during the 60s-70s, Jerry West and the Lakers would've had at least one more Larry O'Brien trophy. The 63-footer of West would've won Game 3 and the championship in 6 games instead of losing to the Knicks in 7 games in 1970. Beantown would be sitting on 17 championships and the Lakers would have 17 too.

Unfortunately, "WHAT IF" ALWAYS FALLS SHORT OF "WHAT IS"...

GET WELL SOON MATT AND STEVE!!!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Great News About Steve Blake!!!

This kid Ebanks should have stay with the team. He's NBA ready. I like hid D and spirit.

This is the most opportune time to resign Javaris Crittenton. Just last month, Crittenton was cut by his club team in China where he averaged 25 points a game. I read it wasn't so much his inability to play but rather he was unable to adjust to life in that country.

Javaris Crittenton puzzles me. He seems to be a good player...so wth he was doing in China?

This is the most opportune time to resign Javaris Crittenton. Just last month, Crittenton was cut by his club team in China where he averaged 25 points a game. I read it wasn't so much his inability to play but rather he was unable to adjust to life in that country.

Glad for the W last night. Drew and Pau looked good, and LO was his usual self...great!

Hope Blaker is ok.

Sorry to see Matt go down but, hope DE gets a little burn...been curious to see how he plays with the regulars.

Now let's take care of bizz against the Knicks. I'd like to see Drew and Pau harass and frustrate Amare, all game long.
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@Ramneetkb24: Good to see you posting again...like to read what the youngins think about the team.:-)

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@LRob: For today's musical contribution, here's one I'm sure you can appreciate. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtXFdQmNI10&feature=autoplay&list=MLGxdCwVVULXfDAJ4LQR90ev_1Xhupxj5t&index=7&playnext=6

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Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

MVP, LROB:

Don't forget, if the three-point line existed during the 60s-70s, Jerry West and the Lakers would've had at least one more Larry O'Brien trophy. The 63-footer of West would've won Game 3 and the championship in 6 games instead of losing to the Knicks in 7 games in 1970. Beantown would be sitting on 17 championships and the Lakers would have 17 too.

Unfortunately, "WHAT IF" ALWAYS FALLS SHORT OF "WHAT IS"...

GET WELL SOON MATT AND STEVE!!!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Posted by: The Triangulator | January 08, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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Yep. If only we could re-write history! That is why I can't get enough of the Quentin Tarantino flick "Inglorious Basterds." I suppose that is also some of the fun of playing these sports video games that allow you to play historic teams against one another, although I don't play them. I was a Strat-O-Matic Baseball addict when I was a kid though!

Sunday's game will be a classic match up with modern all stars playing their hearts out. I have to echo the "What if" regarding Jerry West's downtown basket from year's past... It's all about "Now" and not living on coattails of legends past. Live for today!

Get well Barnes and Blake as we head towards halfway point of the season! I expect Blake to play with taped ankle. Ebanks' progress warrants his playing on big show center court.

Let's go Lakers... pound "Defense" and limited turnovers into your mindset. We want to send Spike Lee and the Knicks back New York with another loss. Granted, Knicks are playing well but the Lakers can play their game, too, fast and furiously up and down the court.

I am super excited to see Devin Ebanks play, I hope he gets some minute on Sunday. He seems to be doing well in the d-league so this could be really interesting to watch.

Also: To continue on the discussion of the top 8 teams in the west. There is no doubt in my mid that the Lakers will come out on top eventually. With that being said, I am praying that the Trailblazers come in 8th so that I can drive down to Portland (5hrs) and watch a few games lol.

The mavs have a few injuries so their losses are piling up while we are on the midst of a 3 game winning streak. The spurs almost had a 3 game losing streak. The cracks in the West are starting to come out. This is where the Lakers start to shine. Give it till after the all star break. (I personally think they have let a few games go to give coach the week off) and we will be back on top.

KobeMVP888:

Strat-O-Matic Baseball. I remember it well... Roll those Dice!!!!

Go Lakers!!!!!!

