NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 1st
(All times Eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (1-0) at Los Angeles Lakers (1-1), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of storied franchises clash Friday night in
Hollywood, as the Los Angeles Lakers welcome the defending Western Conference
champion San Antonio Spurs to Staples Center.
The Lakers shocked the basketball world by defeating the rival Clippers on
Tuesday, but dropped a 125-94 decision at Golden State the next night. Playing
without future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant (Achilles), the Lakers couldn't slow
down the Warriors, who were led by Klay Thompson's 38 points and David Lee's
24. The Warriors were 15-of-27 from 3-point range.
Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry each had 14 points, while Pau Gasol and Jordan
Farmar scored 12 points apiece for the Lakers, who made 39.3 percent from the
"Growing pains," Meeks said of the setback. "We have a lot of young guys on
this team, myself included. They're going to happen."
Meeks replaced Steve Nash in the lineup and announced during the preseason
that he will occasionally sit out the second game of a back-to-back this
season. Nash will turn 40 in February.
Los Angeles will face a stiff challenge Friday versus the Spurs, a squad that
defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 101-94 on Wednesday. The Spurs used a 30-7
advantage in the second quarter and fended off the Grizz in the fourth
quarter. They were led by Boris Diaw's and Kawhi Leonard's 14 points.
Spurs forward Tim Duncan left the contest early in the third with a chest
contusion and did not return. He had three points and six rebounds, and is
listed as doubtful against L.A.
"He had spasms in his shoulder and his neck. It looks like his chest is
bruised. He caught an elbow, so it kind of affected from his chest up through
his neck at some time or another," Spurs head coach Greg Popovich said.
Tony Parker had 13 points and nine assists in victory.
San Antonio won two of three meetings with the Lakers last season and is 7-4
in the previous 11 encounters. The Spurs, though, have lost six of the past 10
as the visitor in this series.
11/01 10:39:57 ET