The Los Angeles Lakers are riding high, enjoying a two-game winning streak after dropping 10 in a row and flirting with a new franchise-worst streak. The Kobe Bryant farewell tour kicks into high gear when they visit the San Antonio Spurs, with each road game left being his last in opposing arenas. Video coordinators across the NBA will have to kick it into high gear to craft their very won goodbye Kobe videos, which are the death and taxes of Bryant's goodbye to the NBA.
Rightfully so, of course. Kobe's season started off incredibly rocky, went into a bit of a lull as he , and is now in something of an upswing that's helped the Lakers break out of their losing ways. Kobe's playing better ball, enjoying a bit of a renaissance heading into All-Star weekend. Head coach Byron Scott credited a lighter workload for his improvements, and over the last 10 (played) games Bryant's averaging 26.2 minutes per game, sitting out two of the last 12 Lakers games.
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Matt Bonner are all scratches for the Spurs, leaving them shorthanded in the second game of a back-to-back. This could open the window for the Lakers to roll into their second three-game winning streak of the season, with only two games left following their dnace in San Antonio before they hit the break and trade deadline. For those hoping to see one last Kobe-Duncan duel, the Spurs visit Los Angeles on Feb. 19 to close out their season series.
It's Super Spurs Saturday for the Lakers, who are off for the big game Sunday before heading up to Indiana to face the Pacers Monday evening. Enjoy the game!
Time: 5:30 p.m. PT
TV: TWCSN, KENS