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Might be only temporary -- Byron could change his mind next game -- but Lin has fallen to 3rd string. Oh, and Lakers getting crushed by SA.
Lakers are down by 19, but at least "WOOOOOO!" girl isn't in the arena.
The Spurs aren't messing around tonight, up 35-15 after a pretty reverse layup from Ginobili. LAL at 26% FG's.
Nick Young came in and gave LAL a lift, hitting 2 of 3 FG's plus 2 FT's, but other than he and Clarkson, rest of the team went 1 for 14.
At the end of 1, Lakers trail 31-15 to the Spurs in San Antonio as only three (Nick Young, Jordan Clarkson and Robert Sacre) have scored.
Lakers are wearing their Hollywood Nights jerseys with short sleeves, but Nick Young is making a fashion statement with long sleeves.
Does Aaron Baynes look like Kevin Durant all the time? Or just against the Lakers?
Nick Young is wearing sleeves on both arms. Because, 40 shots tonight.
Oh boy. The Spurs coyote mascot just made a "deflated ball" joke during the timeout.
Other than Jordan Clarkson (3 for 4), the Lakers are 1 for 12 from the field. That's 4 for 1 overall, 25%. Spurs up 21-8.
Was interviewing Robert Sacre before the game and Boozer interjected, "Put a few 'Holdats' in there!"
Jeremy Lin looks like he's in line for a DNP-CD tonight.
Ronnie Price checks in at the 3:15 mark, replacing Jordan Clarkson (6 points, 2 boards). Young, Boozer, Davis also on the court.
First PG off the bench is Ronnie Price. Wither Jeremy Lin.
Jordan Clarkson has 6 points on 3 of 4 FG's early, with a jumper and two finishes close to the bucket. Looking pretty good early.
I don't understand why the Lakers continue to think the Sacre-Duncan matchup is a favorable one for them. Long story short, it's not.
Lakers have gone to Sacre at least three times with Tim Duncan guarding him. Supreme confidence, I see.
Robert Sacre got LAL's first frontcourt bucket, making it a 13-6 margin for the Spurs. Ginobili in for the defending champs.
The lefty spinner off glass was a particularly nice finish for the second round draft pick, Jordan Clarkson, thrown into the fire tonight.
Jordan Clarkson with back-to-back buckets in his first career start. In his hometown. Lakers trail 9-4.
LAL's first bucket is a nice pull-up J from Clarkson between a couple of Spurs, and he followed w/a tough lefty finish in transition.
Three minutes into the game, the Lakers haven't made a basket and trail 9-0.
It's quickly a 9-0 Spurs lead, 4 of 5 FG's for the home team and LAL going 0 for 5 with 2 TO's.
Tough game for LAL to be so young and new in the line up, w/t Spurs coming off a blowout last night, plus beating SAS last time here.
The Lakers did not score in the first 24 seconds. The remaining 47:36 remains a mystery
In Jordan Clarkson's debut near his hometown, priority No. 1 is trying to contain Tony Parker. On O, coaches want him to get LAL in sets.
Robert Sacre, who is starting, scores the first basket. Unfortunately for him, it was after a 24 second shot clock violation.
Lakers start the game here in San Antonio with a shot-clock violation as an apparent way to honor Kobe.
Pop derided the practice of teams sending promotional materials in hopes gainin ASG votes for players. "Such pandering is embarrassing."
Pop said genetics, body make up a factor in Kobe's resilience over the years. "Some of us pass away early and some live until they’re 104."
Pop: "I can think of a lot of shots Kobe’s made that’s basically knocked us out. And in an odd, weird sort of way, I still enjoy it."
TNT just dropped Knicks-Lakers on March 12 in favor of Grizzlies-Wizards. (ESPN already dropped Knicks-Lakers on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.)
Jordan Clarkson was studying Spurs film on a laptop in the locker room. Pretty sure knows this opponent *pretty* well
Ryan Kelly gets a bad rap from a lot of fans, but he has legit potential for a long career in this league in a certain role.
Sacre is only starting at center because Black is hurt, btw. Starting Clarkson over Lin is another bad sign for Lin with Byron.
Byron revamping starting lineup can be viewed as tanking, but it makes sense to evaluate guys like Kelly/Clarkson/Black for possible future.
Not sure how Gregg Popovich plans to start, but some of these matchups could be rough: Parker/Clarkson, Leonard/Kelly and Sacre/Duncan
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So who’s first PG off bench for Lakers? Price? Lin? “I don’t know yet…going by the seat of my pants.” — Byron Scott
Jordan Clarkson’s first start comes vs Tony Parker and defending champs. In his hometown. “Hope he got some rest last night,” Byron said.
Sacre and Ryan Kelly will start alongside Jordan Hill in the Lakers' frontcourt vs. San Antonio.
Rookie Jordan Clarkson will start for the Lakers tonight.
New Lakers line up tonight: Jordan Clarkson, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre. Scott wants to see what he has.
Jordan Clarkson is starting at point tonight. Rest of new lineup: Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre, Jordan Hill.
Popovich on Kobe: "I can think of a lot of shots Kobe made that's basically knocked us out. In an odd, weird sort of way, I still enjoy it."
Asked Popovich if Duncan were still the most important Spur despite emergence of other players over the years. Answer, in short, is yes.
Popovich on Kobe’s injury: “It’s a loss for the league, for fans, for all of us.“
Gregg Popovich on Kobe Bryant's injury: "It's a loss for the league, for fans, for all of us."
Problem is shoulder will not get meaningfully better without surgery. So, as Kobe said about something else recently, lesser of two evils.
Kobe has not decided to have the surgery. He might even take more time to decide after seeing another doctor Monday.
Lakers announce that Bryant discussed surgery option with team doctors today. Monday is key day after consult with specialist ElAttrache.
The official injury update on Kobe Bryant from the Lakers. http://t.co/DDGZCkYpA7
Kobe Bryant's torn rotator cuff was confirmed by doctors but he won't make a decision on surgery until Monday.
Official from Lakers: http://t.co/gbT4t1YsIx
Lakers doctors confirm Kobe has torn rotator cuff. He has another appointment Monday to determine best of options, including surgery.
Officially a torn rotator cuff for Kobe Bryant. Team docs confirm. Surgery is an option. Decision on Kobe’s future will be made on Monday.
Among the options is surgery. Bryant is scheduled to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday, when a decision will be made.