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March 14, 2014 — 5:30 PM (PST)
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
TV: NBATV / TWC SportsNet / TWC SportsNet Deportes
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

The Lakers face off vs. 1st seed San Antonio Spurs tonight. If a term stability comes up in an NBA dictionary, the Spurs would be the definition.

Future Hall-of-Famers F Tim Duncan, PG Tony Parker, and SG Manu Ginibili, have played together since 2002-2003 season, winning 3 championships together and going for another title this season. Parker has taken the throne from Duncan and Ginobili to become the team leader, scoring 17.7 PPG while dishing out 6.2 APG.

Spurs President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach, Gregg Popovich, has done another spectacular job saving his star players until the playoffs while maintaining the best record in the NBA. Without Phil Jackson coaching anymore, Popovich is unquestionably the best head coach in the NBA. With Spurs Owner Peter Holt leaving all basketball decisions up to Popovich, Popovich has shown that a great basketball coach can be an even better asset to run the basketball-related aspects of an organization.

Projected Starters

PG – Tony Parker/ Kendall Marshall [Advantage: Spurs]
SG – Danny Green / Jodie Meeks [Advantage: Spurs]
SF – Kawhi Leonard /  Wesley Johnson [Advantage: Spurs]
PF – Tim Duncan / Ryan Kelly [Advantage: Spurs]
C – Boris Diaw / Pau Gasol [Advantage: Lakers]

Notable Bench Players

Spurs: G Manu Ginobili, G Marco Bellinelli, C Tiago Splitter, PG Patrick Mills
Lakers: PG Jordan Farmar, C Robert Sacre, G Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry

Bench Advantage: Spurs

Injury List

Spurs: None
Lakers: Out-G Kobe Bryant,  Out-PG Steve Nash, Out-F Jordan Hill, Out-F Nick Young

Bottom Line

With all the distractions surrounding the Lakers, major difficulties exist to focus solely on tonight’s matchup. The Spurs continue to play extremely well regardless of who they put out on the floor, so this game will unfortunately look like the same outcome as last night.

Prediction

Spurs 120-106

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