The time has come. Kobe returns tonight to play against San Antonio to hopefully cinch a win over the Spurs. The last time LA faced them, we got beat by 21 points at home. With Gasol, World Peace, and Bynum recently stepping their game up, it will be interesting to see how they all adjust with the basketball force that is Bryant.
In the past 9 days, the Lakers have played the Spurs 3 timess; it’s almost like a mini showdown in itself, with each team having won one game. Tim Duncan should be on your watch list during tonight’s game. He may be turning 36 next Wednesday, but he scored 19 points against the Lakers this past Tuesday. Tony Parker is also someone to look out for, scoring 29 points and having 13 assists during the last match-up with the Lakers. For more pre-game information, check out our predictions for tonight’s game.
Los Angeles Lakers (40-23) at San Antonio Spurs (45-16)
6:30 PM PST, April 20, 2012
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Radio: 710 AM (English), 1330 AM (Spanish)
Lakers Last Five: 4-1, W @ GS, L vs SA, W vs DAL, W vs DEN, W @ SA.
Spurs Last Five: 5-0, W @ SAC, W @ LAL, W @ GS, W vs PHX, W vs MEM.
Spurs Projected Starting Line-Up:
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Danny Green
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: DeJuan Blair
C: Tim Duncan
Lakers Nation News
Five Questions About Kobe Bryant’s Return [ESPN]
Preview and Chat: San Antonio Spurs [Forum Blue and Gold]
World Peace Rising [NBA]
Lakers Must Find Balance with Kobe’s Return [LA Times]
Talking Tim Duncan: Andrew Bynum [Lake Show Life]
Lakers, Delta Air Lines, and Heal the Bay Clean Up Dockweiler State Beach [NBA]
Kobe or Not Kobe [Sheridan Hoops]
Clippers Now One Game Behind the Third Seed [Silver Screen and Roll]
Amare Stoudemire to Return Before Playoffs [ESPN]
Fischer and His Resignation from President of the NBPA President [NBC Sports]
NBA Playoff Picture [CBS Sports]
Scores and More: Lebron Makes MVP Case [SB Nation]
Gabrielle Union Distracting Dwayne Wade? [The Post Game]
Back Surgery Takes Howard Out for the Rest of the Season [NBA]