The San Antonio Spurs (45-9) face another back-to-back as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers (11-44) at the Staples Center Friday Night. Spurs look to bounce back after their 106-86 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.
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The Spurs look to avoid their first back-to-back loss in over a year as they take on Kobe Bryant and the Lakers Friday. San Antonio will have to do it without their defensive specialist and best all-around player Kawhi Leonard who will sit out his second straight game with a calf injury.
Bryant whom has been a nightmare to the Spurs his whole career showed he still has a little bit left in his tank on February 6th when he scored 16 of his 25 points in the third quarter in a 106-102 loss. Lakers were close to being the first team in defeating the Spurs at the AT&T Center this year where they are 28-0.
Over his last six games, Bryant has been playing inspirational basketball on his final tour. Bryant has averaged 24.8 points while hitting 26 of 65 (40 percent) from 3-point range. But, the Lakers have also dropped 17 of their last 20.
Returning home to the Staples Center will surely be a change for the Lakers whom have lost their last three and look to win back-to-back games there for the first time since April 2014.
There is no better time than right now to play against a Lakers team that ranks near the bottom of the league in scoring defense (106.1). First three games of the series, Spurs have not had a problem scoring averaging 107.7.