Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 4/14/13
The matchup of the game when the San Antonio Spurs face off against the Los Angeles Lakers will be between Tiago Splitter and Dwight Howard. With the news that Kobe Bryant will be out the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles, the focus on the Lakers offense will likely be Dwight Howard. Howard is averaging 13ppg and 15rpg against the San Antonio Spurs this season and will look to duplicate those numbers in the last meeting of the season between the clubs. Tiago Splitter has also been impressive against the Los Angeles Lakers this season averaging 11.5ppg and 11.5rpg this season. This matchup will likely feature more of a workload for Howard in the paint than Splitter, especially with Tony Parker making his return against the Sacramento Kings. What Splitter must do on offense: The Lakers aren't known for their defensive mindset this season and a pick and roll tandem with Splitter and Parker will test their that out this game. Splitter is one of the best pick setters in the league this season and that will open the ball handler to an open shot, especially if Howard plays the paint. Splitter is also one of the best big men to move around without the ball in the league on offense and will play a huge role early on in the game. With Tony Parker and Tim Duncan having the attention of the Lakers' players, Splitter's back screens and cutting to the basket will be valuable to the team. He has to be aggressive on the offensive end when he's scoring however because Dwight Howard is one of the league's best defenders at the rim. What Splitter must do on defense: Howard is strictly an inside player and his 65% (292-447) is a big indication that's the only strong point of his game. Splitter will likely have to make catches in the paint difficult with pressure and force Howard to catch the ball as far from the rim as possible. When Howard shots from the paint and not in the restricted area, he's shooting 39% (48-124) and it doesn't get any better farther away from the basket..The Spurs can benefit with Howard working hard in the paint for shots over the team double teaming and leaving open shooters for three point shots. Splitter has to stay smart and not foul Howard for And 1 opportunities. If he can stay disciplined on the defensive end, it will be extremely hard for the Lakers to keep up with San Antonio this game.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tiger Woods tells golf world to try and kick this football he’s holding

Report: Paxton Lynch cutting out early while other QBs stay late

Michael Jordan unique 1984 Converse shoes could fetch up to $100K at auction

Former Coyotes minor leaguer named a pro scout after heart attack, leg amputation

Joe Girardi has interesting reason why no medical scans for Masahiro Tanaka

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ezekiel Elliott’s mom fires back after son criticized for being in car accident

Browns make Ryan Grigson senior personnel executive

Potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz looks positively jacked in recent photo

Manchester United wins Europa League Final, returns to Champions League

Ice Cube challenges LaVar Ball to make 4-point shot, will make it worth his while

D’Angelo Russell ‘likes’ tweet saying ‘no way’ Lakers should draft Lonzo Ball

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

Box Score 5/24: Craig Anderson saves the Senators

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 'Farewell to the Manu, the Myth, the Legend' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker