Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:41 am

(11-13) SPURS at LAKERS (14-9)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:30 PM PDT
Staples Center • Los Angeles, CA

Referees: Eric Lewis (#42), Josh Tiven (#58), Ray Acosta (#54)

Replay Center: Bennie Adams, Scott Foster, Jacyn Goble, Jonathan Sterling

Line: Lakers -8

Local TV: Spectrum SportsNet National TV: ESPN

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GAME PREVIEW: SPURS AT LAKERS


by NBA.com

After tightening up on the defensive end in recent games, the Los Angeles Lakers will try to clamp down on the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

The Lakers (14-9) are allowing an average of 111 points per game, but they've given up fewer in seven of the past eight games while going 6-2.

"Defensively we've been in tune," Lakers forward LeBron James told reporters after practice Tuesday. "This is what we preach around here every day, so it has to be sustainable. It needs to become the norm, and it is the norm for us now."

San Antonio (11-13) is coming off a 139-105 loss at the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, spoiling its chance to win two in a row for the first time in a month.

DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge, the top two scorers for San Antonio, were replaced with 8:07 left in the third quarter and didn't return. They'll try to keep San Antonio from dropping three games under .500 for the first time this season.

DeRozan, a Los Angeles-area native, is averaging 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in two games against the Lakers this season, both wins. The Lakers did not have third-leading scorer Brandon Ingram in either game, however. Ingram was suspended four games for his involvement in a fight against the visiting Houston Rockets on Oct. 20.

The Lakers and Spurs met two days later at Staples Center and San Antonio won 143-142 in overtime. Los Angeles rallied from an eight-point deficit with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter, and the Spurs began erasing a six-point deficit with 51 seconds left in overtime.

Ingram was serving the final game of his suspension when Los Angeles traveled to San Antonio and lost 110-106 on Oct. 27.

San Antonio small forward Davis Bertans replaced Dante Cunningham in the starting lineup the past two games, and the 6-10 third-year player from Latvia has combined to shoot 4-for-7 for 3-point range in the two starts and score 18 points.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters before the game that he likes how Bertans' size and 3-point shooting ability can open gaps in the floor for DeRozan and Aldridge, who do most of their scoring from inside the 3-point line.

"You have to have a spread floor these days," he said. "It's the way it is."

Bertans had started two other games this season, including the win against the Lakers on Oct. 27.

The Lakers still have plenty of areas they're looking to improve. One is their turnover rate. They're averaging the fourth-most turnovers in the league (15.7), and have committed at least 15 in six of the past seven games.

"We've just got to be more careful with the ball, that's all," James said. "Sometimes, you're going to have turnovers where you're actually trying to make the right play. Sometimes, you can make turnovers by being too unselfish, and then you have some of them that are just careless and unforced. It's a combination of a lot of things, but I love where we're at."


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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:49 am

A great test to see where this team's head is at. Young Luke vs. Jedi Master Pop. The Spurs will be playing their absolute best, and DeRozan will need to be slowed by whatever combination of defenders we can throw at him. Same for Aldridge. Two players I wanted to see in Purp and Gold - this will be a war on the court and a chess match on the sidelines for both coaching staffs. Gonna have to sit down and watch this one! Goooo Lakers!!!
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:16 am

lakerevolution wrote:A great test to see where this team's head is at. Young Luke vs. Jedi Master Pop. The Spurs will be playing their absolute best, and DeRozan will need to be slowed by whatever combination of defenders we can throw at him. Same for Aldridge. Two players I wanted to see in Purp and Gold - this will be a war on the court and a chess match on the sidelines for both coaching staffs. Gonna have to sit down and watch this one! Goooo Lakers!!!


Somehow, we swept last season's series and the Spurs have taken the first two from us this season. We were without Ingram for both of those losses (and without Rondo for the first one, but we'll be without him again). The Spurs have played like shit for the most part lately, so I expect this to be an ugly game with both teams focusing on defense. We're rested and they're on the back end of a back-to-back, their third game in four nights, not that it usually matters.
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:49 pm

Mark Jackson got on my nerves quickly. Billy Mac and Stu for me tonight!
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Nycitylaker » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:15 pm

Pop teams always a thorn in our side. But strong finish to the quarter. Hope BI is ok.
Quick question. What if a player is fouled on a continuation but the clock expires before release? No point is my guess. But it seems the shooter earned an “and one”. Thoughts?
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:22 pm

Very balanced scoring early and Ball asserting his passive-aggressive side a little more. These Horse Abusers don't want none. GO GET EM LAKERS!!!
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:26 pm

KobeMVP888 wrote:Mark Jackson got on my nerves quickly. Billy Mac and Stu for me tonight!


He was so enjoyable before his stint with the Dubs. Now he's like an old fart that keeps lingering in the air. :brainfart:
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:29 pm

Nycitylaker wrote:Pop teams always a thorn in our side. But strong finish to the quarter. Hope BI is ok.
Quick question. What if a player is fouled on a continuation but the clock expires before release? No point is my guess. But it seems the shooter earned an “and one”. Thoughts?


Would be rare, but I'd think the foul shots would be given before the next quarter/half resumes.
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:47 pm

50-45 at the Half, Lakers lead. A win here would put us 15-9. Not too shabby folks. The Spurs look like a washed up team this season. I know they have beat us twice but I think we get this one tonight.
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Nycitylaker » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:50 pm

lakerevolution wrote:
Nycitylaker wrote:Pop teams always a thorn in our side. But strong finish to the quarter. Hope BI is ok.
Quick question. What if a player is fouled on a continuation but the clock expires before release? No point is my guess. But it seems the shooter earned an “and one”. Thoughts?


Would be rare, but I'd think the foul shots would be given before the next quarter/half resumes.


Just checked the ruling. The clock stops when the ref signals the call. So continuation is given and time added to clock based on when the foul was called.
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:25 pm

Down now, 82-78 Spurs after the 3rd Qtr. We should win this game damn it! Rudy Gay is having a crazy Great night for them. I so wish Paul George would've signed with us, he would've been the perfect Robin to LeBron and would be shutting Gay down. George had 47 Points and 15 Rebounds tonight and his opposing player that he guarded all night scored 2 Points - just seen the highlights. OKC looks dangerous this year, and just won another. Getting rid of Melo was the best the thing they did by far.
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:44 pm

Must be throwback Pride Night, because Gay is getting everything he wants. :Bartmoon:
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Lakers4Life » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:49 pm

We finally climbed back and take a 1 point lead!!
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Lakers4Life » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:50 pm

LEBRON MAKES A THR333 pointer!!!!!!
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Re: Game 24: 12/05/18 Spurs at Lakers GAME THREAD

Postby Lakers4Life » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:51 pm

Sh1t we’re tied
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