March 14, 2014 |
The San Antonio Spurs have survived injuries to Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green to climb to an NBA-best 48-16. The Lakers have not been able to stay afloat with their long list of injuries, with recent word that Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash are done for the season with a combined 16 games played. After a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder (48-17) on Thursday, the Lakers will have a difficult challenge in San Antonio on the second night of a back-to-back.
April 18, 2012 |
ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin has a must-read Q&A with Lakers executive Jim Buss on a wide range of topics , including how his relationship with Kobe Bryant has improved, how the new collective bargaining agreement severely hurts the Lakers, and more. Game stories -- The Times' Ben Bolch examines how different the Lakers looked in their split series against the Spurs. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding says the Lakers looked too predictable without Kobe Bryant in the lineup.
February 23, 2013 |
The San Antonio Spurs gathered at their training facility last fall to watch a film showcasing their playoff defense. It could have been titled: "I Know What You Didn't Do Last Summer. " They were mostly flat-footed as Russell Westbrook sped past them for layups and Kevin Durant elevated for jumpers and James Harden made the late three-pointer that ultimately swung the Western Conference finals toward the Oklahoma City Thunder. Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich forced his players to view their Game 5 defeat in that series in its entirety, a 108-point presentation on botched defensive rotations and missed help opportunities.
January 9, 2013 |
Spurs 108 - Lakers 105 (end of regulation) The Spurs gave the Lakers almost every opportunity in the fourth quarter, as the Lakers stormed back within three-points with 54 seconds left in the game. Manu Ginobili hit a three pointer 11 seconds later, which seemed like the dagger. Instead, Earl Clark, with his best game as a Laker (and as a pro) hit a three with 31.7 seconds left on the clock. Tony Parker then turned the ball over with 10.4 seconds left, giving the Lakers an opportunity to tie the game at 108, but Kobe Bryant missed a contested three-pointer.
April 26, 2013 |
Spurs 120, Lakers 89 (final) The San Antonio Spurs dominated the Lakers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff matchup to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 120-89 victory on Friday night at Staples Center. The Lakers couldn't overcome injuries to Steve Nash (hamstring/hip), Steve Blake (hamstring), Jodie Meeks (high-ankle sprain) and Kobe Bryant (Achilles). The starting backcourt of Darius Morris (24 points) and Andrew Goudelock (20) was strong offensively but the Lakers had no answer on defense for San Antonio.
April 20, 2013 |
Even without Kobe Bryant, it's the most compelling first-round series. Everybody loves an underdog, but everybody seems to hate the free-spending Lakers, so whom does America root for in this one? The vanilla-flavored San Antonio Spurs or the Blake Mambas? The team that does everything adored by basketball purists or the guys who do nothing enjoyed by traditionalists? The team with a dinged-up Tony Parker or the team with a messed-up Steve Nash? They appear to be evenly matched on paper, their final combined scores through three games standing at 278-278.
February 20, 2012
Tony Parker scored 23 points and Matt Bonner hit five three-point shots and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz, 106-102, Monday night in Salt Lake City for their 11th consecutive victory. Richard Jefferson's three-pointer with 6.5 seconds left sealed the victory for the Spurs, who have not lost on the road since Jan. 29 in Dallas. San Antonio is 7-0 on a nine-game trip. Al Jefferson had 20 points and Paul Millsap 16 for Utah, which fell below .500 for the first time since Jan. 2. The Spurs kept the NBA's longest win streak alive despite injuries to Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter, both expected to miss two weeks.
April 17, 2012 |
Some things to watch when the Lakers (39-22) host the San Antonio Spurs (43-16) Tuesday at Staples Center. 1. Look for the Spurs to approach their rematch differently . The Lakers are anticipating that San Antonio will punch back hard after losing in double-digits to the purple & gold without Kobe Bryant. They were given an easy victory Monday against Golden State, who appeared trying to tank to pick up some lottery balls. Although the Spurs aren't killing themselves over securing the West's No. 1 seed, they likely see the value in not giving the Lakers too much confidence they can handle them in a playoff series.
May 18, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - Surprise, surprise, the Lakers made it to the Western Conference finals. Not really. But they did get repeatedly name-dropped Saturday by the San Antonio Spurs, which made sense considering the frontcourt duo the Spurs face in this round of the playoffs somewhat resembles the Lakers' tandem they quickly dispatched in the first round. Even one of the last names is the same. Instead of Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard, the Spurs must contend with the Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph starting Sunday afternoon in Game 1 of the conference finals at AT&T Center.
June 12, 2013 |
1. LeBron James is human. The Miami superstar missed 11 of his first 13 shots on the way to 15 points during the Heat's 113-77 beatdown in Game 3 of the Finals, hardly resembling the player who has had a season for the ages. James made only seven of 21 shots, including one of five from three-point range. Credit Kawhi Leonard's defense and blame James for stumbling badly on basketball's biggest stage. To put James' series-long struggles in perspective, San Antonio's Danny Green has scored six more points in the first three games of the Finals than James has. That's the same Green who was cut by the Cleveland Cavaliers after being a teammate of James'.