Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 1/9/13
Kawhi Leonard and Kobe Bryant will be the matchup of the game when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the San Antonio Spurs' homecourt tonight. With the Lakers plagued by injuries and pressure to rise from the poor performances they've given this season, Bryant will look to take command of the game tonight against a younger inexperienced Kawhi Leonard guarding him. The Lakers are coming off a disappointing loss to the Houston Rockets that saw Bryant play 41 minutes in the first of this back to back set in Texas. In their first meeting this year, Bryant shot 62% (5-8) against the Spurs in the painted area and 67% from mid range (2-3). The team was without their star poing guard Steve Nash and now will be missing two of their big men, so Bryant will have to take command of the team throughout the game to avoid a five game losing streak. What Leonard must do on offense: He has to keep moving off the ball and make Bryant use his legs on defense. The Spurs rely on three pointers ...
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