Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:51 am

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:30 PM PDT
Staples Center • Los Angeles, CA

Referees: Derrick Stafford (#9), Tre Maddox (#73), Josh Tiven (#58)

Replay Center: Pat Fraher, Aaron Smith

Line: Spurs -6

National TV: ESPN Local TV: Spectrum SportsNet

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GAME PREVIEW: SPURS AT LAKERS


by NBA.com

The door has closed on the remaining chances of another 50-win season for the San Antonio Spurs. Third place in the Western Conference seems out of reach as well.

The Spurs will try to regroup Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers back at Staples Center, the same arena where they watched their last chance at extending their two-decade old streak of 50-win seasons come to a halt the night before.

The Spurs (45-33) led by 19 points in the first half against the Clippers, a team fighting just to make the playoffs. San Antonio saw that lead disappear in the third quarter but rallied back to take an 11-point advantage into the fourth before giving up 41 points in the 113-110 loss.

"Our lack of discipline really hurt us," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich told reporters after the game.

San Antonio also missed a chance to move within two games of the Portland Trail Blazers for third place in the West. The Trail Blazers had lost to the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the evening, and the Spurs host Portland on Saturday, with the winner holding the tiebreaker.

But now three games back of the Trail Blazers with four games left for each, the Spurs need to turn their attention to holding off the Utah Jazz, who are tied with the Spurs and own the tiebreaker for fourth place. The Oklahoma City Thunder are only a half-game back in sixth, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are a game back in seventh.

Just outside the playoff bubble are the ninth-place Denver Nuggets, and they're only two games behind the Spurs.

Extending their string of 50 wins seasons to 19 didn't seem a possibility three weeks ago. The Spurs went 3-11 from Feb. 1 to March 12 but bounced back to win eight of 10 before losing Tuesday night, their sixth consecutive road loss.

The Lakers (33-44) are already guaranteed to have their most wins since going 45-37 in the 2012-13 season, but they've lost the momentum built in January and February.

After two stretches in which they won eight of 10 games, injuries have mounted and Los Angeles is 2-8 since March 14.

They experienced their latest defeat Tuesday night at the Utah Jazz, giving up a combined 56 points to starting guards Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell.

Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will likely miss his fourth straight game with a left knee bruise. It would be the 26th game overall he's missed in his rookie season due to injury. Ball is averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 assists and 6.9 rebounds.

Lakers coach Luke Walton told reporters it's possible Ball could be done for the season.

"With six games left, we're not going to put him back out there when his knee's hurting like that," Walton said. "Wait until he's all the way healthy -- if that happens."

Brandon Ingram did not accompany the Lakers to Utah for their game against the Jazz because he was still in the NBA concussion protocol. Ingram, second on the team in scoring at 16.1 points, sustained the injury Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks. It was Ingram's first game back after missing 12 games with a groin injury.

On the positive side, Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shot 5 for 9 from 3-point range and scored 26 points against the Jazz after coming in 3 for 23 from long range in his previous four games.


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http://www.nba.com/games/20180404/SASLAL#/matchup
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Re: Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:05 am

I smell an upset coming. Go Lakers! Spurs are on their way down in reality (FINALLY) and may even lose Leonard in the offseason.
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Re: Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:04 am

Spurs looked sharp early vs. The PaperClips last night. Crazy to see Ginobli and Parker still out there balling! Yeah, let's put an old-fashioned whooping on these old foes!
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Re: Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:44 pm

lakerevolution wrote:Spurs looked sharp early vs. The PaperClips last night. Crazy to see Ginobli and Parker still out there balling! Yeah, let's put an old-fashioned whooping on these old foes!


If Leonard doesn't play, I don't see them getting out of the 1st Round.
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Re: Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:00 pm



I was hoping for a more enjoyable finish to this otherwise exciting season.
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Re: Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:30 pm

KobeMVP888 wrote:

I was hoping for a more enjoyable finish to this otherwise exciting season.


I have enjoyed the season as a whole. We are clearly getting better as a team compared to the last few seasons. I am ok with Lonzo being out, the knee is nothing to mess around with.
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Re: Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:59 pm

Kuzma with the Kareem hook! Lakers lead by 5 in OT
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Re: Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:08 pm

Lakers win! I called it. Another nail in the Spurs coffin. 34-44 on the season, 8 more wins than last season. Only 4 more games left folks.
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Re: Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:18 pm

Lonzo is expecting. Guess he had morning sickness. Glad the Horse Abusers dropped one to us!
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Re: Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:18 pm

What a great effort and great game! Tyler Ennis and Channing Frye with some great stuff off the bench. These guys have bought in and have established an identity. I'm not sure sure that I wouldn't want young KCP to grow with this group and forgo Paul George and maybe sign a guy like DeAndre Jordan instead, while locking Randle in on a long term deal. Just spitballin' here, but there's a whole helluva lot to like about this young team. Even Ivica Zubac put the clamps on LaMarcus Aldridge who did his 4th quarter disappearing act. And how about Kuz!!! Never mind the 30 points, but how sweet is that Sky Hook? Other than Kobe, I can't think of another player who has even TRIED to master that beautiful shot.
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Re: Game 78: 04/04/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:27 am

KobeMVP888 wrote:What a great effort and great game! Tyler Ennis and Channing Frye with some great stuff off the bench. These guys have bought in and have established an identity. I'm not sure sure that I wouldn't want young KCP to grow with this group and forgo Paul George and maybe sign a guy like DeAndre Jordan instead, while locking Randle in on a long term deal. Just spitballin' here, but there's a whole helluva lot to like about this young team. Even Ivica Zubac put the clamps on LaMarcus Aldridge who did his 4th quarter disappearing act. And how about Kuz!!! Never mind the 30 points, but how sweet is that Sky Hook? Other than Kobe, I can't think of another player who has even TRIED to master that beautiful shot.


Is it just me or are you and everyone else excited about next season already? We actually have a team again that is fun to watch and one that is competitive. Man I cant wait to see how Magic and Rob handle this summer. Regarding Kuz's Skyhook, man was that a thing of beauty. It looked just like Kareem!
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