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Monday, 02/28/2022 | Million Dollar Wheels on Discovery Plus. (Author: Gardener)

MondayThe Bachelor (ABC at 8) Clayton visits the hometowns of his last four wives. Darcey & Stacey (TLC at 8) Darcey faces difficult truths that could jeopardize the twins' marriage. All American (CW at 8) Spencer tries to have fun but is conflicted with sponsorship opportunities. Coop and Patience take their relationship to the next level. The Gilded Age (HBO at 9) George struggles to protect his public image and Agnes' status quo is damaged. The cleaning lady (Fox at 9) Thony enlists Arman's help to get to Mexico for Luca's transplant, but plans get complicated when Hayak discovers Arman's lies. Summer House (Bravo on 9) Ciara gives Alex a chance and Paige makes a confession to Craig. Kyle and Amanda's troubled relationship is on display, so the ladies attempt to stage an intervention on Amanda. Snowpiercer (TNT at 9) The Bomber is revealed as Layton comes to terms with his choices and makes an irreversible call. Instead, many faced hostile conditions. David & Annie: After the 90 days (TLC at 9), David and Annie struggle with Jordan's behavior as time is running out for the kids to get pre-school visas. All American: Homecoming (CW at 9) Simone finds motivation in a group assignment with Damon and Thea. Damon struggles to bond with the team, and Keisha considers giving up her dream. Loren & Alexei: After the 90 Days (TLC at 9:30) After Boten has spent more time in the NICU, Loren and Alexei are finally able to bring him home. The rest of the team investigates a case of Marines with their ear canals damaged by a weapon that emits ultrasonic waves. Best Friends (TLC at 10) Vannessa prepares to move away from her toxic sister, and the best friends battle it out with a fitness boot camp. American Dad (TBS at 10) Stan must bring the 1950s back to Langley to save a beloved restaurant from closure. Million Dollar Wheels (Discovery Plus) Immerse yourself in the world of luxury cars and the experts who make their customers' craziest dreams come true. Ragdoll (AMC at 10) The show's cable debut, which streamed on AMC Plus last year, focuses on a sadistic killer who cuts up and stitches his victims together. Chappelle's Home Team: Earthquake: Legendary (Netflix) The comedian offers his most scathing take on health, prostate exams and a celebrity funeral. Better Things (FX at 10) In the fifth and final season, Sam enters a new phase in her life with her three daughters.

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"Bob Hearts Abishola" on CBS; "Ragdoll" on AMC; 'Better Things' on FX

What to watch Monday, February 28: 'Bob Hearts Abishola' on CBS; "Ragdoll" on AMC; 'Better Things' on FX; "All American: Homecoming" on The CW (Author: Gardener)

FXThe prime time TV grid is taking a break from printing. For more TV coverage, visit: latimes.com/whats-on-tv. The Neighborhood After a burglary at Calvin's (Cedric the Entertainer) store, he and Dave (Max Greenfield) conduct a surveillance operation to catch the culprit in the act. Also, Gemma (Beth Behrs) seems reluctant to share her new hobby with Tina (Tichina Arnold). Sheaun McKinney and Marcel Spears also star in this new installment of the comedy. America's Got Talent: Extreme Simon Cowell, Nikki Bella and Travis Pastrana will judge and host Terry Crews. 8 p.m. NBC All American Spencer (Daniel Ezra) is trying to enjoy his time with Jordan, Asher, and JJ (Michael Evans Behling, Cody Christian, Hunter Clowdus) ​​at JJ's rented beach house, but he's being backed by some sponsorships in this new episode - Possibilities distracted. Coop and Patience (Bre-Z, Chelsea Tavares) also struggle when they take a big step in their relationship. Monet Mazur and Taye Diggs also star. Bachelor Clayton Echard visits the hometowns of the last four wives and meets their families. 8 p.m. ABC Spring Baking Championship The culinary competition returns for a new season in which host Molly Yeh challenges a dozen expert bakers to create and refine desserts to impress judges Kardea Brown, Duff Goldman and Nancy Fuller. In the two-hour premiere, the bakers bake fruit tarts that showcase their personalities, then create floral bonanza cakes. Bob Hearts Abishola A rumor that Bob and Abishola (Billy Gardell, Folake Olowofoyeku) are trying to have a baby spreads, and soon the couple find themselves drowned in a tidal wave of expectations from friends, family and co-workers. Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe and Vernee Watson also star in this new installment of the comedy. NCIS While investigating the death of an intruder at Quantico, Jimmy and Kasie (Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover) are exposed to a deadly neurotoxin. The team enlists the help of a medical specialist (guest star Meredith Eaton) as they try to find an antidote in this new episode. Wilmer Valderrama and Sean Murray also star. All American: Homecoming Simone finds motivation in group work with Damon and Thea in this new episode. "All American: Homecoming" (N) 9 p.m. The CW Secrets of Playboy Playmates shares in this new episode how women have modeled for the magazine for decades because they believed a Playmate would lead to a lucrative career in a safe environment . Rock the Block Ty Pennington returns to host as the teams compete in this unscripted home improvement competition. History's Biggest Mysteries The new episode "The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa" follows the case of the union activist who went missing in 1975. NCIS: Hawaii As Jane (Vanessa Lachey) follows the arrest of her longtime friend (guest star Julie White), the rest of her team investigates a case of Marines whose ear canals were damaged by a weapon that emits ultrasonic waves. Jason Antoon also stars with guest star Alec Mapa. 10 pm CBS Ragdoll The Killing Eve production team is behind this dark new series about a serial killer stalking London. The exam is assigned to the newly assigned Det. Spring Baking Championship judges Sergeant Jordan Andino and Stephanie Boswell join host Sunny Anderson for this new six-episode holiday-themed competition, challenging eight talented bakers to create tasty and imaginative Easter-themed displays. 10pm Food Network Better Things Sam (Pamela Adlon) learns about her family in the season premiere. My Brilliant Friend: Those Who Go and Those Who Stay Based on the third book in Elena Ferrante's four-part literary series, this new season chronicles more of the relationship between Elena Greco (Margherita Mazzucco) and Raffaella Cerullo (Gaia Girace). I Was There presenter Theo Wilson takes a virtual journey back in time to the Soviet Union on April 26, 1986 to provide an eyewitness account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. 10pm History 10pm History Live with Kelly and Ryan Morris Chestnut; Molly Sims; Guest co-host Ali Wentworth. Father of the Bride (1950) 9am TCM The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) 10:45am TCM As Good as It Gets (1997) 6:30pm Ovation

