After the fracas that NBA twitter has dubbed as “spit gate”, the Lakers will be going up against another Texas-based team in hopes of getting the King his first win in a Lakers uniform.
The task at hand will be more difficult than usual as the Lakers will be missing their starting point guard and small forward. The Lakers will be replacing the suspended Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram with Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. They both will be getting first-team reps for the first time in the young season.
San Antonio will be looking different as well. After years of having Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard the roster is looking very different. With the departure of Leonard, the Spurs got back LA native Demar DeRozan who has been filling in well, scoring 28 points per game in his first two games in the gray and black (Is that what they go by? They need to implement fiesta colorway somehow).
Injuries have prevented the team from playing at full strength as well with Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and first-round pick Lonnie Walker IV all out with injuries. Despite the injuries, they have won their first two games.
The Lakers will be looking to continue winning against the Spurs as they go for their fourth straight win against them. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Lakers somehow swept the Spurs last season and won the last meeting in the season prior to that.
Fans are hoping to see more of the flashes that Kyle Kuzma showed during his rookie season as he has failed to score more than he averaged in his first year (16.1 ppg) and has only shot 35 percent from the field.
Josh Hart has been playing well in the first two games, vastly outplaying his competitor for the starting spot, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. With another strong showing, maybe he gets the nod for some first team action sooner than later.
It will be interesting to see how the Lakers play against a bigger team that has LaMarcus Aldridge and (an old friend who I love and miss) Pau Gasol in the frontcourt. Maybe they give Ivica Zubac some run instead of having JaVale McGee play all 48 minutes? LeBron looked to have played the center position last game, so that is another possibility in terms of lineup changes.
The game starts at 7:30 PM PST at Staples Center and will be broadcast on Spectrum SportsNet and NBA TV.