Lakers Look for First Win, Some Fans Look for a Place to Watch

The Lakers travel to Portland after opening the season with a loss to Dallas

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012  |  Updated 11:47 AM PDT
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Eddy Curry #52 of the Dallas Mavericks.

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The Lakers are still looking for their first win since the addition of all-stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, and some Lakers fans are looking for a place to watch Wednesday night's game against Portland.

As of Wednesday morning, DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast (which owns NBC) and Cox still haven’t reached a deal with Time Warner to show the games on the new TWC SportsNet. Time Warner Cable bought the rights to most of the team’s home and away games last year and developed TWC SportsNet to broadcast the games, but asked carriers to pay up to $3.95 to carry the games.

AT&T U-Verse, Charter, Verizon Fios and Bright House Networks worked out distribution deals last week with Time Warner Cable to show the games.

"Negotiations with other providers to carry the networks are ongoing but have not yet concluded," the company said in a statement Wednesday.

Wednesday's game will be the first regular-season broadcast on new cable networks Time Warner Cable SportsNet, which launched Oct. 1, and Time Warner Cable Deportes. The networks will broadcast 70 Lakers games apiece this season.

The regular season opener wasn't exactly a must-see for Lakers fans. The season of high expectations opened with a matchup against Dallas, broadcast on TNT.

Dallas held a two-point lead at the half before walking out of Staples Center with a 99-91 win. Pau Gasol led LA with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Kobe Bryant added 22 points.

New Laker Dwight Howard had 19 points and 10 rebounds, but missed 11 of 14 free throw attempts. Steven Nash, who joined LA in a deal with rival Phoenix during the summer, had seven points and four assists.

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