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Biden's first Union state, the Lakers in the '80s, and our obsession with cheating

Matthew Gilbert's view of the coming week on television includes the premiere of Adam McKay's 10-part HBO series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty and the return of Pamela Adlon's Better Things. (Author: Gardener)

BidenReilly as Lakers team owner Jerry Buss, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson, and Jason Clarke as GM Jerry West in HBO's Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. Your TV GPS, Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert's view of the coming week in television, appears every Monday morning on BostonGlobe.com A number of recent and upcoming fact-based series focus on scammers, some in the business world, who betray people's trust who are greedy for power and of course money, and who are charismatic enough to fool some of the brightest and most successful among us. We're having trouble here in River City, as reflected in these shows: * Netflix's "Inventing Anna," which premiered earlier this month, is a portrait of rabid ambition, starring Julia Garner as the oddly accented Anna Sorokin, who poses as wealthy heiress named Anna Delvey.* Netflix's The Tinder Swindler, a British true-crime documentary released in early February, follows Israeli scammer Simon Leviev as he seduces wo men he met on the dating app Tinder and them tricked into giving him money. * The just premiered "Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber," Sundays on Showtime, gives us an exploitative and morally bankrupt CEO. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Uber's Travis Kalanick, who misled Uber drivers, misappropriated their information and gleefully broke the law while being stalked by a god complex. * Joining the list this Thursday on Hulu is The Dropout. Amanda Seyfried plays Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced and convicted CEO of Theranos. * WeCrashed, out March 18 on Apple TV+, will chronicle the rise and fall of WeWork founder Adam Neumann (played by Jared Leto). The just-premiering Apple TV+ series is a fictional story about a mysterious corporation that exploits workers — including Adam Scott's grieving husband — by dividing them into two separate selves, a work self and a home self. 1. President Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address ahead of a joint session of Congress on Tuesday at 9 p.m. It takes place in the midst of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, so the focus may diverge from domestic issues. For the first time in US history, two women will sit behind the President, Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 2. Jamie Dornan, the guy from The Fall and Belfast (oh, and the Fifty Shades movies), stars in this six-part thriller. Titled The Tourist, it's about a Brit who has an accident in the Australian outback and can't remember who he is. Danielle Macdonald from "Unbelievable" plays a junior police officer who believes in his story. It premieres Thursday on HBO Max. 3. I wasn't a fan of Aaron Sorkin's Being the Ricardos, which was more about Sorkin and his interests than being the Ricardos. Now comes "Lucy and Desi" which sounds much better. It's a documentary about the couple's history, their groundbreaking show and their rocky marriage. Available on Amazon Friday, "Lucy and Desi" is directed by Amy Poehler and features interviews with Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Norman Lear, Desi Arnaz Jr., Carol Burnett and Bette Midler. 4. Attention Toni Collette fans. After "Unbelievable" and "Wanderlust" she plays in another Netflix show. This is called "Pieces of Her" and will premiere on Friday. Based on the novel by Karin Slaughter, it follows a small-town Georgia woman (Collette) whose dark past is slowly revealed when her daughter (Bella Heathcote) snoops around. Terry O'Quinn also stars in the eight-parter. 5. Two excellent shows return this week. The final 10-episode season of “Better Things” premieres Monday at 10 p.m. on FX. Pamela Adlon's lovely portrayal of single motherhood was a gift and I'm glad she's finishing it while it's still good. This season's guests include Lena Waithe, Ron Cephas Jones, Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey and Lennon Parham. Meanwhile, the third season of "My Brilliant Friend" starts on Monday at 10 p.m. on HBO. The sharp, memorable adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels is one of television's underrated beauties as it takes us through a complex lifelong friendship between two women. Don't be afraid of the subtitles. They don't bite. 6. Sunday at 9 p.m. HBO will premiere Adam McKay's 10-part series, "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty," about the glory days of LA's NBA champions in the 1980s. It's an adaptation of Jeff Pearlman's book Showtime, but yes, HBO won't be showing a series whose title is the same as any of its competitors. The large cast includes John C. Reilly as team owner Jerry Buss, Jason Clarke as GM Jerry West, Tracy Letts, Adrien Brody and Jason Segel as head coach Jack McKinney, Pat Riley and Paul Westhead, Gaby Hoffman as arena manager Claire Rothman and Julianne Nicholson as Cranny McKinney. But no, HBO's two-part The Larry David Story, which premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m., is a straight-forward documentary about the guy behind "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Now 74, the notoriously misanthropic David talks to director Larry Charles about his personal and professional ups and downs. 8. I suppose it can't get any worse than "Tiger King". The eight-part miniseries “Joe. Vs. Carole" takes us deep into the battle between big cat lover Carole Baskin and Joe "Exotic" Schreibvogel. John Cameron Mitchell and Kate McKinnon play the titular couple, so I'm assuming some comedy is afoot. Based on the Joe Exotic podcast, the show premieres Thursday on Peacock. Kyle MacLachlan and Dean Winter's co-star. On Thursday, HBO Max airs a comedy about pirates in the early 1800s. Created by David Jenkins, the film is called Our Flag Means Death and will co-star and direct Taika Waititi (of What We Do in the Shadows, Jojo Rabbit, and Flight of the Conchords). Rhys Darby plays Stede Bonnet, a real-life Barbadian pirate known as "The Gentleman Pirate" because he had quite a bit of wealth before turning to the bad side. "Chapelle's Home Team" Despite the controversy, Netflix is ​​sticking with Dave Chappelle, who introduces comics in this new series. Netflix, Monday "Severance" What if we could separate our identities into work and personal? "Pam & Tommy" The sextape story takes on sexism and early viral videos. "The Gilded Age" Old Money vs. New Money in New York in the 1880s, by Julian Fellowes. HBO