Forget Javaris, forget a trade. Trey Johnson is making a name for himself, guy could very well end up being our fifth guard.

Doesn't have great speed or athleticism, left a great impression on Kobe, Fish and Ron. Plus, while, PJ didn't play him a lot, there's a lot to like. He can hit that mid-range shot consistently, given the nature of the Triangle, being 6'5 and 220, he can post up on guards and has a decent turnover to assist ratio.

Plus, being the D League's player of the month hasn't hurt his cause either.
If the Lakers don't sign Trey to a 10 day contract, somebody else will.

Hoping for good news on Barnes, he's one of our prime energy guys and has fit in better than I honestly thought he would. I agree with Sean, forget Javaris. There's generally good reasons when a guy doesn't pan out in the league. He had chances and didn't prove out. Don't know about Trey Johnson being any kind of solution this year but he's definitely a good project for the future. We've got the 3 pretty well covered fo backup until Matt makes it back - Kobe likes playing the wing, Odom does as well. And of course there's Luke, Devin, etc..

Let's hope Matt's injury isn't going to cost him more than a few weeks and very happy to hear that Blake is back in uniform. Love Ebanks and it looks like his number has been called. He should be getting a bit more PT so hopefully, he's up to the task and can show the staff that he can produce; given a real chance at significant minutes, I think he can play this game.

I'm with Diandra: after the ASG which marks the beginning of the 2nd half, we're going to see a different team. A lot of the kinks - mental and physical - will have been worked out and they will get back to the business of winning. The string of losses they put together against "sub-par" teams was alarming to them and I don't think they want to go down that road again, especially since the schedule will be harder playing against .500 teams.

SO, here's to Sunday's game against NY and it will be a good one. Amar'e is out to prove to the league and his bosses that he's worth every penny of his contract and of course, he's campaigning - with his play - to get Melo on board one way or another.

If the team can get by NY, then they'll be well on their way to racking up some easy wins against the Cavs, Warriors, Nets and possible the Clippers before meeting up with OKC. With Dallas losing strength and S.A. beginning to lose a little steam, the Lakers have a real opportunity to move up in the conference, unless of course, PJ really wants no part of coaching in the ASG!

GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST

Let's play with some attitude and bring back substance to justify the swagger!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4DlfEQ7cyk


@LROB...
"I enjoyed your random thoughts. However, I don't think a first round exit is possible."
--I almost agree with you! lol But, we both know that the NBA is all about match-ups. If the Lakers sunk to perhaps the 3rd or even 4th seed, presenting a match-up with an OKC or Utah, then an arrogant, "what-us-worry?" Lakers team could be upset, much like that heart-breaking experience back in 1986 against the Houston Rockets.


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@KOBEMVP888...
"I think it is still way too early to make any judgments about this team in relation to how it will perform in the playoffs. Health is always the #1 issue."
--Yes. Please keep stating this at least once a week until APRIL!!!!


"There are different types of arrogance and I don't think that the Lakers will go into the playoffs overconfident or cocky, but I do think they will display the championship demeanor to their opponents that sends a message to them that they are not ready to be dethroned. If you want it, you're going to have to take it from us, i.e., win by a knockout!"
--You have articulated with precision the razor-thin edge between confidence and arrogance much better than I did. EXCELLENT!


"...these guys have a certain intangible know-how that, in my opinion, precludes measuring where they are now versus where they will be when every playoff team starts out 0-0 in Round 1.
--Another EXCELLENT point. Lakers have a well to draw from that few other teams even understand. Boston does. San Antonio does to a lessor extent. Maybe Orlando & Miami. But all other teams face a dry-mouth panic at the same moment this Laker team sips from that well of experience.


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@JOLLY RANCHER...
"I'm recalling back last March when it looked like the team was in complete disarray...Suddenly they were hitting on all cylinders and playing hard for 48 min and boom Ring #2. I've learned my lesson on judging how early and mid-season play reflects on post season. Now I just hope for home court and leave it at that."
--Looks like YOU have learned how to drink from that same well that the Lakers do! Great perspective!


