Lakers ready to take Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets seriously in Western Conference Finals — Press Telegram

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — At this point, the Denver Nuggets aren’t going to catch anyone off guard. And they don’t expect to. After watching film of the Lakers on Thursday afternoon, Nikola Jokic — one of the engines of Denver’s pair of historic 3-1 comebacks — came away with the impression that the top-seeded…

Lakers ready to take Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets seriously in Western Conference Finals — Press Telegram

Reggie Miller on Nuggets-Lakers: “Don’t go to sleep on the Denver Nuggets. Don’t. Do not do it.” — The Denver Post

Reggie Miller’s head says the NBA’s Western Conference Finals are LeBron’s to lose. But his heart? Man, after watching the Nuggets for the last three weeks, his heart’s about a mile high right now.

Reggie Miller on Nuggets-Lakers: “Don’t go to sleep on the Denver Nuggets. Don’t. Do not do it.” — The Denver Post

Lakers keep their guard up, taking upset-minded Nuggets with caution — Press Telegram

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — On the day the All-NBA teams were released, it was striking how few are left in the bubble. Likely MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and former MVP James Harden were knocked out in the second round; fellow first-teamer Luka Doncic was gone in the first. Second-team point guards Damian Lillard and Chris…

Lakers keep their guard up, taking upset-minded Nuggets with caution — Press Telegram

Dwight Howard brings energy to the bench, while trying to grind out the bubble time — Daily News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> On a recent evening as the clouds had lifted over the lake in the center of the Coronado Springs Resort, Dwight Howard went biking on an off-night. Behind him trailed his 6-year-old son, David, riding with the help of training wheels. It was a temperate evening, and the water reflected…

Dwight Howard brings energy to the bench, while trying to grind out the bubble time — Daily News

Three keys to Lakers vs. Nuggets in 2020 Western Conference Finals — Press Telegram

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday Sept. 16 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — He was all smiles when he was…

Three keys to Lakers vs. Nuggets in 2020 Western Conference Finals — Press Telegram

Lakers bide their time again, waiting for their Western Conference Finals opponent — Daily News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The time off is welcome. But the waiting game hasn’t always been kind to the Lakers. The Western Conference Finals start was slid back to Friday, as the Lakers got a longer break to recover from a short but physical series against the Houston Rockets. It’s been a time to,…

Lakers bide their time again, waiting for their Western Conference Finals opponent — Daily News

Lakers’ Anthony Davis lands on NBA All-Defensive first team — Press Telegram

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — In all the defensive schemes the Lakers have hatched this season, in all their looks and gimmicks, Anthony Davis has been at the heart of them. On some nights, he was the Lakers’ most physical shot blocker and rebounder. On others, he was among their best perimeter defenders, thrown onto…

Lakers’ Anthony Davis lands on NBA All-Defensive first team — Press Telegram

Three trends that will define the Lakers-Rockets conference semifinals series — Daily News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The beauty of an even series is that for both teams, hope is burning brightly. The Lakers came away from their Game 2 win, a much better showing than their opening effort, believing they had finally showed what they were capable of — that they had finally understood the Rockets’…

Three trends that will define the Lakers-Rockets conference semifinals series — Daily News

Markieff Morris breaks out for Lakers in Game 2 win — Daily News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — His teammates call him “Smooth.” Markieff Morris is “Smooth” because of his low-pitched baritone that soft until the moment he needs to start talking tough on the court. “Smooth” wears blue Crocs after games — prioritizing comfort over fashion — and when he walks he takes slow, gliding strides. Most…

Markieff Morris breaks out for Lakers in Game 2 win — Daily News

Lakers race by Rockets as Anthony Davis, LeBron James overpower on offense — Daily News

Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo (9) scores a three-point basket against Houston Rockets’ Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo (9) celebrates with LeBron James (23) after scoring a…

Lakers race by Rockets as Anthony Davis, LeBron James overpower on offense — Daily News

Lakers, Rockets rely on scout teams to plot out series adjustments — Press Telegram

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Lakers-Rockets series might have four of the NBA’s players who are next to impossible to imitate. That doesn’t stop coaches from trying. Both the Lakers and Rockets have used scout teams to prepare their strategies for the series, using end-of-the-bench players to replicate All-Star counterparts. Houston coach Mike D’Antoni…

Lakers, Rockets rely on scout teams to plot out series adjustments — Press Telegram

Lakers fail to match the energy, speed of revved up Rockets in Game 1 — Daily News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — So much fatigue. So much for playing tiny lineups. So much for an entire organization feeling crushing pressure to advance. The Lakers won the tip-off against the small-ball Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their second-round series Friday, and then every perceived advantage they had entering the night vanished. The…

Lakers fail to match the energy, speed of revved up Rockets in Game 1 — Daily News