The San Antonio Spurs look to ring in the new year with a rematch against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Friday evening.
It’ll be a whole new ball game when the Lakers meet the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center for the second time in three days. With the return of Derrick White, another dangerous two-way weapon will be on the floor to help slow down a Lakers team that shot 56.1 percent from the field on Wednesday.
The guards for Los Angeles went berserk in game one of the series, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Dennis Schroder, and Wesley Matthews all shooting 60 percent or better from the floor. The return of White should remedy some of that. However, the Spurs will need a better all-around effort to contest some wide-open looks L.A. was getting previously.
With LaMarcus Aldridge still questionable with left knee soreness, one thing to keep an eye on will be Jakob Poeltl‘s ability to defend without fouling. Guarding a superstar like Anthony Davis is tough enough, but he certainly got the short end of the stick on his third foul call Wednesday. If Jakob is forced to be substituted early again, Drew Eubanks will need to play markedly better than he did in round one.
Meanwhile, the Spurs as a whole need to take care of the ball, which they did against Los Angeles before when they committed just 10 turnovers. That will start with Dejounte Murray, whose stellar play this season is slightly hindered by his 3.8 turnovers per game.
January will not be an easy month for San Antonio, but they can get it started in the right direction with a strong showing against the Lakers. Here’s everything you need to know about the game:
How to watch the Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Location: AT&T Center – San Antonio, TXDate/Time: Friday, January 1, 2021 @ 8 PM ETNational: NBATVLocal/Streaming: FSSW (San Antonio), SPECSN (Los Angeles)Radio: WOAI/KXTN (San Antonio), KSPN/KWKW
San Antonio Spurs (via Larry Ramirez)OUT: Quinndary Weatherspoon (left knee)QUESTIONABLE: LaMarcus Aldridge (left knee)
Los Angeles Lakers (via Harrison Faigen)OUT: Alex Caruso (health and safety protocols)
Any further updates to the injury report will be updated here in real time.