Lakers (36-22) vs. Spurs (40-15) notes

– Time: 7:30 p.m.


– Radio: WOAI-AM 1200, KCOR-AM 1350.

– Spurs injury report: None.

– Lakers injury report: Kobe Bryant (tenosynovitis, left shin) is out. Jordan Hill (sprained MCL, right knee) is questionable.

– The Spurs and Lakers will face each other three times in the next 10 days.

– San Antonio is 23-4 at the AT&T Center. The Lakers are 23-6 at home but a mere 13-16 on the road.

– The Spurs are 26-11 against above .500 teams.

– Point guard Ramon Sessions will be asked to handle Kobe’s strenuous work load tonight. The Lakers are 9-6 after the deal with Cleveland and 7-4 since his inclusion into the starting lineup.

– Devin Ebanks (7.8 PER) will be starting at small forward for the third consecutive night. He’s averaged 29 minutes, nine points, three rebounds off 44.4 percent shooting.

– Matt Bonner needs two 3-pointers to Michael Finley for 4th on Spurs’ all-time list.

– The benefits of two days rest, despite the national medias persistent qualms, are tangible for Tim Duncan. He averages 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds with ample time to heal.

– The Lakers are a top heavy team. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol both average over 35 minutes, respectively.

– Bynum has recorded 15 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds; Los Angeles is 8-7 in those games.

– In the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime — also defined as “clutch” — Bynum scores 29.5 points per 48 minutes with a 82.1 field goal percentage.

– The Lakers — seventh in offensive rebounding rate — are 7-7 when they corral 15-plus offensive rebounds.

– When the Lakers allow their opponent to shoot 43 percent or less, they are 23-6. The Lakers are also 29-8 when they shoot 45 percent or better from the field.

– The Lakers have been outscored by 9.9 points per 100 possessions in their two games without Kobe.

– The Lakers are 22-5 when they surpass their season average of 22 assists.

– 44.3 percent of the Lakers’ shots are inside of nine feet. The Lakers happen to convert from the rim and from 3-9 feet at an above-average rate.

– The Lakers have turned the ball over more than their opponent in 12 straight games.

– Los Angeles is 30th in steals per game (5.8) and 27th in 3-point percentage (31.6 percent).

– Like the Spurs, the Lakers do an excellent job in playing defense without fouling. They average 17.4 personal fouls a game, good for third behind Chicago and the aforementioned Spurs.

– Opposing teams attempt 22.9 shots from 16-23 feet — league average is 19.9 –, generally considered as the least efficient shot in basketball. They allow 23.9 shots at the rim compared to league average 24.7.

– In three games against the Lakers last year, Tony Parker averaged 19.3 points, 2.7 assists and 51 percent shooting.

Topics: Andrew Bynum, Devin Ebanks, Jordan Hill, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Ramon Sessions, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

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