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Lakers: Gasol & Kaman Game-Time Decisions

At Saturday's LA Lakers practice, Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman were still not sure to play on Sunday, and Nick Young talked about passing more.

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    Nick Young pulls out a bandana and claims he is "Swaggy Rambo" after the Lakers beat the Timberwolves (Published Saturday, Dec 21, 2013)

    The day after a demoralizing loss to the Utah Jazz, the Los Angeles Lakers met for a Saturday practice at their team facility in El Segundo. After losing to the worst team in the Western Conference, the logical next step was to forget yesterday and focus on tomorrow.

    On Sunday, the Philadelphia 76ers make their annual pilgrimage to Staples Center, but the Lakers had some questions to answer on Saturday.

    Nick Young - Swaggy Rambo

    [LA] Nick Young - Swaggy Rambo
    Nick Young pulls out a bandana and claims he is "Swaggy Rambo" after the Lakers beat the Timberwolves (Published Saturday, Dec 21, 2013)

    First of all, the Lakers needed to address the health of Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman. The Lakers’ Spanish center missed the flight to Utah with a lingering upper respiratory infection, and his replacement suffered an ankle injury in Friday’s loss.

    Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni told the media that both big men were “game-time decisions.” However, the coach was “hopeful” he would have both available.

    Nick Young Talks Defense

    [LA] Nick Young Talks Defense
    Nick Young talked about his defensive effort following the Lakers victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Published Saturday, Dec 21, 2013)

    As has been a recurring theme this season, the Lakers failed to execute down the stretch. However, LA received positive offensive contributions from Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry and Chris Kaman in Utah. However, the Lakers were unable to get defensive stops late in the game.

    On a positive note, Farmar’s seven assists were steps in the right direction, and the point guard looked significantly sharper than he had in Wednesday’s loss to Miami. Farmar missed over three weeks with a torn hamstring before returning to the team earlier in the week.

    Ryan Kelly Describes Growth With Lakers

    [LA] Lakers Ryan Kelly Talks Growth
    Lakers rookie Ryan Kelly talks about his development during the season now that he's getting some playing time. (Published Thursday, Dec 26, 2013)

    “I think he’s getting a little bit used to getting back,” D’Antoni said on Saturday. “I thought he played pretty well.”

    After Farmar, Young was the Lakers’ top passer with three assists against the Jazz. Young talked about how he had been consciously making an effort to share the ball.

    Ryan Kelly Jokes About Guarding LeBron James

    [LA] Ryan Kelly Talks Guarding LeBron James
    Lakers rookie Ryan Kelly talks about his failed attempt to guard LeBron James on Christmas Day. (Published Friday, Dec 27, 2013)

    “Shawne (Williams)and Jordan (Farmar) were talking about ‘I can’t pass,’” Young said on Saturday. “I’m trying to teach them a lesson out there.”

    In the aftermath of Friday’s loss, Young was also vocal about a lack of respect. Young fouled out with six minutes remaining, and the Lakers’ guard was asked if he still felt his team was not getting respect with regards to calls.

    “I still feel the same, but I can’t do nothing about it,” Young said. “Like I said, I need to keep all my money in my pocket.”

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