Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.

11/14/14: Spurs at Lakers, Friday at 7PM Pacific

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San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers

11/14/14

7:00 PM Pacific time / 10:00 PM Eastern Time

Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA

TV:   Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes (Los Angeles), KENS 5 (San Antonio) National: ESPN

Line: Los Angeles Lakers + 8

2014-15 Records:

Los Angeles Lakers: 1-7, 15th (last) in the Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs: 4-3, 8th in the Western Conference

Record vs. each other (2013-14 season): Lakers were 1-3 versus the Spurs last season.

Injuries:

Lakers:

Out: Nick Young (thumb), Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg), Wayne Ellington (personal), Ronnie Price (suspension)

Questionable: Ryan Kelly (Hamstring)

 Update: 

Spurs: 

Out: Tiago Splitter (calf), Marco Belinelli (groin),

*injury updates via Rotoworld.com

  • The Lakers are off to a horrible start at 1-7 which is partly due to their very tough schedule to start the season. The combine record of the 7 teams in which the Lakers have lost to this season are 34-13 which equates to a 72.3 winning percentage. It doesn’t get any easier with the defending NBA champions coming to town today and then facing the 6-2 Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
  • One of the only bright spots for the Lakers this season has been Kobe Bryant who is doing the unheard of for a player that is both age 36 and coming off 2 devastating injuries. Bryant currently leads the league in scoring at 27.5 points per game; although Bryant is shooting a very poor 38.8 percent from the field, he has been the recipient of really tight coverage from defenses, especially in the 4th quarters where teams have really been keying in on making him take tough shots.
  • James Harden is 2nd in the league in scoring at 25.1 points per game, shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 30.9 from 3 which are both lower than Kobe Bryant.
  • Bryant is averaging 5.4 points in the 4th quarter, shooting 31 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3, all of which are the lowest of the 4 quarters.
  • The Spurs are off to a slow start this season at 4-3 and with their usually very smooth running, efficient offense which currently ranks towards the bottom of the league in points per game (24th) and offensive efficiency rating (23rd); however, the Spurs defense has been solid, ranking at the top of the league in opposition points per game (5th) and defensive efficiency rating (8th.)
  • Tony Parker is leading the Spurs in scoring this season at 17.1 points per game and shooting at an eye-catching efficiency of 52.5 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from 3.
  • Kobe Bryant is beginning to get a little bit more help on the offensive end from Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin. In the last 3 games Boozer is averaging 17.3 points and shooting 56.8 percent from the field. Jeremy Lin is averaging 16.0 points and shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from deep in the last 3 games.

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  • wu kong

    “Bryant is shooting a very poor 38.8 percent from the field, he has been the recipient of really tight coverage from defenses, especially in the 4th quarters where teams have really been keying in on making him take tough shots.”

    If they are keying in on him double triple teaming him then he needs to swing it one more time to the open man.

    I know very small sample size but Jlin is a great option for that bail out shot.

    looking at shot clock range fg%’s for 2014-15 season so far. I by no means think Jlin will keep this high %’s but if you look a the data for him from last year compared to Kobe this year jlin is still a good option and Kobe needs to trust him.

    http://jlinarticlesandfacts.proboards.com/post/4500/thread

    • wu kong

      charts for Kobe from this year compared to Jlin 2013-14 kobe has no data from last year for comparison and NBA stats only has 2013-14, and this year

    • Fern Rea

      I don’t disagree that Kobe can take some of those highly contested shots and instead use this teammates more such as Lin and Boozer who can knock down shots. Ellington, Kelly and Young when they get back. Outside of that its limited & I think he knows that. He just doesnt have confidence right now in these guys & that will take time. Also, the other guys like Lin have to be aggressive and demand the ball in those instances. This is not new & Kobe has discussed this before to guys, telling them you have to get my attention and demand that ball because I will be laser focused on scoring.

      • wu kong

        I see lin waving his arms trying to get attention I guess he needs to throw a shoe or something 😉