Rant and Rise: Los Angeles Lakers Fall to 1-4, San Antonio Spurs Suffer First Loss, NHL Lockout Continues

Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for November 8, 2012:

Los Angeles Lakers Fall to 1-4 After Loss to Utah Jazz

After all of the hype this offseason following the acquisitions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, the Lakers have to be frustrated more than ever after picking up their fourth loss of the season on Wednesday.

Despite 29 points from Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles fell 95-86 to Utah on Wednesday–giving them a 1-4 record so far on the season. It’s understandable the Lakers need time to adjust to playing with one another, but these losses are starting to get embarrassing for a team that was supposed to be the top contender in the Western Conference this season.

Hopefully, they figure out a way to turn things around soon–or Mike Brown‘s job may be in trouble.

San Antonio Spurs Suffer First Loss to Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers snapped a two-game losing streak on Wednesday thanks to 106-84 win over the Spurs–which had to feel even better considering they were swept in the second round of the playoffs last year by their opponents.

Blake Griffin came up big for Los Angeles by scoring 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds while DeAndre Jordan contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds of his own. This team certainly has the talent to be one of the top teams in the conference and if they can play like they did against San Antonio on a consistent basis–there’s no reason why Los Angeles shouldn’t be able to live up to the hype.

NHL Lockout Continues

Bad news for hockey fans as talks continued on Wednesday for 5 1/2 hours, but it doesn’t look like any progress was made. Revenue split continues to be the main issue and with regular season games already canceled through November 30–it doesn’t look good when it comes to having the season start anytime soon.

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