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Lakers hear it from fans in loss to Pelicans

The Lakers continue to struggle with the playoffs fast approaching. Their latest setback was a 123-95 loss to New Orleans on Sunday. (Author: Gardener)

PelicansBroderick Turner on the Lakers: The Lakers were booed from the Crypto.com Arena court on Sunday night, their 123-95 win over the New Orleans Pelicans leaving their fans unsatisfied and leaving Los Angeles players searching for answers from a past season off the rails. The Lakers lost their first two games after the All-Star break, showed no sense of urgency against the Pelicans, and fell six games under .500 (27-33). Obviously, for a Lakers team that many viewed as championship contenders, this wasn't expected early in the season. "I think we get too involved with ourselves every game and just don't play as hard as we can," said Russell Westbrook, who had 16 points, one assist and seven turnovers. “Teams come in and play harder. And I think that's kind of a scouting report, just play harder than them and see what happens and it works. Until we realize and have a determination that we won't let it happen, especially at home, it will continue to happen to us.” As the ninth seed in the West, the Lakers now have just a 2½ game lead over the tenth seed Pelicans . The Lakers have 22 regular-season games left, two of them against the same New Orleans team that just overran Los Angeles. LeBron James led the Lakers by 32 points in 13-to-23 shooting, but his efforts were meaningless in a game where the Lakers trailed by as much as 32 points. "Well, I don't have an answer for tonight," James said. But tonight, from the six-minute point of the second quarter through the third, no answers. This team played well: they went to Phoenix, beat them and obviously smashed the doors away from us today, mostly in that third quarter. Los Angeles should be the hub of MLS, as it was three years ago when LAFC was the league's best team and the Galaxy was led by the colorful and dominant Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The process of reclaiming their appointment as the league's crown jewel began on an opening weekend cut short by Chicharito Hernández's 90th-minute goal in the Galaxy's 1-0 win over defending champions NYCFC on Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park. A day earlier, LAFC had clinched a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids after a hat-trick by Carlos Vela. From Kevin Baxter: The Galaxy went into the closing minutes of last season's final with a playoff berth in hand, only to see it slip through their fingers when a chance goal deep in injury time allowed Real Salt Lake to closest to advancing margins, a goal difference tiebreaker. Instead, it's motivated a team determined not to reduce their playoff hopes to the final game this season either. The Galaxy started on Sunday with that mission, with a 90th-minute goal from Javier "Chicharito" Hernández making the difference in a 1-0 season-opener win over New York City FC before a sun-drenched crowd of 25,174 at Dignity Health Sports proclaimed Park. "We didn't like the end of last season," said midfielder Sacha Kljestan. “Of course, you don't want to boil down to your last game of the regular season being a competitive game or a playoff atmosphere. From Luca Evans: The drivers knew that Sunday's Wise Power 400, the first two-mile speedway race of the NASCAR Cup Series season, wouldn't be about pure speed. It wouldn't be about hitting the gas for 200 miles and driving your car as hard as you can into the bumpy tarmac of Fontana. The solo wreck followed less than 40 laps into Sunday's race at Auto Club Speedway when Kyle Busch spun on lap 16 and early leader Chase Elliott suddenly hit the wall and spun on lap 39. "We're going to live on that fine line, and there's going to be a lot of people that are going to go beyond that," predicted Cole Custer, winner of Saturday's Xfinity Series race. But this was a race of survival, and Reddick's No. 8 Chevrolet did not survive - opening a lane for reigning Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson to claim a win. From Andrew Greif: Two days after watching the final seconds of a suspenseful thriller from the bench, Clippers center Ivica Zubac was no longer a spectator but a barrier. With 16 seconds left in Sunday's game in Houston, he was the only defender between the basket and an attacking Christian Wood with the Clippers clinging to a two-point lead. The 6-foot-9 wood kept the ball well above his head and jumped for a game-tying basket. Originally ruled a foul, the play was overturned and, after a retest, deemed Zubac's career-best sixth block. The Clippers' eventual 99-98 victory at the Toyota Center was only officially over when the Clippers scored free throws and a missed, potentially game-changing three-pointer from Jalen Green four seconds from time. But on a night when the Clippers, said coach Tyronn Lue, "were a step slow, had no pace, had no speed," once were 13 down on a team they'd beaten by 31 in less than two weeks earlier It's fitting that Zubac found a way to make the biggest game of the rally. His 14 points, season-best 15 rebounds and a half-dozen blocks marked something of a personal comeback for the 7-foot center. Amid the Clippers' 105-102 win over the Lakers on Friday, their first since the All-Star break, Zubac's self-confessed lack of energy meant he struggled to contain Dwight Howard. He watched the last 18 minutes on the sidelines. From Luca Evans: One of Andrew Whitworth's role models in attacking tackle for the Rams was Wayne Gretzky, and the hockey legend remains in the shadows of Whitworth's career. Last week, Whitworth spoke to Gretzky following the Rams' victory in Super Bowl LVI. The four-time Stanley Cup champion said of the oldest tackle in NFL history, "There's only one thing better than winning one and that's winning two." Whitworth went as a guest at the Wise on Sunday NASCAR's Power 400 race at Fontana, and said he's now considering another piece of wisdom from Gretzky — a conversation they had a few years ago when Whitworth first considered hanging up his shoes. "He told me a story about how he made sure I got teams to rip the jersey off and not take it off," Whitworth said, "because it's one of the best things I can ever do." By Ben Bolch: Winning big has its privileges. UCLA's 39-point blowout in Oregon State on Saturday allowed Bruins coach Mick Cronin to dig deep into his bench and give his starters a rare breather. No starter played more than Jaime Jaquez Jr.'s 27 minutes and Jaylen Clark just 20. That was just what the No. 12 Bruins needed as they prepared to play a six-game-in-12-day stretch against Washington on Monday at Alaska Airlines exit arena. From Eric Sondheimer: Southern Section Open Division champions Corona Centennial (boys) and Etiwanda (girls) received the No. 1 picks for the Southern California Open Division basketball regional games that begin this week and progress to the state championships Jan .thru March 12 lead Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Centennial (30-1) was so dominant in the section playoffs that his four opponents lost by margins of 20, 45, 23, and 25 points. Etiwanda (28-0) is undefeated after winning their first Open Division title. Both teams have byes in the first round. Centennial opens Saturday at home against the winner of Wednesday's opener between No. 4 Torrance Bishop Montgomery and No. 5 Santa Ana Mater Dei. Other openers have #7 Santa Maria St. Joseph at #2 Studio City Harvard-Westlake and #6 San Diego St. Augustine at #3 Chatsworth Sierra Canyon. Etiwanda will play the winner of No. 4 Corona Centennial and No. 5 San Diego Mission Hills at home on Saturday night. #3 Sierra Canyon hosts #6 San Diego Cathedral Catholic and #7 Mater Dei plays at #2 La Jolla Country Day. The big game Saturday could be La Jolla Country Day, which hosts Sierra Canyon. 1922 - In the first formal basketball tournament of the collegiate conference, North Carolina beats Mercer 40-26 to win the Southern Intercollegiate Conference championship. The 13-team conference is holding its own in its second season. 1929 - The Chicago Black Hawks are disqualified for an eighth consecutive NHL-record game. It's not a total loss as the Black Hawks keep the New York Rangers scoreless in a 0-0 draw. 1940 - College basketball is televised for the first time. Station W2XBS will broadcast a basketball doubleheader from New York's Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh plays Fordham and New York University takes on Georgetown. 1957 - Johnny Longden becomes the first jockey in history to reach 5,000 wins. Longden, who began his career in 1927, persuades Bente to a head win over Flying Finish II in the fourth race at Santa Anita Park. 1960 - The United States ice hockey team scores six goals in the third period to beat Czechoslovakia 9-4 and the Winning a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California. S. is 4-3 down after two periods, but Roger Christian scores three times in the third. 1971 - Jack Nicklaus wins the PGA Championship by defeating Billy Casper by three shots. 1981 - Calvin Murphy of Houston makes the last of his 78 consecutive free throws in a game against San Diego, setting the NBA record at the time. 1986 - Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth suspended Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds, Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets, Joaquin Andujar of the Oakland Athletics, Lonnie Smith of the Kansas City Royals, Enos Cabell of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jeff Leonard of the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees' Dale Berra sentenced to one year for drug abuse 1987 – Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn names his 2,000. Consecutive game for the club, a streak of 22 years. 1993 - Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne scores four goals, becoming the third rookie in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season. Selanne scores his 51st third-half goal to help the Jets defeat the Minnesota North Stars 7-6 at Winnipeg Arena. 1999 - Venus and Serena Williams become the first sisters to win WTA Tour events on the same day. Venus wins the IGA SuperThrift Tennis Classic in Oklahoma City after Serena clinched her first title on the WTA Tour at the Gaz de France Open. 2003 – In Val Di Fiemme, Italy, Johnny Spillane wins the Nordic Combined Sprint, becoming the first American to win a gold medal at the World Nordic Championships. 2010 - Sidney Crosby scores the winning goal in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 win over the United States in the final event of the Olympic Games in Vancouver. The American Silver is the 37th medal won by the United States at these Games, and the United States wins the medal race for the first time since 1932. LAFC star Carlos Vela looked like himself from 2019 against Colorado on Saturday. Watch him score his season-opening hat-trick here.

