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Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry headline Matt Barnes' charity game

Matt Barnes will host a charity game featuring the current Golden State Warriors against the 2007 teamThe first sign of whether the Golden State Warriors will thrive under a new coach and a new ownership won't arise in training camp or even next season.

It will happen at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the San Jose State Event Center, where the current team will match up with the 2007 squad -- a fan favorite because of its first-round playoffs upset as an eighth seed against the top-ranked Dallas Mavericks.

Lakers forward Matt Barnes, who played for the 2007 team, will be putting together a list of players until Monday, but there are already a handful who have committed.

That includes current Warriors Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, David Lee, Dorrell Wright, Lou Amundson, Charlie Bell and Jeremy Bell. Participants from the the 2007 squad include Jason Richardson, Ike Diogu and Al Harrington.

The list also includes some other former Golden State players, such as Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and C.J. Watson.

And, of course, it includes Barnes himself, who plans to donate the proceeds to his foundation, Athletes vs. Cancer, which raises funds for local health screenings.

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Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes will host a charity game featuring the current Golden State Warriors against the 2007 team. Barnes was a part of Golden State's 2007 squad. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire

Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 95-87 loss to Golden State Warriors

60712682Note: We here at the Lakers blog know how important the fans are. You’re cheering them on in the stands, diligently watching the game at home (while you scream and yell, of course) and you're even sporting Lakers gear around the city. Now we want to see it!

Since the playoffs are around the corner, The Times is asking readers to submit their Lakers photos, whether it be you and your family at a game, or a pic of the guy on the Metro wearing his purple and gold wig on the way to Staples Center.   We want it all. Even Lakers flags on cars? Sure, why not.

Each week, the Lakers blog will feature a Lakers fan photo in one of the "Caught in the Web" posts so the rest of the city can see Angelenos' boundless dedication. Here's how to submit photos: Perhaps the easiest way is to upload a picture on the L.A. Times Lakers Facebook page. On the go? Send us your pics through Twitter. Just include the hashtag #latlakers when you create your tweet. And if you’re on Flickr, join the Lakers@L.A.Times photo pool.  

DISCLAIMER All photos must be: 1) original — because it is so uncool to steal other people’s work; 2) unaltered — you know what we’re saying. We’re looking for a real moment, no showing off every Photoshop skill you ever acquired. Of course, slight exposure and color correction are acceptable; 3) Recent photos, please – we’re talking current moments, not from your archive collection. Be sure to describe your photograph in detail, including where and when it was made. Photographers agree that The Times may reproduce photos in any format.

Another note: I'm also planning to ask Matt Barnes fan questions. You may recall I did something similar with Ron Artest in two separate posts (Part 1 and Part 2). Share your questions in the comments threads and I'll pick the 10 best to ask Barnes. Now onto the links below the jump

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Lakers continue poor effort in 95-87 loss to Golden State Warriors

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Walking nearly side by side, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Coach Phil Jackson walked out of a tunnel at Oracle Arena and conversed. There's no use trying to lipread what was on the television screen, but the Lakers' 95-87 loss Wednesday to the Golden State Warriors provides plenty of conversation starters.

The most tempting of course points to the standings implications. The Lakers (55-23) can rule out catching San Antonio (60-19) for the top spot for the Western Conference; the Lakers in the midst of a three-game losing streak and San Antonio having won three consecutive games to lock up the top seeding. The Lakers also shouldn't be surprised if they can't match up with the Chicago Bulls (57-20), winners of four consecutive games, or stay ahead of Boston (54-23). And the Lakers with four games remaining in the regular season aren't exactly solidifying their stake for second place in the Western Conference, owning only a 2 1/2-game edge for second place over Dallas (53-25), though the Mavericks have suffered a four-game losing streak.

No, the most disturbing question is how did the Lakers suddenly morph from a playoff-bound team that went 17-1 following the All-Star break into a disinterested squad that just lost three consecutive games? The difference, statistically speaking, appears staggering. The Lakers during their 12-1 effort in March averaged 101.2 points, 45.2 rebounds, 21.8 assists and 7.8 steals a game, all signs the Lakers looked mostly engaged in ball movement and effort. Through only three games in April, the Lakers have averaged 93 points, 42 rebounds, 19 assists and 5.5 steals, all signs that the ball movement has been sporadic and the effort has been spotty.

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Lakers vs. Golden State: Lakers can't slow Warriors, lose third straight game

Lakers1_510Warriors 95, Lakers 87 (final)

The Lakers have lost three consecutive games, two to teams with records below .500.

The latest defeat came to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday nighit at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The loss left the Lakers 4 1/2 games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the NBA.

It means that Lakers will be hard-pressed to catch the Spurs.

The Lakers have four regular-season games left, the Spurs five.

The Lakers couldn't stop Golden State's backcourt of Monta Ellis (26 points) and Stephen Curry (20).

The Lakers fell behind by 19 points at the start of the fourth quarter, a sign that they still weren't quite ready to play.

They cut the lead to 12 points behind the inspired play of Matt Barnes.

But after Curry made a three-pointer for an 82-67 Warriors lead with 6:14 left, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson called a timeout.

He was looking for a way to get his team going.

Kobe Bryant went to work, scoring 11 of 13 points for the Lakers at one point, pulling them to within 90-82 with 2:16 left after they had trailed, 86-70.

Bryant finished with 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting, but it wasn't enough.

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