In one of the quirkiest aspects of the schedule for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, they will once again play their second straight game against the San Antonio Spurs This will be the final meeting between the two teams, which might be a good thing, considering how hotly contested all three matchups have been.
The Lakers will be without Brandon Ingram for the next two games, and it remains to be seen whether Rajon Rondo will be available. This would leave only LeBron James and Lonzo Ball as primary creators on the roster, which might explain why they just called up Isaac Bonga from the South Bay Lakers — though circumstances would have to get pretty extreme for him to get minutes given how little time he’s been around the team.
Luke Walton said he was going to stagger minutes between Ball and James so as to keep one of them on the court at all times. This is the right thing to do. If it doesn’t work out or one of those guys gets into foul trouble, Walton said he could use Lance Stephenson or Svi Mykhailiuk to bring the ball up the court.
Please, LeBron and Lonzo, for the love of all that is good in this cold, cruel world, please stay out of foul trouble so we don’t have to see that come to fruition. Thanks in advance.
San Antonio has mostly struggled this season, but against the Lakers and given how the last game went, no one should count them out. Gregg Popovich hates the Lakers (as evidenced by his short remarks after Wednesday’s game), so the team would be foolish to look past this game in normal circumstances, let alone with a potentially depleted roster.
Tip-off for the game will be 5:30 PST and will be televised by Spectrum SportsNet.