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McCollum, Pelicans roll to a 123-95 win over the tumbling Lakers

The 28-point winning margin is the largest in Pelicans franchise history over the Lakers, surpassing their 139-117 win in 2018. McCollum has six straight games with 20 points. He averaged 28 points in his seven games with the... (Author: Gardener)

PelicansNew Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes takes a dive during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, February 27, 2022 in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES (AP) -- CJ McCollum scored 22 points, Jonas Valanciunas and Brandon Ingram each added 19 and the New Orleans Pelicans rolled to a 123-95 win over the tumbling Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. The 28-point winning margin is the largest in Pelicans franchise history over the Lakers, surpassing their 139-117 win in 2018. McCollum has six straight games with 20 points. He has averaged 28 points in his seven games with the Pelicans since being acquired from Portland on Feb. 8. He had nine points in the third quarter as New Orleans put on a 26-7 run lasting more than four minutes to end the game. New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum, right, shoots while Los Angeles Lakers guard Austin Reaves defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, February 27, 2022 in Los Angeles. Valanciunas also had 10 rebounds for his 37th double-double of the season, which ranks third in the NBA. Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook runs into the corner of the court prior to an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans Sunday, February 27, 2022 in Los Angeles. Ingram, who played three seasons for the Lakers, also had eight assists. He had six points in the last six minutes of the first half as the Pelicans started a 17-4 run to take a 51-37 lead with 35 seconds left. LeBron James put a 3-pointer on subsequent possession to draw the Lakers 51-40 at halftime. James led the Lakers with 32 points and Russell Westbrook added 16. Los Angeles has lost back-to-back and five of its last six to fall 27-33 in its worst six games of the season under .500. Los Angeles Lakers forward Stanley Johnson, left, shoots while Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, February 27, 2022 in Los Angeles. The Lakers have committed 23 turnovers, 16 of them in the first half. Los Angeles' night could be summed up in the third quarter when DeAndre Jordan threw a cross-court pass that hit a front-row fan along the baseline. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, shoots while New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, February 27, 2022 in Los Angeles. Fans in the crypto.com arena voiced their displeasure with most of the boos in the second half. Pelicans: New Orleans has won five straight road games, the fifth since the team moved from Charlotte in 2002. Lakers: Dwight Howard finished the tournament with 11 rebounds. Midway through the second quarter, he averaged 10,400 career defensive rebounds. Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook, center, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes, left, and forward Herbert Jones defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, February 27, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. (AP Photo/Mark J. (AP Photo/Mark J. (AP Photo/Mark J.

