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The Los Angeles Lakers traded seldom-used center Chris Mihm to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, getting a future draft pick and a lighter payroll in the deal.

Mihm appeared in 18 games for the Lakers this season, averaging two points and 1.9 rebounds while playing 4.8 minutes per game for the overall NBA leaders. Los Angeles coach Phil Jackson indicated the club made the deal largely to trim its payroll while helping Mihm's chances of landing a better job next season.

"Hopefully it's a chance for him to play, show his wares," Jackson said before the Lakers' game against Golden State. "He's in a free agent year. ... He was doing the right thing, working hard. He cared about his game, cared about this team." Mihm, the seventh overall pick in the 2000 draft, couldn't consistently crack Jackson's playing rotation despite the injury absence of fellow 7-footer Andrew Bynum, who could be out until May after tearing a ligament in his right knee Jan. 31. Mihm played 17 minutes in the Lakers' win over Atlanta on Tuesday night, but didn't play at all in Los Angeles' final game before the All-Star break.

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This weeks NBA ratings puts the Lakers at #1:

(46-10) Last Week: Beat the Hawks (96-83), Warriors (129-121), Hornets (115-111) and Timberwolves (111-108).

It was far from a dominant week for the Lakers, who were fortunate to beat the Hornets and had to surge late against the Warriors and Wolves. Still, the ability to win close games (24-7 in games decided by 10 or fewer) is an admirable trait. And weeks like this, when they go 4-0 without playing their best, may earn the Lakers home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

It seems like my boys play down to the level they are playing a lot :( I'd rather they just take control and play ball! I'll still take the wins and all but come on

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The Lakers, who brought the NBA's best record (48-10) into town when they checked into their hotel at 4 a.m., had their second-worst shooting night since the franchise moved to Southern California nearly a half century ago from Minneapolis - 29.8 percent.

"That was a garbage game, no doubt about it,'' Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "I wish we could repay the fans some money for that game. Neither team played very well, but they played better than us.''

The Lakers, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped, were on pace for their worst shooting night when Jordan Farmar's breakaway layup with 5.1 seconds left allowed them to beat the old low-water mark of 29.4 percent set against Utah in 2004.

It was the only shot they Nuggets didn't contest all night.

"It's been a long time,'' Denver coach George Karl said. "They've beaten us, they've hurt us, they've dominated us.''

At long last, the tables finally turned.

Bryant said this was the perfect storm of a fatigued team facing a fired-up team on little rest with little room for error.

"They played really aggressively defensively,'' Bryant said. "On top of that, we just didn't have any legs. On top of them doing a good job and us having no legs, we just had a horrible shooting effort.''

Lamar Odom was 5-for-17 and the bench was a combined 3-for-19.

"We got in at 4 in the morning, so we didn't want to run up and down, we wanted to slow down,'' Odom said.

But not this much.

We played like that and they played a good defensive game so there's that.

Notes: The Nuggets' last win against Los Angeles came on April 9, 2007, when they beat the Lakers 115-111 at the Pepsi Center. ... The teams were a combined 5-for-42 from long range. ... Odom had 19 rebounds.

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hahah, uh, no thank u. He took off in the third I guess and was dropping bombs from everywhere. No team is silly enough to just leave him alone and so when he draws a crowd, great! Dish boy-dish! Share the ball and make it a team game. When we play as a team we are great. Thanks for that Nillers :)

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The NBA has honored forward Pau Gasol as Western Conference Player of the Month for February. Gasol helped the Lakers to an 11-2 record in February and averaged 20.9 points on .586 shooting and 10.9 rebounds.

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Cavs are leading the NBA now. It is a safe bet that they will win the East this year and a pretty good chance they'll win the finals.

LeBron James, Mo Williams...

no competition

Kobe is over-rated.

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