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The Los Angeles Lakers may have found the blueprint to impeding Tony Parker; the problem, of course, is executing the game plan consistently.
In four meetings, Parker is averaging 15.7 points a game while shooting a measly 41.5 percent from the field. Sustaining their defensive effort has been a minor problem; Parker's shooting percentage has improved by 13 points in the second half. Still, given the Lakers roster limitations -- namely the absence of perimeter speed -- it's rather impressive.
They are effective, according to Dave Miller, because of concerted team effort. Individually, the Lakers have many poor defenders and only a handful of truly talented defenders. To compensate, as Miller points out, the Lakers are leveraging multiple help defenders in Parker's line of vision. This strategy is commonplace in the NBA.
The difficulty, however, is simultaneously plugging weak-side action and misdirection. They've accomplished both, limiting the Spurs to 92.3 point per game -- 11 points lower than their regular season mark.
If the trend continues -- and it hinges on timing and execution -- the Lakers will be competitive despite the ineffectiveness of their own offense, which has struggled to create open looks without Kobe Bryant.
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DeJuan Blair hasn't gotten consistent minutes from the San Antonio Spurs. The fan base was screaming for him to be traded during the season and he seemed to have lost his place on the court until Stephen Jackson was released by the team. But if this is Blair's final games in black and silver, he sure left us with this gem. Blair has a very "interesting" pre...
The San Antonio Spurs took a 2 game lead on the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Parker had a strong night, Duncan and Leonard had 16 a piece. Steve Blake and Dwight Howard led the Lakers with 16 points each.
How the Spurs won:
Tony Parker played a great game in which Steve Blake was all over him. Parker finished the game with 28 points, 7 assist and 4 rebounds, but it wasn’t...
This Los Angeles Lakers without Kobe Bryant, are really struggling for points and only three players have been consistent so far in the four games they have played without him. These three players are, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and surprisingly, Steve Blake. But the question must be asked, why are they not going inside on every possession and why are Howard and Gasol not taking 40...
Manu Ginobili is getting back in to form and creating for his teammates. In this clip he is rewarding the big man, Tim Duncan, for running the floor.
The Spurs are showing the NBA, what San Antonio Spurs fans already know, that some of the top players are being grown outside of the United States. Manu Ginobili is getting back in to form and creating for his teammates.
After the disappointing performance in Game One, the Los Angeles Lakers were back at practice yesterday making adjustments for Game 2 tonight. Following practice, Steve Nash and Steve Blake took a few moments to chat with the media regarding tonight's contest against the San Antonio Spurs.
For Nash, a balance needs to be found in what his mind thinks his body can do...
AT&T CENTER--Before the playoffs started, an hour before their last game of the regular season, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich intimated who the Spurs were over the last month of the regular season would not be the team that opened up a playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In Game 1 the Spurs shook off a month's worth of rust and bandages, riding a dominant...
It appears the Los Angeles Lakers will trot out the fearsome duo of Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock Friday night for Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs. Hey, at least it’s a home game!
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A weird thing happened in Game 1, the Lakers (0-1) had trouble making baskets instead of preventing the other team from scoring. Usually, it's the other way around.
What's even stranger is the scoring efficiency for both teams. The Lakers actually had a better percentage in shooting at 41.1% versus 37.6% for the San Antonio Spurs (1-0). Of course, the purple and gold...
Dwight Howard is the gift that keeps on giving.
According to a story courtesy Pro Basketball Talk, Howard, who finished 14th in Defensive Player of the Year voting, said that he found it amusing that Memphis Grizzlies center and brother of his teammate, Marc Gasol, won the award.
The news caused Dwight Howard to say “it’s funny,” but he wasn’t offering his signature smile...
Commonly appreciated for being 6'10" and one of the best three point shooters in the NBA, Bonner's making his money against the Los Angeles Lakers not just from the work he's doing above the arc, but also the work he's putting in down low against Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
He played sparingly for most of the regular season, but with Boris Diaw out and...
The San Antonio Spurs probably won a game they shouldn't have in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
They dominated the Lakers while only shooting 37% (32-85) while the Lakers shot 41% (30-73). The biggest difference for the Spurs was the 3-point shooting with the silver and black outshooting the Lakers 31% (7-22) to 20% (3-15) and the bench production with the Spurs bench...
A mere seven-something minutes into tonight’s Lakers-Spurs matchup, Dwight Howard took it upon himself to connect on a monster dunk over the head of an unexpectant Tim Duncan (after receiving a stellar assist from Steve Blake, of course).
Check out this slam in the video below..can you say vintage Dwight Howard??
A headache for his coach, Kobe Bryant's tweets during a Lakers
playoff game were a hit at the NBA office.