Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs
6:30 PM Pacific time / 9 :30 PM Eastern Time
AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes (Los Angeles), KENS5 (San Antonio) National: ESPN
Line: Los Angeles Lakers +13
Los Angeles Lakers: 6-16, 14th in the Western Conference
San Antonio Spurs: 16-6, 6th in the Western Conference
Record vs. each other (2013-14 season): Lakers were 1-3 versus the Spurs last season and 0-1 this season.
Out: Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg), Ryan Kelly (Hamstring), Xavier Henry (Achilles)
Probable: Tony Parker (hamstring), Kawhi Leonard (hand)
*injury updates via Rotoworld.com
- Kobe Bryant comes into Friday’s match-up against the San Antonio Spurs with 32,262 career points which currently ranks him 4th on the NBA’s All-Time scoring list which is 30 points behind Micheal Jordan.
- Bryant has played 56 regular season games against the Spurs and has an average of 24.1 points per game against them.
- Byrant is currently averaging 25.5 points per game which ranks him 2nd in the NBA in scoring behind James Harden.
- It is very likely that Bryant catches and surpasses Jordan on the scoring list today with the game being in front of his contemporary Tim Duncan and that it’s a nationally televised game (ESPN.)
- “I’m looking forward to this one,” Kobe Bryant said to reporters about his match-up with the Spurs. “San Antonio, that’s the blueprint of how to play, in terms of how to scheme together, how they move the ball. Everybody understands their purpose and they do it really well.”
- The Lakers are coming off a win which is a rarity this year; however, they had to forge a comeback in the 4th to an average Kings team that was without its star big man, DeMarcus Cousins.
- In the first game versus the Spurs, Bryant was off like never before from the field, shooting 1 for 14 from the field and finishing with 9 points. The Lakers lost to the Spurs, 93-80 on November 14, 2014.
- Early results on the new starting line-up are what many expected with the removal of offensive players Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer and replacing them with primarily defensive players in Ronnie Price and Ed Davis.
- The Lakers’ offense has struggled since the line-up changes; they’re scoring just 92.5 ppg and shooting 39.8 percent from the field which are both well below their season averages of 102.3 ppg and 44 percent.
- Where the Lakers have improved is on the defensive side; they are giving up 99.5 ppg to their opponents in the last 2 games which is almost an 11 point improvement from their season average of 110.1 points to their opponents.
- Byron Scott will need to continue tweaking with the line-up in order to get the right mix of players that can impact the offensive and defensive end of the floor.