Found April 10, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
The Lakers and Spurs have been rivals almost as long as Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have been in the NBA. It's amazing that they're still with their original teams -- and still threatening for titles, too. After Bryant's Lakers had the most recent success with titles in 2009 and '10, now it's Duncan surging back with the Spurs. San Antonio is right up there with Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference, and the Lakers will be trying to break San Antonio's six-game home winning streak Wednesday night at the AT&T Center. Whether Bryant is on the court for the first meeting of the season between the teams is uncertain. He has missed the past two games with a sore left shin -- and the Lakers lost in Phoenix and then barely beat the short-handed and youthful New Orleans Hornets, 93-91, on Monday night. The Lakers and Spurs will play again in Los Angeles in six days, then back in San Antonio again three days after that. NOTES, QUOTES Wor...

Kobe to miss third straight game with sore left shin

The sore left shin that has dogged Kobe Bryant the last two weeks continues to improve, but he will not play Wednesday against San Antonio. Bryant, who was originally kicked in the shin March 31, will miss a third consecutive game, Lakers Coach Mike Brown told reporters Tuesday. The Lakers are 1-12 games ahead of the Clippers and two ahead of the fast-charging Memphis Grizzlies...

Brown willing to sacrifice standings for health

Getting kicked in the shin doesn’t sound like it would take that long to heal, or even cause you to miss any games at all. But in Kobe Bryant’s case, the Los Angeles Lakers and coach Mike Brown aren’t taking any chances. Bryant missed his second straight game last night after playing for 138 in a row. Brown says Bryant can take as much time as he needs to heal,no matter if...

Kobe To Sit Wednesday Against Spurs

Kobe Bryant has also missed the previous two games due to his sore left shin.

NBA Preview: Lakers at Hornets

The last time the Lakers and Hornets met, Kobe Bryant had by far one of the worst games of his career. He missed his first fifteen shots and went scoreless through the first three quarters, and yet it wasn’t enough for the Hornets to come out victorious. Kobe delivered in the fourth quarter, doing just enough down the stretch to save the Lakers from a disastrous home loss....

Metta World Peace with the world’s worst inbounds pass (Video)

There’s not much else to say about this other than it was yet another thing to make us ask, “WTF was Metta World Peace thinking?” Some background: the Lakers (without Kobe Bryant) barely had the lead with 1.2 seconds left in the game. All the Lakers had to do was run out the little time left on the clock or make foul shots. The win was essentially in the bag. But not so fast...

No Kobe, no problem for Lakers in rout of Spurs

Before tonight's game, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker said he hoped Kobe Bryant would play in the Spurs' first meeting of the season against the Lakers. Perhaps it would've been better for the Spurs if the NBA's leading scorer had left his purple suit in the visitor's locker room and suited up in purple and gold. Without Bryant, the Lakers focused on mismatches...

Spurs leave stars at home

The San Antonio Spurs were without stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili as they tried to extend their 11-game winning streak Monday against the Utah Jazz. The trio stayed behind in San Antonio rather than travel to Salt Lake City. The Spurs (40-14) beat the Jazz 114-104 in San Antonio on Sunday night and already have clinched a playoff spot. Coach Greg Popovich called...

Lakers crush Spurs behind Bynum's 30 boards

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 30 rebounds, the most in an NBA game this season, and the Los Angeles Lakers didn't need Kobe Bryant to blow out the San Antonio Spurs 98-84 Wednesday night. Metta World Peace scored 26 points and the Lakers, playing their third straight game without the injured Bryant, manhandled the Spurs underneath to hand the West's...

Spurs trio of stars not playing Monday

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili did not travel with the San Antonio Spurs for Monday's game against the Utah Jazz. The trio remained in San Antonio to rest for the final stretch of games. The Spurs have already clinched a playoff spot. They have 12 games remaining. Parker averages a team-best 19.1 points, Duncan 15.0 and Ginobili 12.7.

Video: ESPN wrestles with Pop's decision to rest the 'Big 3'

This debate seems to come up every time San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wants to rest his starters: is it a smart move or not? Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker all stayed home in San Antonio last night to rest as the rest of the Spurs took on the Utah Jazz, putting their 11-game win streak in serious jeopardy. While the Spurs fought hard, and were even close to winning...

Lakers-Spurs Preview

After Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all got San Antonio's last game off to rest, the Spurs' top three players are expected to be back on the court against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers' biggest star, however, will not play. Los Angeles will again be without Kobe Bryant on Wednesday night when it visits the Spurs in a matchup of division leaders. San...
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