|Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 2 - SAS Leads 1-0|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+3.4||3-2||2-3||100.0||48.4||44.2%||57.6||98.8||52.8||41.8%||50.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||101.9||51.6||37-81||45.8%||9-24||35.4%||19-28||69.2%||55||11||22||18||7||15||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.4||49.5||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||101.3||50.5||36-81||44.9%||9-25||35.1%||20-28||71.7%||53||11||20||18||7||15||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.9||51.9||40-88||45.2%||7-21||35.6%||14-20||73.3%||51||12||23||23||9||12||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.7||49.6||37-82||45.5%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.8%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||104.4||54.1||41-88||46.3%||8-21||38.3%||15-21||74.1%||52||12||23||23||8||13||5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-5.6||1-4||3-2||97.2||53.2||43.2%||50.4||99.0||48.0||44.4%||54.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||102.9||51.3||39-81||48.0%||8-22||37.5%||17-21||79.1%||49||8||25||17||9||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.5||49.6||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.4%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||104.3||53.9||40-81||49.4%||8-21||38.3%||16-21||79.5%||49||8||26||17||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||96.4||47.3||37-85||44.2%||6-18||35.2%||15-20||75.9%||50||11||21||19||8||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.6||49.6||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-23||75.3%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||94.0||47.5||37-84||43.9%||6-18||35.4%||14-19||74.8%||48||10||21||19||9||15||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 96.1, SAN ANTONIO 96.2|
|3/25/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||103-109||L||1||L||205.5||O||36-91||39.6%||60||9||43-90||47.8%||59||11|
|4/7/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||95-109||L||4.5||L||199||O||33-76||43.4%||42||11||42-84||50.0%||55||10|
|4/21/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||79-91||L||9||L||191||U||30-73||41.1%||55||18||32-85||37.6%||54||9|
|4/24/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/26/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/28/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/4/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||88-100||L||7.5||L||201||U||33-83||39.8%||47||10||38-82||46.3%||51||12|
|4/14/2013||@ LA LAKERS||86-91||L||-3.5||L||193||U||33-89||37.1%||57||8||31-85||36.5%||69||14|
|4/15/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||106-116||L||7||L||199||O||45-98||45.9%||45||15||46-85||54.1%||55||21|
|4/24/2013||LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/26/2013||@ LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/28/2013||@ LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|LA LAKERS: GUARDS: Coach Mike Brown will reportedly turn the offensive gameplan over to STEVE NASH, but it's tough to picture a smooth transition after so many years of iso-heavy play in L.A. Don't be surprised if Nash has a tough adjustment . . . KOBE BRYANT will also have to learn to play with the ball out of his hands more often. He still figures to force some hold-and-wait basketball when he can . . . STEVE BLAKE will be in the old Derek Fisher role, coming off the bench to shoot corner threes . . . CHRIS DUHON and DARIUS MORRIS will battle for that No. 3 point guard spot . . . JODIE MEEKS will back up Bryant and provide some long-range shooting off the bench . . . The young guys, ANDREW GOUDELOCK and second-rounder DARIUS JOHNSON-ODOM, will bounce between the bench and the D-League. FORWARDS: If L.A. redesigns their offense to fit Nash, PAU GASOL should thrive. He's adjusted his game to fit with Kobe's iso play, but Gasol can make the passes and cuts to create quick buckets in a Euro-style offense . . . METTA WORLD PEACE looked done early last season but rebounded for a solid second half. He's a distant fifth option on offense, but can still defend . . . ANTAWN JAMISON will likely fill a sixth-man role. His skill set is too narrow to play a lot of minutes with the starters . . . JORDAN HILL is in the rotation. He did a nice job rebounding and clearing out space last year . . . DEVIN EBANKS figures to be bumped out of the rotation by Jamison. CENTERS: DWIGHT HOWARD's back remains a bit of a concern, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit out a handful of regular season games. But when he plays, he'll put up the same kind of monster production that he had in Orlando . . . ROBERT SACRE will be lucky to make the roster.|
|SAN ANTONIO: GUARDS: TONY PARKER played at an MVP level last year. His eye injury is obviously not an issue, and he was constantly getting on coach Gregg Popovich to let him finish meaningless games last year. There's no reason he can't repeat last year's performance . . . MANU GINOBILI dealt with a series of nagging injuries last year, and it's clear the team will have to monitor his regular-season workload . . . GARY NEAL provides solid minutes in this rotation, mostly at the point, and is able to consistently knock down threes . . . DANNY GREEN's rotation spot is in a bit of peril. He was too much of an offensive liability in last year's Western Conference Finals . . . NANDO de COLO is a combo guard who can provide instant offense off the bench. He can shoot it and does a nice job getting to the line . . . PATTY MILLS steps in as another viable option in this loaded backcourt . . . CORY JOSEPH's roster spot is in jeopardy after a middling D-League season. FORWARDS: TIM DUNCAN will continue to save it up for the playoffs. He still has plenty left in the tank, but he'll get tons of rest in March and April and more and more often defers to Tony Parker on offense when he does play . . . There's plenty to like about KAWHI LEONARD, who proved to be useful on both ends of the court last season. He'll be asked to be a little more aggressive offensively this year and should even have a couple of sets designed for him . . . STEPHEN JACKSON was a bit of a disaster in Milwaukee before landing with the Spurs last year. He's another veteran who will be paced during the regular season. And while he's been a facilitator in the past, he's really just a catch-and-shoot guy in San Antonio . . . MATT BONNER will continue to come off the bench and hoist some threes. CENTERS: BORIS DIAW's pick-and-pop ability makes him Popovich's top choice in the center rotation . . . TIAGO SPLITTER looks to be a career second-unit guy. He works hard and can defend, but he's just too clunky on the offensive end . . . DeJUAN BLAIR can pick up some cheap baskets, but his lack of offensive skills and defensive size makes him a fringe rotation player.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW (LA LAKERS-SAN ANTONIO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos.)
