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Up next for the Lakers: Sunday night vs. Houston — When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 12-32; Rockets 30-14. Record vs. Rockets: 1-1. Update: The Lakers were thumped at home by the Rockets in October, 108-90, but won at Houston in November, 98-92.

Jordan Clarkson revels in first start with Lakers — Friday night marked just another Lakers loss, unless you were the father-son combo of Mike and Jordan Clarkson. Jordan earned his first NBA start 44 games into his rookie season and delivered solid results - 11 points and four assists with only one turnover in 29 minutes - against one of the league's top point guards, San Antonio's Tony Parker.

Lakers sit Jeremy Lin, go with younger starters in 99-85 loss to Spurs — "Linsanity" wasn't yet part of basketball lexicon the last time this happened. But amid a rapidly disintegrating Lakers season, Jeremy Lin was a healthy scratch Friday, a DNP-CD, whatever parlance you chose, for the first time since Feb. 2, 2012 ... otherwise known as a handful of days before his out-of-nowhere two-month outburst with the New York Knicks.

Lakers prepare for possibility that Kobe Bryant is out for season — The Lakers are preparing for the worst-case scenario of Kobe Bryant missing the rest of the season, a decision to be determined Monday. Bryant consulted with team doctor Steve Lombardo on Friday and discussed the possibility of season-ending surgery on a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Lakers make many lineup changes, will start rookie Jordan Clarkson — Coach Byron Scott made wholesale changes to the Lakers' starting lineup, benching Wesley Johnson, Ed Davis and Ronnie Price in favor of rookie Jordan Clarkson, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Lakers preparing for Kobe Bryant to miss rest of season — The Lakers are preparing for Kobe Bryant to miss the rest of this season because of a torn rotator cuff, according to person familiar with the situation. "It doesn't look good," the person said in a brief interview Friday morning. The team is expected to give an update on Bryant's condition later in the day.

Lakers await news on Kobe Bryant's shoulder injury — The Lakers awaited news on Kobe Bryant's status Friday afternoon, completing their shootaround without a definitive answer on the severity of the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Bryant was scheduled to consult with team doctors in Los Angeles after the tear was revealed Thursday by an MRI exam in San Antonio.

Lakers' Kobe Bryant has torn rotator cuff; severity to be determined — The Lakers' lost season took another directionless turn Thursday when preliminary results of an MRI exam showed a torn rotator cuff in Kobe Bryant's right shoulder. Team officials declined to say how long Bryant would be sidelined until he could be reevaluated Friday in Los Angeles, though the injury has the potential to end his season.

Five takeaways from the Lakers' loss to New Orleans — Not exactly the best night for the Lakers: Kobe Bryant hurts his right shoulder, Lakers lose to New Orleans, Lakers lose their sixth consecutive game. Here are five takeaways from their 96-80 loss Wednesday to the Pelicans. 1. Bryant came into the game shooting 37%.

Kobe Bryant injures shoulder in loss to Pelicans — NEW ORLEANS - Kobe Bryant slung a designer backpack over his shoulders - both of them, it was important to note - and talked about something eminently important to him. He left a game because of a sore right shoulder from a third-quarter dunk, unable to finish in the fourth after firing up two shots, both with his left hand, in a 96-80 loss Wednesday to the New Orleans Pelicans.
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Jan 23, 2015

Update: Lin apparently spoke to one reporter while majority remained outside locker room still talking to Byron, unaware room had opened.

Jan 23, 2015

Here we go: LIn left without talking to reporters after tonight's DNP-CD.

Jan 23, 2015

Jordan Clarkson: 11 points, 4 assists in 29 minutes of first NBA start. Solid showing for the rookie.

Jan 23, 2015

That was Jeremy Lin's first DNP-CD since Feb. 2012...right before "Linsanity" began.

Jan 23, 2015

Maybe for Clarkson in 2016. Kid looks good. “@wwlofficial: @Mike_Bresnahan are we putting up a banner for Jeremy Lin to stay?”

Jan 23, 2015

Might be only temporary -- Byron could change his mind next game -- but Lin has fallen to 3rd string. Oh, and Lakers getting crushed by SA.

Jan 23, 2015

Oh boy. The Spurs coyote mascot just made a "deflated ball" joke during the timeout.

Jan 23, 2015

Sacre and Ryan Kelly will start alongside Jordan Hill in the Lakers' frontcourt vs. San Antonio.

Jan 23, 2015

Rookie Jordan Clarkson will start for the Lakers tonight.

Jan 23, 2015

Popovich on Kobe: "I can think of a lot of shots Kobe made that's basically knocked us out. In an odd, weird sort of way, I still enjoy it."

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