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Lakers' Austin Reaves is being adjusted to the starting role

Vogel has said he would have a starting role for Lakers after the All-Star break. (Author: Gardener)

Austin ReavesLOS ANGELES — For a time, Austin Reaves had reason to wonder if fate was keeping him from making the starting XI. Coach Frank Vogel had told him twice that he would probably be in the starting XI. The second time in December - after his game-winning shot in Dallas - he was a late scratch due to the NBA's COVID-19 protocols and missed seven straight games. When Vogel stopped by again to tell him he'd be a starter for the Lakers after the All-Star break, Reaves may have been a little spooked about what might happen to him next. But the third time it went as it should: The 23-year-old made his first career start, going 2 for 4 with 6 points and 3 assists. "Not many people thought I would be in this situation initially," he said. Hopefully I have a lot more progress and a lot of years to play.” While Reaves downplayed it, he also got some measure of redemption in a sequence where he guarded Reggie Jackson, who won the February 3 basket against him scored This time, Reaves expected the spin to move and grabbed Jackson's shot, then chased it down to pin him at the baseline. While an injury to Avery Bradley Reaves has opened up a starting spot, what Vogel likes about the 6ft-5 guard is that he's not as vulnerable on defense as opponents seem to think. While Vogel said Reaves could improve, he also trusted the team's lone rookie enough to start him again Sunday night against the Pelicans. "He's got great length and great feet and he's really frantic and tough to play that kind of role," Vogel said. Analysis: LeBron James says he's committed to Lakers, does damage control at All-Star weekend Comments Lakers try to look ahead despite Anthony Davis' absence Reaves isn't the youngest Laker, but it's noticeable that he's the only player in the first year is a veteran list. Still, he was largely accepted as one of the group: Rajon Rondo was most concerned about giving Reaves so-called "rookie duties," like grabbing extra towels or making him buy a candle for his hotel room on road trips. Since Rondo was traded, Reaves said most of his errands have also gone away. Now Reaves just feels a part of things, just like he's settled into the rotation. He learns from game to game on the court. "Earlier in the year the length and the size and [the way] these guys can move was really the main thing for me to struggle with," he said. "But when you get to that point you kind of get a rhythm, you get a flow and a feel for this type of basketball and you really just have to settle down and figure out what you can do to be successful.

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Lakers sink even further and are booed at home

The Lakers season hit a new low on Sunday when their 123-95 loss to the Pelicans was met by a chorus of boos from the home crowd throughout the night. (Author: Gardener)

SundayLOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers' season hit a new low on Sunday when their 123-95 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans was accompanied by a chorus of boos from the Crypto.com Arena audience throughout the night. The A native, who the franchise gave a complete makeover during the offseason, was asked if he would take home that kind of welcome from Lakers fans after his team lost for a ninth time in their last 12 games. "Nah," he said. I have three beautiful children in my home. Why should I take it home? Why should I take it home? Why should I take it home? If they boo, they can take their ass home. "The only answer I can give when I take them home is no. But as far as our team is concerned, I don't think we have to deal with it. Right now the Lakers are tumbling backwards, shaved off the loss to the No. 11 Pelicans reducing their lead even to a play-in spot to just 2½ games with 22 games remaining. is playing three teams higher overall this week — the Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers, and Golden State Warriors — and then he has for the Rest of March road-heavy schedule."We had a tough stretch with Dallas, Clippers again Thursday, then Golden State on Saturday," LeBron James said. "And we've got 10 road games left this month or March so it's not going to be any easier for us were outscored 44-25 in the third quarter - when the boos were first heard from the stands - at d followed up to 32 at one point d the color is clogged and we try to push inwards - with the pass, with the jump - and that leads to a lot of turnovers," said Lakers coach Frank Vogel after his team scored 7 out of 34 of 3 (20.6%). had shot. While Westbrook again mentioned the team's championship goal — a concept that seems as far off as Anthony Davis' claim earlier in the season that LA was primed to end a 10- or 12-game winning streak at any moment — James bid one on a far meager standard to aim for. “Everything starts with a win. That's where it starts," he said when asked how L. "Try to get out of that slide and make a profit and learn from that win with things you've done well, things you've done have not done so well. So it always starts with that and how you can try and get into a situation from game to game." When asked about what to do after the loss, Vogel said the Lakers should just "flush it" and turn the page , but Westbrook pointed to a discouraging trend that doesn't seem easy to shake: "Teams come in, play harder and I think that's kind of a scouting report: just play harder than them and see what happens." "It's really easy to give up, throw in the towel and say negative things," said Westbrook "Well, I'm really at a loss for words. But we have to stay positive. I know it was a very tough season, but no.