LakerMike

Get well MM, sucks to be knocked out of your weekend plans because of feeling under the weather.

Great news on Blaker.

Let's pray for just a minor injory for Matt.

I hope Ebanks gets some tick. His youth, speed and athleticism are what we are lacking right now. I know Phil doesn't like to play rooks that much, but from what I've seen so far, I don't think that Devin would disappoint 11 Rings at all.

Watching Trevor against Ron-Ron last night kept me thinking of what might have been. I like Ron and all, but I just feel that Trevor fit in perfectly within the triangle. The guy never needed any plays called for him, was clutch in the playoffs, and played great D. His quickness over Ron-Ron was the most visible difference to me. Remember that play when Ariza was on a fast brake and Ron was the only guy back? Trevor blew by him as if Ron had both feet stuck in wet cement.

I hope Ron comes up large in this year's playoffs like he did last year. I want him to prove me wrong. I'm rooting for you Thriller!

Sunday's game will be exciting for sure. I still remember D'Antoni's quote about always "busting" us in the playoffs. Let's keep this win streek going guys!

Too bad about Barnes. He's easily been the most important addition to the team this year. Great hustle and movement without the ball, always finding and making good use of open space.

But if this absence results in Ebanks getting a serious chance to work his way back, I'm all for it. I think he's a star in the making. I agree with those who say that his youth, hustle, and athleticism are exactly what our Lakers are lacking right now and what he brings. I understand why Caracter was kept while Ebanks was sent down, but in my mind there's no comparison in level of talent and potential...Caracter will not last long in the league, and Ebanks will emerge as a Pippen-type once he gets some playing time and experience.

It time for Luke to step up...and it could be a golden opportunity for Ebanks. It's great to have depth. That was why I didn't like the Sasha salary dump. He was good insurance against a injury in the backcourt.

@Laker Mike – If the Lakers fall to the 4th seed in the west that clearly would show they have issues and at that point anything could happen.


@Sean – Westbrook vs DWill….I would pay to watch that. (Lionel Hollins was traded by 76ers prior to the 83 season so he missed that classic team).


@mclyne – Good point about Trevor’s quickness. He made the Lakers more exciting to watch because he’s a high flyer, but I feel more comfortable with Ron defending the elite SF’s than Trevor. I doubt if Trevor would’ve been as effective on Durant as Ron was. Plus, Trevor’s only shooting 27% from 3pt this season. Of course, in a few years when Ron loses a step, we’ll really wish we had Trevor.


GDUB – Thanks for posting that one by Esther...nice. I believe she’s still holds the record as the youngest female singer to have a #1 hit on the R&B charts. It was a cool intro by Lennon also.

when the lakers reach the top west standing i will personally cook reindeer steaks for the team.

chadamu in lapland

Just saw in The Orange Co Reg, that Matt Barnes has a torn minescus in knee. It said he'll be out at least 4 weeks or more and that when Jorden Farmer had it he was out about 5 weeks. Crap, I really thought him and Ron were good, means Ron is going to have to play more! That's kinda what he wanted so I'm sure he'll embrace it.

I am watching silently but this year will be difficult. I am really not sure about 3 peat the way we are going now.

WITHOUT HOME COURT ADVANTAGE LAKERS WILL LOSE.

WE NEED HOME COURT ADVANTAGE. inconsistency and injuries taking big toll

Need to play Dbanks. HE IS LONG AND QUICK. PLAY HIM SERIOUS MINUTES FOR A MONTH OR SO AND HE WILL BECOME A DEFENSIVE TERROR. a LONGER COOPER WHO CAN ALSO BLOCK. GIVE THIS KID A CHANCE. I SAW HIM A LOT IN COLLEGE. HE WILL BE A STAR IN THIS LEAGUE. IT IS UP TO THE ZEN MAN. HE HAD 11 RINGS. GO LAKERS. AWAKE FROM UR SLUMBER. ALMOST HALF WAY THERE.


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