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LOS ANGELES -- Injuries are stunting the growth of the young Los Angeles Lakers.With second-year starting point guard DAngelo Russell missing the last three games and out for the next two weeks, and forward Julius Randle and shooting guard Nick Young sitting out Fridays 24-point romp by the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers stumbled to losses in four of their last five games.Hopefully, we can get them back as soon as possible, said backup point guard Jose Calderon, who has filled in for Russell. We need everybody. On this team, one of the things I think we have is we have a lot of guys who can really play. We play like 10 guys on some nights. Were going to get back to that and its going to help. Lets not get too caught up in the last couple of games.The Lakers (8-9) try to rebound Sunday when they host the Atlanta Hawks. It will be their second and final meeting of the regular season. The Lakers posted a 123-116 victory over the Hawks in Atlanta on Nov. 2.A hip pointer kept Randle out of the last two games. A sore toe on the left foot of Young forced him to be scratched from Fridays contest against the Warriors. Although Lakers coach Luke Walton was hopeful both could play Sunday, Randle was unable to finish practice Saturday after experiencing pain in his hip.The outlook is more optimistic for Young, who hurt himself in Tuesdays victory over the Oklahoma City, a triumph in which the colorful performer hit a game-winning 3-pointer.A leaky defense is hampering the Lakers almost as much as the injuries. They are giving up 111.9 points per game, which is 28th in the NBA. Opponents are shooting 48.7 percent, ranking the Lakers last in the league.Its funny. I think weve gotten better at some things. Were just not doing it consistently enough, Lakers coach Luke Walton said. Sometimes, our defense looks great; other times weve really struggled. There is growth that I see, but there is also slippage.The Hawks (10-6), leaders of the Southeast Division, have fallen on a slippery slope recently, dropping four of their last five contests after a 9-2 start. Atlanta was handed a 95-68 beatdown Friday by the host Utah Jazz, the third time the Hawks suffered a double-digit setback during their rough stretch.Its frustrating to have all this talent and all these good players and be a mediocre team, said Hawks guard and former Laker Kent Bazemore, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Its tough. It sucks to be a competitor and have your face bashed in on a nightly basis, two of the last three games. It burns.Ex-Laker Dwight Howard returns for the first time in a Hawks uniform. Howard, who was third in the NBA in rebounding at 12.9 boards per game heading into Saturdays games, signed with his hometown team during the offseason after spending the last three campaigns with the Houston Rockets.Howard averages 14.1 points. Paul Millsap leads the Hawks in scoring at 16.6 points, while guard Dennis Schroeder averages 14.3. www.scarpeairmax90uomo.it/adidas-originals-superstar.html /a>. Thousands of fans at Mosaic Stadium will be cozying up to each other in an effort to stay warm in chilly temperatures and block the Prairie wind that locals say can knock your socks off. www.scarpeairmax90uomo.it/vendita-scarpe-nike-air-max-90/air-max-90-grigie.html /a>. Then the Pacers gave Oladipo and his Orlando teammates the cold shoulder. Paul Georges buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter spurred a 21-4 run, finally sending Indiana past the Magic 97-87 in a tougher-than-expected opening night matchup. www.scarpeairmax90uomo.it/vendita-scarpe-nike-air-max-90/air-max-90-fiori.html /a>.Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. Nike Air Max 90 Tutte Bianche. -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. www.scarpeairmax90uomo.it/scarpe-adidas-zx-750/scarpe-adidas-zx-750-blu.html /a>. The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. Carmelo Anthony thinks the New York Knicks have added enough talent this summer to make the playoffs in the coming season, which would snap a three-year drought.I believe so. On paper, we look good, we look real good, he said Monday after Team USAs first training camp workout in Las Vegas. Its just a matter of everybody coming together and buying into what we want to do.The Knicks have added Derrick Rose via trade and signed Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee this summer. Anthony said Monday that he approves of the moves.Thank you, Phil, he said to team president Phil Jackson.We have a very special team on paper right now, Anthony added. I think we have a good opportunity to do some things this year. Its all about what we do. Its all about us now. Its all about how we come together, how we jell together. For the most part, the pieces are there, so its up to us.Jackson said earlier this month that his conversation with Anthony after the end of the season spurred him to upgrade the teams point guard position, and he eventually traded for Rose. Prior to the Rose trade, Anthony had expressed uncertainty about the direection of the franchise.dddddddddddd But he seems optimistic after the Knicks recent moves.The front office stepped up, Anthony said. I think it was a collective effort. They did their job, and they did what they had to do to make some moves and make things happen. Now they put us in a situation to give us an opportunity. All we have to do is take advantage of that.With Rose and Jennings entering the final years of their respective contracts and Anthony (age 32) and Noah (31) in the latter stages of their careers, the Knicks are built to win immediately. Anthony acknowledged that timetable when speaking with reporters Monday.The time is now for us, he said. The time is now for the city and the fans. The time is now. Everybody is tired of waiting and waiting. Now its time we can go out there and put a competitive team [on the floor]. For me, the time is now. For us as a city and an organization, that should be the mindset -- the time is now.The Undefeateds Marc J. Spears contributed to this report. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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