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Eddy from Austin 04-14-13 11:11 AM

Official Spurs at Lakers Game Thread (8:30)
8:30 PM

San Antonio (58 - 21)


LA Lakers (43 - 37)

Spurs-Lakers Preview
  • San Antonio has won its last four games against the Lakers, including both meetings so far this season. The Spurs will be looking to sweep a season series from the Lakers for the first time since 2004-05 (4-0).

STATS Writer

(AP) -- Kobe Bryant seemed to be the one constant during a tumultuous season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, they'll have to conclude their chase for a playoff spot without him.
In its first game since Bryant suffered a devastating injury, Los Angeles seeks another crucial victory Sunday night as it hosts the San Antonio Spurs in a possible first-round playoff preview.

"We know he's out, but we can't put our heads down like it's over with," Lakers center Dwight Howard said. "We have to go out there and play. We have a lot of talented guys on this team. I think we can accomplish something great, with or without Kobe."
Bryant's initial fear - that he sustained a torn Achilles tendon in Friday's 118-116 home win over Golden State - was confirmed after the game, and he underwent season-ending surgery Saturday.
The 34-year-old superstar is in for an arduous rehab process, but said he is aiming to be ready for the start of next season even though recovery time is expected to be six to nine months. That still leaves the Lakers (43-37) without one of the game's best players for the final two games of their schedule, which concludes at home against Houston on Wednesday.

They own a one-game advantage over Utah for the Western Conference's final playoff spot but lost that head-to-head tiebreaker, so the Lakers must finish at least a game better than the Jazz to make the playoffs for an eighth straight year. Wins in each of their final two games would secure a postseason berth, while a loss in either would see them anxiously awaiting how the Jazz finish with games at Minnesota on Monday and Memphis on Wednesday.

Bryant's injury is the latest and most devastating in a dysfunctional Lakers season that has also seen prolonged absences by Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, who has missed six in a row with a hamstring injury and is listed as doubtful for Sunday.

"We're fueled by these injuries," said Gasol, who had his first triple-double of the season Friday with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. "We want to take on the challenge and prove we're a good team even without our best player."

Without Bryant and his averages of 27.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds, Jodie Meeks will assume the starting shooting guard role. Meeks has averaged 7.5 points and shot 33.3 percent in eight starts.

If Los Angeles does grab the West's No. 8 seed, it could begin the playoffs against San Antonio, which is a half-game behind Oklahoma City for the conference's best record but has a game in hand.

The Spurs (58-21) guaranteed they would finish no lower than the second seed with Friday's 108-101 win over the Kings coupled with Denver's loss to Dallas.

But San Antonio's frontcourt will also be slightly short-handed moving forward as the club decided to waive Stephen Jackson on Friday, and Boris Diaw is expected to miss three to four weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from his lumbar spine. Manu Ginobili (strained hamstring) has sat out the last seven games and will miss the final three of the regular season.

"We probably look a little thin, but life goes on," coach Gregg Popovich said.

Friday did see Tony Parker return after missing two straight games and three of four with a sore neck. He had 22 points and 10 assists for his 17th double-double of the season, two more than his previous career best.

Parker is averaging 23.0 points while shooting 58.8 percent in the last four meetings with the Lakers - all San Antonio wins. Two of those came this season - before the All-Star break - as Gasol and Howard missed one and combined for just 23 points in the other.

Gasol and Howard will be tasked with slowing down Tim Duncan, who is averaging 22.2 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks over his last 13 games.

"Timmy shows up and does his job. Tony shows up and does his job. There's not a lot of gossiping about the situation," Spurs guard Gary Neal said of Jackson's departure. "It is what it is and we try to prepare ourselves to win games."

Dulce 04-14-13 12:23 PM

Spurs 89
Lakers 87

Mombear 04-14-13 12:24 PM

Spurs 113
Lakers 97

FireySpurs FireySpurs FireySpurs

MichaelWi101 04-14-13 02:01 PM

Seems like the Spurs have almost lost every game they've played when the other team's star goes down.

Spurs 86
Lakers 85

Eddy from Austin 04-14-13 04:35 PM

Spurs 102
Lakers 93

SleepyAdamII 04-14-13 04:40 PM

I think I saw on the ESPN ticker, that Nash is out too. Most times I think teams over compensate and beat the Spurs. This time, i'm not so sure the Lakers will know how to magically function without Kobe.

Scxeezy 04-14-13 05:01 PM

I'll be at the game thanks to by buddy who got us tickets. Hoping for a big win tonight, although it won't be as sweet without Kobe.

Dulce 04-14-13 05:27 PM

From LakerGround: http://forums.lakersground.net/viewtopic.php?t=160016

San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Lakers
•Spurs lead the series 2-0
•Sunday, April 14, 2013
•6:30PM PT│9:30PM ET - Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles Lakers
Current Record

