Found April 20, 2013 on
San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Lakers
Project Spurs continues its 2013 Spurs Playoff preview as the Spurs face the Lakers in the first round. Check out some of the key 2012-13 regular season numbers between San Antonio and Los Angeles.
The San Antonio Spurs (0-0) and Los Angeles Lakers (0-0) will get their first round playoff series going tomorrow in San Antonio in a battle of old familiar foes.
The Spurs and Lakers have had an intense rivalry which has given fans some of the best games to remember. However, heading into their opening round series, the rivalry has cooled since the days of Shaquille O'Neal, Phil Jackson, younger Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher squaring off with Spurs' Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Bruce Bowen and Gregg Popovich for the Western Conference crown.
Let's take a looks at some noteworthy numbers between the Spurs and Lakers from this past 2012-13 regular season which might be a factor during their playoff series.
Let's go streaking
• The Spurs enter the playoffs on a 3-game losing streak
• The Lakers enter the playoffs on a 5-game winning streak
• The Spurs and Lakers average 92.6 points against each other during their three meetings in the regular season
Offensive output separated by one point
• The Spurs averaged 103 points per game in the regular season while the Lakers averaged 102
• The Spurs and Lakers averaged a bit over five blocks on the season. Spurs with 5.4 blocks while the Lakers with 5.3 blocks
6 & 12
• The Spurs lost just six home games during the regular season while the Lakers dropped 12 at Staples
Steve Blake to step it up?
• In one game vs. the Spurs this past regular season, Blake scored 23 points in 36 minutes
5 for 5 in double figures
Against each other, the Spurs and Lakers have five players who average double digit scoring (excluding Lakers' Kobe Bryant)
• Duncan (16.3), Tony Parker (15.7), Tiago Splitter (11.3), Manu Ginobili (11), and Danny Green (11)
• Blake (23), Dwight Howard (19.5), Metta World Peace (14.3), Steve Nash (14), and Earl Clark (12)
Kobe will be missed for L.A.
• In two games vs. the Spurs this season, Bryant averaged 27.5 points, 4 rebounds, 6.5 assists, .5 steals, shot 51% from the field, 41% from the three-point line, and 67% from the free-throw line in 38.5 minutes per game.
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The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers are in an intense battle in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Lakers are without their fearless leader Kobe Bryant and it has shown during Game 1. During an interview with Rick Fox, Matt Bonner showed off his “Red Mamba” shirt and you would think that Kobe Bryant would have gotten upset over an opponent being given a similar...
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Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker scored 18 points each and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 91-79 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.
Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Bonner had 10 points and Kawhi Leonard had eight points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.
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You showed us that an 18-year-old could play with the best.
You showed us that a championship...
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The Los Angeles Lakers have some business decisions to make following the season. Los Angeles is set to pay roughly $30 million dollars for exceeding the league’s salary cap parameter and may have to cough up a similar amount next season if cost-cutting measures aren’t made.
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Dwight Howard referred to Lakers head coach, Mike D’Antoni as “Coach Pringles” when he was talking with the assembled media over the weekend before the Game 1 series with the San Antonio Spurs.
“Did ya’ll already talk to Pringles? Coach Pringles.”
D’Antoni is often parodied in memes for his resemblance to Mr. Pringles from the potato chip logo.
Johnny Manziel calls the fact that Pau Gasol was going #broke on a free throw attempt during the Spurs-Lakers playoff game in San Antonio.
You can always count on Lakers forward Metta World Peace to drop an interesting rap line or hilarious quote. The Lakers and Spurs are set to do battle in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
World Peace was asked if he thought his Lakers caught a break when they avoided Oklahoma City in the first round. World Peace would have none of that talk, and as he told USA...
The Black Mamba may be out of the Playoffs due to injury, but don’t let that stop you from going on a little trip down memory lane at the past season. You probably don’t want to bet against Kobe being ready for opening day 2013.
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