As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to search for normalcy in the midst of tragedy, they’ll see a team that consistently gives them their best on Tuesday night: The San Antonio Spurs.
The Lakers have beaten the Spurs twice this season, and by a pretty comfortable margin in both games. But a win against San Antonio is never guaranteed, even if the rosters seem imbalanced. Just ask the Clippers, who needed the full 48 minutes to overcome the Spurs last night.
As long as Gregg Popovich is on the sidelines, the Spurs will have a fighting chance. That being said, the Lakers should feel confident going into Tuesday night’s game.
As well-coached as the Spurs are, there’s only so much they can do to combat the sheer star power the Lakers bring to the table with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. James has given the Spurs an especially hard time this season, averaging 27 points, 13.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds through two games.
There’s just something about James and teams with DeMar DeRozan, eh?
What it actually boils down to is that the Spurs have really talented perimeter defenders, but James’ strength and skill is the perfect counter to that, and that’s especially true now that he can hit the 3-ball. Thanks, Pop.
We’ll see if James can keep rolling on Tuesday, and help the Lakers sweep the season series against San Antonio. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m on TNT nationally, and Spectrum SportsNet locally.
Notes and updates
- Alex Caruso (neck soreness) and Anthony Davis (right shoulder soreness) have been listed as probable for Tuesday’s game. Both of them played against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.
- The Lakers trail the Spurs in the all-time season series 84-89.
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