Laker Grades: Jan. 10-17
Manny Harris receives a 10-day contract:
What a week for Harris. First he completely dominates the D-League, averaging 43.0 points and 8.0 rebounds on 60 percent shooting over three games for the L.A. D-Fenders and then he gets rewarded with a 10-day contract by the varsity squad with the Lakers. While Harris will be hard pressed to duplicate those numbers in the big show -- he averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds on 38.3 percent shooting in two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2010-12 -- the 6-5 shooting guard should be a welcome addition to the Lakers' depleted backcourt.
Jodie Meeks scores 26 points against Cleveland:
Meeks scored the most points he's ever put up as a Laker with a 9-for-14 shooting game against the Cavs, including a 6-for-10 mark on 3-pointers. The game signaled the type of season the five-year veteran is having, posting career highs in points per game (13.9), rebounds (2.9), assists (1.6) and field goal percentage (44.5). Not bad for a former second-round pick.
Pau Gasol plays through pain:
Gasol averaged 18 points and 9.3 rebounds in three games this past week, playing the last two on a bum left foot after straining his big toe against the Los Angeles Clippers. Gasol, who was widely criticized for sitting out earlier in the season because of a respiratory issue, gutted it out and gave L.A. a chance in two of their three games with his presence.
Lakers allow the Cavs to shoot 13-for-17 on 3-pointers:
L.A. lost to Cleveland 120-118 while letting its opponent shoot 76.5 percent from deep, including a 5-for-5 line from Luol Deng. That's unacceptable in any case, but especially stings in such a close loss.
Lakers lose to the Clippers by 36 points:
The Lakers flirted with the worst loss in franchise history in terms of scoring margin, trailing by 41 points after three quarters. Their 46-point loss to Portland on Jan. 9, 1995 ended up still standing as the biggest defeat the purple and gold have ever been a part of, but the Lakers managed to set a new mark for futility with their biggest loss ever to their city cohabitants in the Clippers.