The Los Angeles Lakers losing streak extended to three in a 93-80 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio showed off their all-around excellence. Their highest scorer had just 14 points (Cory Joseph). Five Spurs ended the night in double-digit scoring. The Lakers, on the other hand, showed their all-around issues. Most notably at head coach and with wing depth.
Kobe Bryant played 36 minutes, looking exhausted nearly all the way through. This isn't a new development, but it's really starting to show negative effects and Byron Scott's insistence in leaving Kobe in during a blowout late in the fourth quarter was bothersome. Kobe shot a career-worst 1-of-14 and finished with nine points, and his first (and only) field goal didn't come until the final frame. The Lakers were down 18 with 10 minutes left, yet Kobe was still in the game.
Scott finally sat him at the 6:51 mark, but the minutes were already stacked. It's only fitting that this minutes debacle came against Gregg Popovich and his always-resting Spurs. The lack of minute-management and rotation issues with Kobe are a glaring issue that need to be addressed.
Elsewhere, Carlos Boozer had a solid 8-for-13 night while pulling in eight rebounds. Jordan Hill put up 12 shots, making just four of his attempts. Hill did finish with a double-double, also grabbing 11 rebounds.
The Lakers are off until Sunday, when the Golden State Warriors hit Hollywood. Try to get some rest between now and then, Kobe. That'll probably be another long night.