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The (44-19) Los Angeles Lakers are in Texas for round three with the (51-11) San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have the best record in the Association. The also have a franchise record 22-game home win streak and a NBA-best 29-2 mark at the AT&T Center.

In San Antonio’s last game, they routed the Miami Heat by 30 and hitting a franchise-record 17 three pointers. They benefitted from a speedy return from injury of Tony Parker.

The Lakers lost both games against the Spurs this season despite playing well enough to win the last contest at the Staples Center by going down to defeat on a last second tip in basket.

This is the first leg of a four game road trip for the Lakers. All four opponents hold one of the league’s 10 best records. The bulldog, Derek Fisher, will play today and start.

They won a sloppy game and finally defeated the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. They take a six-game winning streak into today’s game.

They have to step their game up because the effort has to be much better to beat San Antonio. The Spurs are a team that is not going to beat themselves.

It is imperative that the Lakers keep Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli out of the painted area.  They need to communicate on defense, do a solid job defending the screen and roll plays, get back in transition and quickly rotate out to open shooters.

Tony Parker has averaged 22 points against the Lakers, while surprisingly Tim Duncan has scored a combined 10 points in two games this season.

The Lakers are playing solid defensively and Andrew Bynum is doing a stellar job on defense. Bynum is doing an excellent job of rebounding, changing and blocking shots.

The Lakers have to get back to consistently using excellent ball movement and excellent player movement. They’ve been winning with defensive focus and offensive discipline. They have to control the tempo and pace of the game, dominate the painted area, challenge every shot and rebound. The Lakers bench has to win their match up. The reserves need to knock down shots.

This is a must-win game for the Purple & Gold; they’re ready and waiting to meet the challenge.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, Andrew Bynum
Spurs:
T. Parker, G. Hill, R. Jefferson, T. Duncan, DeJuan Blair

Tip-off: 12:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: ABC
  • San Antonio: ABC

Radio

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • San Antonio: WOAI-AM 1200 (Bill Schoening)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Matt Barnes (Right Knee Surgery) Day-to-Day
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out
  • Devin Ebanks (Stress Fracture, Left Tibia) Out
  • Derek Fisher (Sprained Left Elbow) Probable

Spurs:

None

  • Tyler

    I hope we have D-Fish and Barnes today. Both (Mainly barnes) Could help down the strech. I think this is the most important game left on the schedule. We need to come out and prove that we can beat the spurs, and erase the the memory of that last game.

    Lets Go Lake-Show

  • Get Like Me

    THERE WAS NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT IN THIS GAME EVERYBODY PLAYED THEY ASS OFF TODAY MINUS STEVE BLAKE!

    • http://www.nba.com/playerfile/steve_blake/ Steve Blake

      Hey you know what? That hurts. A lot.

  • Chi-Town Walt

    DESTROYED DA spurs!Great Win Team!!!!!!

  • rondo

    Kobe need to stop overlooking Bynum and give him some looks. Old players always try to stop a young players progress. Kobe should remember what Shaq did to him. 2 shots? Kobe you suppose to facilitate the offense. Magic Johnson would never let Bynum only get 2 shots You got to make the big dog happy. Otherwise a great win!

    • Rel Money

      Man shut the fuck up You fake ass fan there was nothing to bitch about today yet here comes a dumbass ie YOU trying to find any little thing to critique

      • rondo

        Punk mother don’t tell me to shut the fuck up. The hell with your punk ass I say what i want to say fuck you. Kobe needs to pass the ball sometime. Real Money don’t fuck with me .

  • stucktrader

    Does anyone know if Ratlif will be back at all for the final push?

    I didn’t see the game, just the box score and highlights. Nothing like winning on the road against a quality team. These teams need to remember who the champ is…

    Lakers D is a give in come play offs… but when their offense is going as it appears it has today – then we see the results…

    • fingerpointin

      word I got he’s out for the year.

      • LakerMarc

        nah PJ was quoted, I think, as him being out and prob not returning til playoffs and that he would use him if he could.

      • fingerpointin

        feb 26 -C theo ratliff (torn cartilage left knee) suffered a recent setback in rehabilitation and is out indefinitly. yahoo sports

  • kobe24venom

    no complaints about today bynum dominated , odom played great.defense was there ,now the season begins beware nba .here come the lakers!

  • ZK

    Great to see Fish play (I actually did not watch the game but regardless, the old warrior toughed it out).

    Great win for the Champs, and when Drew plays like he has been, and the rest of the team covers their defensive assignments, we will see No.17 come mid June. We need to take care of Miami and Dallas like we did San Antone.

    Hope Blake recovers his shot. We did not need it today, but will need it come money time.

    GO LAKERS!

    • LakerMarc

      yeah his shooting woes are cringing moments! Seriously!!!!

  • Gugy

    Now we are playing like champs. Congrats Lakernation!

    • LakerMarc

      Congrats Lakernation and esp CONGRATS TO THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS!!! LOVE YA !!!!! Sad to see the Spurs moping and looking totally depressed and upset on the bench all of the 2nd half….oh well over it already! HA!!! GO LAKERS!!!!