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A 28-point loss to the Pelicans!? The Lakers' problems get uglier in a boo-filled flop

The Lakers played lousy against the New Orleans Pelicans, and fans at the Crypto.com Arena lent an ear to the team's 123-95 loss. (Author: Gardener)

PelicansLakers center Dwight Howard (left) and New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas battle for a rebound in the first half of the Lakers' 123-95 loss Sunday at Crypto.com Arena. The Lakers woke up Saturday morning, looked at the teams behind them in the Western Conference rankings and got a glimpse of a New Orleans Pelicans team that was eyeing Los Angeles as a potential NBA Play-In tournament opponent. On Sunday, the Lakers faced the Pelicans and saw for themselves how difficult New Orleans can be. Fans in the Crypto.com Arena saw it, too, as they rained down boos on the lifeless Lakers in the third quarter, letting them know that their huge deficit that led to a 123-95 win over the Pelicans was unacceptable. As the final buzzer sounded, the fans booed even more as the Lakers left the court. "I think every game we get too involved with ourselves and we just don't play as hard as we can," said Russell Westbrook. “Teams come in and play harder. And I think that's kind of a scouting report, just play harder than them and see what happens and it works. As the ninth seed in the West, the Lakers now have just a 2½ game lead over the tenth seed Pelicans. The Lakers have 22 regular-season games left, two of them against the same New Orleans team that just overran Los Angeles. The Lakers lost their first two games after the All-Star break, showed no sense of urgency against the Pelicans, and fell six games under .500 (27-33). LeBron James led the Lakers by 32 points in 13-to-23 shooting, but his efforts were meaningless in a game where the Lakers trailed by as much as 32 points. James also had seven turnovers. Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (center) shoots in front of New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes (left) and forward Herbert Jones in the first half. "I've had some terrible turnovers," said James. Westbrook had 16 points, but he was only five for 15 from the field and also had seven turnovers and only one assist. The Lakers shot just 20.6% (seven for 34) from three-point range. The boos began when James threw a cross-court pass five minutes from time in the third quarter that landed under the hands of Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker and out of bounds. When the Lakers called a timeout with 5:39 left, now at 75-53, the boos came again. When the Lakers went down 95-65 at the end of the third quarter, they were booed again by the fans. By the end of the game, the Lakers had 23 turnovers. "It's really easy to give up, throw in the towel and say negative things," said Dwight Howard. I know it's been a very tough season.” Their defense was torn apart, allowing the Pelicans to shoot 64% in the third. Their offense was terrible, the Lakers making just 33.3% of their shots in the third and missing all nine of their three-point attempts. The Lakers couldn't slow down the New Orleans trio of Brandon Ingram, Jonas Valanciunas and CJ McCollum. Before Ingram had 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds, Valanciunas another double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and McCollum had 22 points, eight assists and five rebounds, Lakers coach Frank Vogel spoke enthusiastically about it. "I don't want to name names, but CJ and BI and Jonas, all three are horses," Vogel said. And I think it suits them very well. And the move to CJ playing point guard is something that's bearing fruit so far."

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Lakers flop against New Orleans as home crowd boos lackluster performance

In the third quarter, the Lakers' disastrous season slipped to its lowest point on record, beating it by 19 points during that period. (Author: Gardener)

New OrleansLOS ANGELES — The unmistakable ring of disapproval has been building over the past few weeks, although the Lakers' home games haven't sold out as they once did. It reached a crescendo on Sunday night, with Lakers fans booing their own team. In the third quarter, the Lakers' disastrous season slipped to its lowest point yet, being beaten by the New Orleans Pelicans -- one of the teams they tracked in Western Conference standings -- by 19 points in the frame. Between turnstile defense, turnovers that fly all over the court, and punches up and down from their energetic guests, the Lakers were outperformed in every category. In response to the underperformance, more than a handful of the 17,536 spectators left their seats and flocked to the exits, including team owner and Governor Jeanie Buss, who left her seat in fateful third place with a few minutes to go. The 123-95 loss to the Pelicans (25-36) was important because the Lakers (27-33) are now down 9 of their last 12 games and are just 2.5 games away from making the play-in tournament to miss the NBA overall. But in it it was evident that a kind of spark, a sense of pride, had gone out for a team that was quickly being forgotten. "I don't have an answer for tonight," LeBron James said. But no replies tonight from the six-minute point of the second quarter through the third. Despite multiple pledges that they were aiming for a post-All-Star push, the Lakers got off to a slow start again and only got worse. Nothing highlighted the lack of focus and effort quite like their 22 turnovers versus just 15 team assists (seven of those assists came in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach). LeBron James and Russell Westbrook, the team's two top players, were the main culprits in this disgraceful statistic, with each star hitting seven rallies. While James managed to lead the Lakers by 32 points, Westbrook struggled to make other types of impact. It took him almost 43 minutes to record his first assist in garbage time, shooting 5 for 15 from the floor for 16 points. Westbrook believes opposing teams are determined to outperform the Lakers -- and it's working. "I don't want to speak for anyone else, but I think what's happened with the season, injuries and other things, the crowd that's booing today, it's a lot for people," he said. "That can be a lot for someone who isn't used to it, or it can take a toll." The Lakers' effort was disheveled early on: They fought back early in the second half, but their 16 first-half turnovers gave New Orleans an advantage. J. McCollum (22 points) and 19 points and 8 assists from former Laker Brandon Ingram lead the Pelicans 51-40 at the half. It has been typical of the Lakers lately to give up a double-digit lead before eventually sparking a comeback. New Orleans quickly amassed 16 points in the first five minutes of the second half, en route to a 44-25 blowout in the third quarter alone. After checking in for the first time in six games, DeAndre Jordan attempted a full-court outlet pass that landed well on the courts - a lowlight that was comical but represented how far the Lakers have fallen: " If it doesn't work Well, it's natural to lose your breath sometimes," said a thoughtful bird, tapping with a pencil while grimly eyeing the stat sheet. Analysis: LeBron James says he's committed to Lakers, doing damage control at All-Star weekend Comments Lakers try to look ahead despite Anthony Davis' absence James eventually turned on a shot on goal, but after the game was already out of control. The Lakers shot just 41.7 percent from the floor as a team, including 7 for 34 in threes. Anthony Davis was one of the courtside spectators, wearing a black boot on his right foot that is expected to take a month or more to heal. The Lakers have lost the two games since he was injured and are only 7-12 in the last 19 games he has missed. One of the most optimistic Lakers, Dwight Howard, spent much of his post-game press conference in long, concise pauses. "I really don't have many words," he said. I don't like looking back and saying certain things. Pretty lost (for words). “ It's a feeling that's going around at the moment.

