The Los Angeles Lakers are riding high on a two game winning streak, hosting a completely banged-and-bruised San Antonio Spurs team Thursday. Rudy Gay, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker could all be out for this one, creating a prime opportunity for the Lakers to make it three wins in a row.
Green has missed the last four games with tightness in his left groin and it remains “unclear” if he will be ready to suit up. Tony Parker is dealing with a right ankle sprain and remains doubtful. The Lakers, meanwhile, are full strength for the first time in a long time.
There’s no such thing as an easy game against the Spurs, of course. Brook Lopez and Julius Randle will have their hands full keying-in on LaMarcus Aldridge, but the lack of a supporting cast around should allow the Lakers to focus on keeping Aldridge out of his comfort zone.
The Lakers are starting to find a similar groove to what they were in earlier in the season, before the entire train went off the rails. A five-game homestand can do that for any team, and it’d be nice to see the purple and gold take advantage of the Spurs’ less-than-ideal situation to cap off defending home with a win.
They’ll head out for a three-game road trip once the final buzzer sounds off, traveling to Dallas to face the Mavericks on Saturday. Taking care of business at home one more time would be a nice way to solidify the positive momentum and vibes that are starting to show.
Enjoy the game!
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT