Game #49 Preview: Spurs @ Lakers - MIB look to de-fang Mamba

Tuesday the Blazers young big man - LaMarcus Aldridge - dominated the Spurs interior and on occasion, mid-range as well. Lakers are known for their athletic bigs, Gasol, Bynum and Odom. Considering the Spurs defeated the Lakers earlier in the season 97-82, then the loss to the Blazers is arguably a fluke.

The Silver and Black look to rebound from their beginning loss as the Rodeo Trip continues - this time traveling to Los Angeles to take on our biggest rivals - the Lakers. Just stir up some of that rivalry, let's take a jog down memory lane.

Last in the game in The Forum - Spurs defeat Lakers 118-107 and sweep LA in the 99' playoffs

Spurs win 1999 Championship!

"That's what I'm talking about 5-0"

No, it's not the playoffs - but every time the Silver and Black play the Purple and Gold, there will be fireworks.

Lakers sweep Spurs 2001

2002 Lakers d. Spurs in 5

2003 Spurs take Lakers in 6

2004 - .4 - ugh

2008 Western Finals - Lakers take Spurs in 5

This season.............


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San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Lakers
Where: Staples Center

When: 2/3/2011, 9:30pm Spurs Time - Timezone Converter
Watch: TNT


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By the Numbers

Data sources:
hoopdata.com | basketball-reference.com | John Hollinger's team stats

Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 109.1
(3rd)
100.6
(7th)
Rebound %
25.45
(18th)
75.21
(8th)
Field Goal % 47
(5th)
45.1
(t-12th)
3-Point % 39
(3rd)
39.6
(29th)
Free Throw %
77.5
(11th)
78.4
Free Throw Rate
31.3
(t-9th)
24.1
(1st)
Turnover %
12.9
(7th)
13.32
(15th)
Assist %
60.71
(7th)
53.79
(3rd)
Category Offense
(rank)
Defense
(rank)
Efficiency Rating 109.5
(t-1st)
101.6
(8th)
Rebound %
29.73
(5th)
72.88
(21st)
Field Goal % 47.2
(3rd)
43.7
(3rd)
3-Point % 36.7
(11th)
34
(5th)
Free Throw %
78.4
(t-8th)
77.5
Free Throw Rate
29.5
(t-18th)
24.4
(2nd)
Turnover %
12.82
(4th)
12.79
(23rd)
Assist %
57.68
(15th)
61.17
(27th)
Record Wins Losses
Overall 40 8
Conference 27 5
Division 7 3
Opponent’s Division 8 1
Home 25 2
Away 15 6
Position Conference Division
Record 1st 1st
Lineups

Starters MPG
PG: Tony Parker 32.9
SG: Manu Ginobili 31.5
SF: Richard Jefferson 31.3
PF: DeJuan Blair 20.7
C: Tim Duncan 29.3

Key Bench Players
George Hill 28
Gary Neal 19.4
Antonio McDyess 17.5

Record Wins Losses
Overall 34 15
Conference 19 10
Division 8 3
Opponent’s Division 5 5
Home 19 7
Away 15 8
Position Conference Division
Record 2nd 1st
Lineups

Starters MPG
PG: Derek Fisher 27.1
SG: Kobe Bryant 33.1
SF: Ron Artest 28
PF: Pau Gasol 37.3
C: Andrew Bynum 24.3

Key Bench Players
Lamar Odom 33.6
Matt Barnes 20.8
Shannon Brown 18.7
Steve Blake 19.7

Matchup Analysis

Point Guard
Shooting Guard
Small Forward
Power Forward
Center

Bench
Coach
Intangibles
Mojo
Winner

Starters

PG: Parker needs to dominate Fisher. Tony needs to have a big game and lead the team in the paint. Fisher has slowed down but is still wily.

SG: Manu versus Kobe. Two future Hall of Famers. Arguably the two best closers in the game today. Both can take over a game and both lead their team. Both are game changers and both get the Spur.

SF: RJ versus Ron-Ron. Someone wants to be traded and it's not RJ.

PF: Last meeting, the LOL Monster had an 'excellent' game. Pau Gasol was something approaching crap-tastic. Can it happen again?

C: GOATPUFF versus Bynum. Bynum might not play. If not, Odom starts. No one ever takes Timmy's spur but sometimes he has to share. It's only fair.

Bench

If Bonner was back I would say the Spurs have the advantage. Spur to Lakers unless Bynum is out - forcing Odom to start. If Bynum does play - LA gets the Spur. Neal has been in a slump since injuring his knee. Hill is breaking out of a slump.

Coaching

Top two coaches in the NBA - on any serious analyst's list. Both will be in the HOF. One has 11 rings with two teams the other has 4 rings with one. The debate goes on.

Intangibles

Free Throw Rate: Spurs differential of 7.2, Lakers 5.1

Mojo

LA is playing at home. In the last three games they lost twice and had to take out Houston in overtime. Spurs lost got smashed against the Trailblazers. Neal is not playing well. Bynum has a bone bruise in his knee. Matty B is still out. Ron-Ron is up for a trade. Tiago is not getting played. Spurs still have best record in NBA.

Prediction

Spurs by 2

Key(s) to the Game

Key 1 - Points in the Paint

Last game the Spurs outscored the Lakers 42-28 in the paint. The offensive charge was led by our 'wee Frenchman' with 28 points and 14 of those coming the paint. Right behind the Frenchman was the LOL Monster. Hauling down 15 rebounds and putting up 17 points.

Key 2 - Fast Break Points - keep the Lakers on their toes and get the easy baskets in transition before the defense has time to set up.

Key 3 - Hit the three ball. Lakers are tied for 29th in allowing opponents to take threes. San Antonio is 3rd.

Other Reading

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell

Spurs Planet - Our old friend Wayne Vore is back.

Project Spurs

Spurs Nation

OPPONENT

Silver Screen and Roll

Lakers Nation

Following Along

TV

TNT

Radio

WOAI 1200AM; Audio League Pass[streaming]

Online

As always, NBA league pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Almost every Spurs game will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

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