*Lakers-Spurs Preview* ======================
By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press
La Lakers At San Antonio, Game Two, 9:30 p.m. EDT
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers have battled injuries, turmoil and lofty expectations under a heavy spotlight all season, so excuse them if they roll their eyes over the attention given to Kobe Bryant's tweets.
Bryant tweeted throughout the Lakers' loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Bryant, out for the season with a torn Achilles, critiqued his team's offense on his Twitter account while watching the national broadcast Sunday afternoon.
Bryant will no longer tweet during games, saying he doesn't want to be a distraction - but was he?
"Absolutely not. I'm a distraction," Metta World Peace said. "I'm much more of a distraction than Kobe is."
World Peace's eccentricities aside, the Lakers have much more to worry about entering Game 2 on Wednesday night.
"Our concern is with the Spurs and what we have to do to get a win tomorrow," Dwight Howard said.
Los Angeles entered the playoffs having won five straight, averaging 105 points in that streak, but had its third-lowest point total of the season in the 91-79 loss in the opener.
The Lakers shot 41 percent (30-for-73), including 3-for-15 from 3-point range. Howard and Paul Gasol combined to go 13-for-25, while guards Steve Nash and Steve Blake were 11-for-28.
"We've got to make shots," Howard said. "We have to make shots. We got some good looks. Both of the Steves had some good looks; I think they will knock down those shots in this game."
The Lakers spent their two off-days following Game 1 working on their offense. Bryant's injury April 12 forced Los Angeles to change the playbook on the fly from a perimeter-based set to one that features Howard down low.
"We cleaned up our offense, how to the get the ball inside-out," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We added some new wrinkles, and defensively, be sure to go over the stuff that didn't work and the stuff that might come up."
Los Angeles limited San Antonio to 38-percent shooting, but the Spurs attempted 12 more shots and had nine turnovers compared to 18 for Los Angeles.
Manu Ginobili had 18 points in 19 minutes in his second game after missing nine straight with a strained right hamstring. Ginobili scored eight straight points to close the third quarter, helping the Spurs take a 70-57 lead.
D'Antoni said the Lakers don't have any secrets to stopping Ginobili.
"I don't think anybody has come up with it yet," D'Antoni said. "We're not going to invent it over the last two days. He's just a big-game time player, always has been, that's been his M.O. since I've known him in Italy. Just have to work it. He's like Parker and Duncan, there is no real defense, there's containment, try to hope he doesn't kill you with a timely 3 and all that. Again he did all that, we scored 80-something points."
Tony Parker also had 18 points, but was 8-for-21 as he struggled to finish under the basket. Parker said he is not fully recovered after battling a sore neck, ankle and shin in the final month of the season, but is getting healthier every day.
"I don't know if we change things (offensively in light of Parker's injury), but you look for other people to help us out scoring wise probably," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Because there are some things Tony is not yet confident with, movement wise, but he's getting better every game, every day and he's much closer to being whole. So I don't think he's going to have a problem as far competing and playing the way we're used to seeing him most of the season."
The Lakers can empathize.
A season that began with the promise of a 17th NBA title following a trade for Howard has devolved with the firing of Mike Brown and injuries to Howard, Gasol, World Peace and Nash. Nash missed Los Angeles' final nine games of the regular season with a hamstring/hip injury and World Peace returned a week after undergoing surgery for a lateral meniscus tear in early April.
"Doesn't matter, pain, no pain, doesn't matter at this point, you go," World Peace said. "That's what it's about - going, that's it. The moment you say I'm playing through pain or playing with some discomfort or I'm not ready or not in rhythm that's an excuse, it's a way out. There's not going to be an easy route trying to reach the goals that we want to reach."
Gasol, who tore his planar fascia, struggled offensively in Game 1. Bryant tweeted the best way to get Gasol on track was to "Post. Post. Post."
Bryant's commentary drew a rolling of the eyes from D'Antoni following Game 1. The coach later added he didn't mind Bryant's tweets, saying the Lakers guard is now "a fan," which drew an "Lol" from Bryant.
"That was a great joke," World Peace said of D'Antoni's "fan" comment. "Mike D'Antoni is slick, boy. That was awesome. Kobe was awesome at tweeting at coach's decisions on the court and coach messaged him back through the media. That's what it's all about."
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 9:10:35 AM EST|