  • LakerMarc

    Moment of the game: Artest posing and egging on the boos from the Spurs crowd and watching Barnes and Odom laughing from the bench…LMFAO!!!!!!

    • imfasterthanur

      Presses “like” button

  • Fuk The Haters

    Where are the haters now ha?
    Great win!

  • Rio Rondo

    Kobe is averaging one point for every shot. how efficient!

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      fear setting in? already?

      • SHOWTIME4EVA

        that makes 50% shooting I’ll take that.

    • ZK

      Why don’t you look at the free throws. The best player in the world takes twenty plus shots without getting any free throws in many games.

      You can thank the LAKER HATING ZEBRAS for that.

      Eli Roe tells him to make his shots instead of complaining. Idiot, he complains because you don’t call any fouls on whoever is all over him and is clearly fouling him.

      Just like Kareem, Shaq, and many other Lakers, Kobe is getting screwed big time by the Zebras. If there was any decent officiating in the NBA, he would be avareaging well over 30 per game.

  • Laker4Life

    Lakers are 7-0 and counting after all star break. No worries at all. All the lakers need to do is stay healthy before playoffs begin and its another parade in LA.

    Rudy Tomjanovich once said “Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.” No matter how bad the lakers play in regular season, the playoffs is what matters and the lakers are just getting ready.

    Go Lakers!

  • 123kid

    great win. glad to see fish and barnes back. bynum played excellent, even though he had only 4 pts., he still managed to be effective from a different level (rebounds, blocks, and just being active in the paint). awesome! pau gettin his shots and a 3 pointer! holy moly! and then ron on the defensive end. lastly, lamar showing some consistency in his shot. and the team defense holding manu to only 6 pts and parker to only 14 pts.

    only thing i want is for the killer bees to starting building back their chemistry and really remember to keep playing hard. i know its gonna take a few games for barnes to get his legs set, but i think guys like blake and shannon really needa be more consistent off the bench. and i would hope for lamar, bynum, and artest to continue to play their role. lamar has to do some scoring, but bynum and artest just needa be effective defensively and dont needa think too much about scoring. bynum really needs to continue to be a force in the middle against penetrating guards and just keep rebounding and being active.

  • Vic The Brick’s illegitimate son!

    It’s time for the 3peat, no turning back now!!!

  • lakers

    noww ladies and gentlemen after very bad losses, THE BACK TO BACK CHAMPS ARE BACKK!!!!!!!!!!! now lets go get our revenge on those heat and make them cry some moree!

  • Lakerland_Nostradamus

    I told you so biatchhesss, gotta have faith!

    • patrick

      Shat up, the Spurs had nothing to play for. but good win.

  • 123kid

    i like that they are winning, but i still think they have room for improvement in all ends of the floor. to me the engine is still warming up and when it comes to seeing a trophy raised up and purple and gold confetti is falling from the ceiling, then i’ll be proud enough to say they did it and they flipped the switch and the light bulb didnt go out.

  • Tim Ducan

    1st quater. Game over baby…Game over..LOL

  • xtro

    still the team to beat.

  • Nick

    GOOD JOB L.A…. Now im hoping you guys can keep this up and see us in June. Game 1 at the Garden. Just make sure you keep it up, kuz when our O’Neal brothers get back we are gonna be even stronger than we are now. GREEN 18

    • scared to death

      back? when? when? arythritis settin in….the window’s closing in. Green end of show…

      • Tyler

        Right…Andrew Bynum’s gonna struggle against 39 year old Shaq and Nenad Kristc. Your celdicks better watch out. With out that manic depressive kendrick perkins, even Orlando could beat you Geriatrics.

        Now on the Lakers. They came back…with weapons. What a great win. Lets go lake show.

    • SHOWTIME4EVA

      what are you talking about? keep it up?? we are the champs you’re chasing us! you try to keep up.we are always there. your not even in our league.we don’t care who you have.we are the best team,we’ve been the best team for over ten years now.we’ve been winning rings since 2000.while you’ve been under a rock. we smell blood and you know it. you stink of fear. ROLL ON LAKERS!

  • Short Dog

    Great Win Lakers.
    Let’s go undefeated from now on.
    Let’s get that 6th ring.

  • Barracuda

    As we watch Kobe’s astounding climb up the historical stat ladder…he is only 12 Points Away From Tying Moses Malone for 6th Place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

    This year alone, Bryant has already shot his way past Hall-of-Famers Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Dominique Wilkins, John Havlicek and soon Moses Malone.

    After this, there will be only five players left for Bryant to catch: Shaquille O’Neal (5th/28,590); Wilt Chamberlain (4th/31,419); Michael Jordan (3rd/32,292); Karl Malone (36,928); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).

  • Kanon_

    I guees this is not a good season for Moses Malone…i’ll be pass by Kobe Bryant & Kevin Love hahahaha.

  • http://www.webdesignsanjose.org/ Web Design San Jose

    Kobe is such a ball hog! Derrick Rose will definitely beat him on this seasons MVP.