Probable Starters
•Jodie Meeks
Last game:│22 Minutes│3 Points on 1-3 FG│1-2 3PT│0-0 FT│2 Rebounds│2 Assists│
•Steve Blake
Last game:│37 Minutes│14 Points on 4-9 FG│4-8 3PT│2-2 FT│5 Assists│3 Rebounds│
•Dwight Howard
Last game:│38 Minutes│28 Points on 7-8 FG│0-0 3PT│14-22 FT│7 Rebounds│1 Block│
•Pau Gasol
Last game:│37 Minutes│26 Points on 9-13 FG│0-0 3PT│8-8 FT│11 Rebounds│10 Assists│
•Metta World Peace
Last game: │24 Minutes│6 Points on 2-5 FG│1-3 3PT│2-2 FT│6 Rebounds│
Injury Report
Kobe Bryant underwent a successful surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon.
He's likely to return in 6-9 months. More specifically, he's aiming for the return at the beginning of the next season.
Antawn Jamison is dealing with a right wrist injury but is probable for Sunday's game against the Spurs.
Devin Ebanks has missed the Lakers' past 2 games due to a respiratory issue.
He is questionable to play against the Spurs on Sunday.
Steve Nash has a strained right hamstring and has missed the Lakers past six games. He is a game-time decision for Sunday game, but it's doubtful.
Jordan Hill will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.
Previous Game
vs Warriors (W) 4/12/13
•Field Goal Made-Attempted
34-66 51.5%
•3 Point Made-Attempted
12-25 48.0%
•Free Throw Made-Attempted
38-50 76.0%
•Fast Break Points│Points in the Paint
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San Antonio Spurs
Current Record
Probable Starters
•Tim Duncan
Last game:│34 Minutes│18 Points on 7-18 FG│0-0 3PT│4-5 FT│6 Rebounds│5 Blocks│
•Kawhi Leonard
Last game:│35 Minutes│15 Points on 7-14 FG│0-5 3PT│1-2 FT│7 Rebounds│2 Blocks│
•Tiago Splitter
Last game:│32 Minutes│12 Points on 4-7 FG│0-0 3PT│4-5 FT│12 Rebounds│6 Assists│
•Tony Parker
Last game:│34 Minutes│22 Points on 9-13 FG│0-0 3PT│4-4 FT│10 Assists│3 Rebounds│
•Danny Green
Last game:│32 Minutes│12 Points on 4-6 FG│2-3 3PT│2-2 FT│5 Rebounds│3 Assists│
Injury Report
•Boris Diaw will miss the next two-to-three weeks with a sprained lumbar facet in his back.
•Manu Ginobili is expected to miss the next three-to-four weeks after straining his right hamstring on March 29th.
Previous Game
vs Kings (W) 4/12/13
•Field Goal Made-Attempted
42-77 54.5%
•3 Point Made-Attempted
6-17 35.3%
•Free Throw Made-Attempted
18-21 85.7%
•Fast Break Points│Points in the Paint
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Team Stats Leaders
PPG Bryant 27.3│Parker 20.7
RPG Howard 12.3│Duncan 9.9
APG Nash 6.7│Parker 7.5
BPG Howard 2.4│Duncan 2.7
SPG Metta 1.7│Leonard 1.7
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Overall NBA Rankings
PPG 102.4(6th)│103.3(4th)
RPG 44.5(4th)│41.3(21st)
APG 22.2(17th)│25.1(1st)
PA 101.3(25th)│96.3(9th)
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Hollinger Team Statistics
PACE 96.9(4th)│96.2(8th)
TO 13.9(18th)│14.0(20th)
AST 17.0(18th)│19.3(1st)
OFF EFF 105.8(8th)│106.5(7th)
DEF EFF 103.9(19th)│99.0(3rd)
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•In last meeting, Lakers were trailing by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter and by 12 with 4:15 to play, the Lakers used a 9-0 run in just over a minute’s time to pull back within three before missing their next five field goal attempts with the chance to draw closer as well as two three-pointers in the final four seconds that would have tied the game and ultimately fell to the San Antonio Spurs 105-108 at AT&T Center. Kobe Bryant was one of four Lakers in double-figures and three with 20+ points, posting a game-high 27 points on 10-of-24 shooting. Metta World Peace added 23 points (10-22 FG), eight rebounds and seven steals, Earl Clark totaled career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (13) in 28 minutes off the bench and Steve Nash rounded out the Lakers in double-figures with 14 points (6-12 FG) and a game-high nine assists.

captainlate 04-15-13 12:25 AM

Wow that looked uninspiring

MichaelWi101 04-15-13 06:21 AM

“We didn’t match their energy at all,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I just thought we floated through the game.”

It seems like they do this every single time they face a team who is without their 'star'

WhiteChocolateJr 04-15-13 02:02 PM

Y'know, the "they just made their 3s" argument bugs me. Yeah. They did make their threes. You know why? Because the Lakers were playing solid inside-out basketball, kicking it out to WIDE OPEN shooters on almost every possession.

Kinda like the Spurs were doing in February. Now, we've become a stopped-ball, iso team with god-awful possessions in which we force late clock jumpers or off-balance heaves.

If there's a lesson to be learned from the tape--it's from watching the side-to-side swing of the Lakers offense, and the drive/kick ball that we NEED to get back to doing like....last week.

JuanCaca 04-15-13 05:50 PM

theres any possibility that iso game was played BY DESIGN? i mean, that pop ask to do so, knowing playoffs defense can disrupt passing lanes and force spurs to play iso game..

alh1020 04-15-13 06:16 PM


Originally Posted by MichaelWi101 (Post 1294888)
....It seems like they do this every single time they face a team who is without their 'star'

And always allow a bench player who is filling their 'stars' void to have a career game. Last night it was Steve Blake. I wonder if Golden State or the Timberwolves have anyone who is ready for their 15 minutes (or more) of fame?

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