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San Antonio Spurs: 1 Stud, 1 dud from narrow loss to Lakers

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The San Antonio Spurs let another close game slip away, dropping their ninth one of the season 114-106 against the Los Angeles Lakers. While there were some encouraging signs from a team playing without its starting center for the sixth game in a row, the team's record isn't going to benefit from moral victories.

Now sitting at 4-9 and 13th in the Western Conference, the Spurs have seen their scoring slide to 15th and defense to 15th in Poeltl's absence. The good news? Poeltl finally cleared health and safety protocols before the Lakers game but was held out as he looks to recondition.

There were many takeaways from the game -- biggest of all that Keldon Johnson has discovered his 3-point shooting stroke as of late. Johnson shot a blistering 6-of-9 from downtown on his way to 24 points, upping his once painful 3-point percentage from 13% to 34% on the season.

We're also seeing more playing time being given to Thaddeus Young and Devin Vassell, who have proven to be an effective duo in their time on the court together. Young tied his season-high with 17 points in the game while Vassell pitched in 19.

Let's take a closer look at the two guys that stood out the most for good and bad reasons on Sunday.