The Lakers Twitter account today announced that Bryant will be missing his fifth straight game to nurse his left shin. And with the Lakers in their final last five games of the season, let’s give Kobe the rest for the playoffs.
The Lakers need tonight’s win to stay competitive for the second seed. The Spurs have already claimed the Southwest division. Tim Duncan will be somebody to watch on the Spurs, racking up 14 points and three blocks last time LA and San Antonio met.
Make sure you watch tonight’s game and help cheer our Purple and Gold into the playoffs!
Los Angeles Lakers (39-22) at San Antonio Spurs (43-16)
7:30 PM PST, April 17, 2012
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: TNT, Prime Ticket
Radio: 710 AM (English), 1330 AM (Spanish)
Lakers Last Five: 4-1, W vs DAL, W vs DEN, W @ SA, W @ NO, L @ PHX.
Spurs Last Five: 3-2, W @ GS, W vs PHX, W vs MEM, L vs LAL, L @ UTA.
Spurs Projected Starting Line-Up:
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Daniel Green
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: DeJuan Blair
C: Tim Duncan
Lakers Nation News
Preview and Chat: Lakers vs Spurs [Forum Blue and Gold]
Mike Brown Gives Players Time to Rest [LA Times]
Lakers: Who’s Stepped Up in Kobe’s Absence? [OC Register]
Post Game Videos [NBA]
Beast or Burden: Answering the Call [Silver Screen and Roll]
Kobe Bryant Gets more Assists on the Bench than on the Court [LA Times]
Al Horford Injury Update [SB Nation]
Three Signs of an Upward Trajectory [ESPN]
Anaheim Eager: Who Knows What Kings’ Owners Want? [OC Register]
Thunder Falls to Clippers [Tulsa World]
Larry Brown in Contract Talks with SMU [Yahoo]
Afflalo Leads Nuggets to a Win [NBA]
Stephen Curry Injury [SB Nation]