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Is Cassi's morning routine effective on "Euphoria"? Skin care experts step in

The character's 4am skincare routine involved many facial tools and multiple steps, but is it effective? (Author: Gardener)

CassiIn the second season of the HBO high school drama series Euphoria, Sydney Sweeney's character Cassie Howard wakes up at 4 a.m. every morning and goes through a grueling, multi-step beauty routine, all in hopes of winning over her best friend's ex-boyfriend. At first glance, the regime seems intense — three types of facial massagers, a futuristic-looking sheet mask, and even trimming her nose hair. However, according to skincare experts, Cassie's beauty regimen would be far more effective if she simply cut it in half. Charlotte Palermino, a licensed esthetician and CEO of skincare brand Dieux, told The Independent that she had a somewhat disturbing inner-body experience when she first saw Cassie's morning ritual. "The energy made me very uncomfortable and why she did the beauty practices, which should stand out," Palermino told us. "When you start doing beauty practices not for yourself but for someone else, it's not fun. Cassie used a wide array of beauty tools and trinkets throughout the multi-step process, including a 3D facial massage roller and a gold sculpting stick. While these tools are useful for reducing lymphatic drainage and aiding in blood flow, like Cassie, you won't get significant results from using them. "If you drink a lot of alcohol, and these teens drink a lot of alcohol, then you may have water retention and fluid buildup on your face," Palermino said. "If that happens, then yes, you're going to want a facial massage like you do every day. Her routine uses Cassie or Sweeney, as the actor revealed she brought the skincare tools from home, specifically the Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar, which costs $195. According to Shannon Marks, a licensed esthetician and owner of Shannon Lee Esthetics in Manhattan, New York, the gold bar's vibrations mimic the effects of a massage and instantly relax facial muscles to release tension. Next in her beauty routine, Cassie uses an ice roller on her face and neck. Ice rolling has become a popular skincare hack lately because the process is simple: just roll the cold ice over your face to reduce inflammation and wake up feeling refreshed. Whether it works, Palermo said: "First and foremost, ice is rolling, it feels good. Will an ice roller knock 20 years out of your face? Jenny Patinkin's reusable sheet mask was about step a million in Cassie's 4 a.m. routine and costs $38. This organic, reusable face mask is an eco-friendly replacement for other disposable sheet masks. "The Jenny Patinkin mask is made from sustainable bamboo and can be reused with your own serums," Marks told us. It also has dual uses, as the sheet mask can be used with warm water to aid in "product absorption and improving skin's moisture retention" or chilled with cold water to "increase blood flow, reduce inflammation and improve skin's ability to retain moisture." Leaving skin looking refreshed.” While reusable sheet masks are very versatile, using them to cool her face to reduce inflammation, Cassie simply repeats the same steps already accomplished with the ice roller. "She duplicates a lot of steps," Palermino said. Each of these products is useful individually to eliminate puffiness, model and make the skin look radiant. But viewers should be warned not to take the advice of Cassie's routine, as she neglects the actual skincare products we know deliver actual anti-aging and pore-tightening results, like sunscreen, retinol, and niacinamide. "I think the products are fine individually," said Palermo. “Are they the most effective products in skin care? No. But is it really fun to use in skincare? Really, there are no rules when it comes to skincare as long as you do what works for you — even if Cassie's routine is a bit sketchy in Euphoria. However, while reflecting on the initially uncomfortable energy Cassie's skincare routine gave her, Palermino said she now prefers to think of the regimen as a coping mechanism more than anything else. "I think that's a more positive way of looking at it, that it was something she could control in a situation that she wasn't in control of, which was Nate's behavior," she said. Because what better way to feel like you have a life together than to stock up on a bunch of expensive face masks and hyaluronic acid serums and follow a multi-step skincare routine, right?

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