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Be previewing the Lakers Spurs game is gonna be tipping off in about an hour, 15 minutes from now.
So four o'clock on the West Coast that around East Coast, that's seven o'clock.
Lakers traveling to San Antonio to take on the Spurs right now, the top two teams in the West Lakers air currently in first place.
Spurs are in second place, so the winner obviously ends up being in first place in the Western Conference.
Both teams have gotten off to a pretty good start on the Lakers side of things.
It's the return for Danny Green.
I know he played in San Antonio last year with the Raptors in one game, but he's back against the Spurs, played with the Spurs for awhile, won a championship of the Spurs, got the two n b A finals.
Gregg Popovich said earlier today, was just commenting about Danny Green and how great of a person he is.
Yes, Perry, go Lakers, how great of a person he is and how instrumental he was to the Spurs success while he was there.
Gregg Popovich also talked about Kyle Kuzma when he was playing on Team USA the summer before he got injured with his ankle injury.
Popovich said that Kuzma came a long way over the course of Team USA.
How when he got there, pop, it really didn't see any Think the exact quote was rhyme or reason for why he played the way he did.
We compared them actually to a young model. Ginobili.
I'm not saying that whose motto is anything like Manu Ginobili? I don't think Gregg Popovich was trying to say Who's no? Was like Come on in Ginobili and the way that he plays or how good he can be come.
But he I was just talking about how Kuzma has started to learn a little bit more about how to play the game the right way and play it under a little bit more control and happen.
Ideas faras how he is going to play the game and that's something that's important this year for the Lakers because Koosman needs to understand exactly what his role is and he needs to contribute in a big way in that role.
Kuba has been cleared to play up to 22 minutes tonight, so last game against the Mavericks on Friday, Cozma's minutes restriction was 15 to 20 minutes.
Now it's up to 22 which not a huge increase.
But it's nice to see it trending the right way.
Obviously, would rather want to see that than his minute restriction.
Go down to 15 instead of 15 to 20.
So that's a positive for the Lakers, though.
They're going to need to find someone besides LeBron and Anthony Davis to contribute for them.
Whether that be Dwight Howard, I hesitate to say whose mum? Just because it's a second game back.
So I'm not gonna put that onus on him.
Avery Bradley, Danny Green, someone else.
There needs to be 1/3 player to step up.
We know LeBron Anthony Davis.
We're gonna get theirs.
We also know that Gregg Popovich, though, is a very smart head coach.
Probably, I'd argue Gregg Popovich is the greatest head coach in the history of the N B A.
And Gregg Popovich knows the Lakers are top heavy with Laurent and 80 and let's try to force the Lakers.
To beat us with someone else doesn't mean LeBron Nancy Davis aren't going to have nice games, but I think he is going to be strategically trying to make sure he gets the ball out of Anthony Davis's hands in LeBron's hands whenever possible and tries to make the Lakers beat them with someone else.
So we'll see how that goes.
The Spurs right now are the best rebounding team in the N B A.
They're averaging 50.
Hurricane Lakers, Air 17th really get 45.
So just about six less rebounds per game.
The Lakers for most of this game, should be bigger than the Spurs, at least in the front court.
Obviously, LeBron is bigger than any small, small forward that the Spurs can throw at him.
And thank you, Jamie, for the tip.
I appreciate that.
But on the Lakers side of things, also, when Anthony Davis and either JaVale McGee or Dwight Howard or in that's a lot of sides for the Spurs to deal with.
So it'll be interesting to see how the rebounding matchup goes in terms of who wins that, because that could be a big key in this game.
Spurs as Faras three point percentage goes there right in the middle of the pack.
It 15 Lakers air down on 23rd percent.
And I talk about this in the postgame wrap up on the Lakers Mavericks game about how Lakers just aren't hitting their open shots.
They struggled, especially in the first quarter last game and on the year.
I believe they're hitting their open looks at 31 point something percent on the year, which is not good at all.
Lakers were last in the league last year, hitting their open jump shots at 34.3%.
So another down at 31%.
I don't know if that's last place in the league.
I'd have to imagine if it's not.
It's right there, though, because that is not good at all.
Different players need to step up.
Troy Daniels is someone who has gotten increased minutes to start the year I'd expect, as Cosmo starts to work his way back, Troy Daniels gets a little bit less playing time.
KCP hopefully get some less playing time.
Remember, KCP is lower case letters until he plays well because uppercase letters are big boy letters.
So lower case k c t for him right now. J. L.
McGee Also, I'd expect to get a little bit less playing time with Kuzma playing a little bit more.
I don't think his minutes we're going anywhere.
He deserves to play as much, if not more, than he's been playing so far.
But expect Anthony Davis to play a little bit more of the five tonight, then we've seen in the past, even though I've been pleasantly surprised with how much he has been willing to play the five.
So we'll see if that trend continues.
But those are the main players that I think we'll see a little bit of a decrease in minutes played tonight just because Koosman is going be playing about 22 hopefully up to 22.
Last game it was between 15 and 20 finished with 18 minutes, so just because it's up to 22 doesn't mean necessarily.
But I would expect him to be right around at least the 20 minute mark, and hopefully he plays a little bit better than he did on Friday.
Friday was a rough game for him.
I'm really just trying to see if he can just improve, even if it's just incrementally each game as he tries to work his way back.
I'll take that as a win.
I expect the Lakers to end up winning this game, Uh, really quickly before I get to the spread and my final prediction on it.
I just wanted to bring up one note about with the Lakers missing all of their open shots and who needs to step up with that? Obviously, Kyle Kuzma.
I'm expecting him to start hitting more shots.
I think he was over three on freezed last night, so I'd expected to still take a few more games, though, before he starts to get back into a rhythm.
So for this game, I'm not looking so much for him to hit his open breeze, although that would be nice.
But I am looking for Troy Daniels, who right now is shooting his three years below 30% said in my Last Scream.
If Troy Daniels isn't hitting his threes, there's no reason why he should be in this game, because that is literally all that he does.
He shoots threes, and usually he shoots them very well.
Over the course of his career, he's shot the three over 40% for his career.
This season, though, below 30%.
He literally does not do anything else.
He does not play defense.
He cannot handle the ball he cannot distribute.
He is one of, I think, seven or eight players in the history of the N B A.
With over probably one or 2000 career minutes where he actually has more career turnovers than assists.
So, yeah, Troy Daniels does not really do anything other than shoot.
And when he can't shoot, you shouldn't be in there.
So it's pretty tough for the Lakers, though, when Troy Daniels can't shoot.
KCP has been struggling as well.
Who else do you bring off the bench to be that backup shooting guard Alex Caruso, who have been saying, needs to get more minutes, but he hasn't been shooting the ball too well from three.
Avery Bradley, the team's starting point guard, hasn't been shooting it so well.
I am not sure exactly what is.
Numbers are from three.
Let me look those up really quickly, but he hasn't stuck out to me as someone who's been shooting it too well, either, although, but Quinn Cook and Troy Daniels, heir to that, should be shooting the three really well.
Troy Daniels for the years only shooting or Quinn Cook's are for the years on the shooting, 23.
1% on freeze, taking 2.
6 threes for game, only making point.
That's I know it's really early on overreacted stuff, but it is a little alarming that so many of the Lakers players have struggled from.
The obviously have talked about Anthony Davis's struggles on threes.
Repeatedly, he's shooting 18.
8% currently from three.
He's only hit a three in one of the 1st 5 games, so that's a trend that I really hope doesn't continue.
It really does seem like every good shooter that the Lakers have had really is long as I remember, not just while they've been bad, but for a long time.
Whenever they get someone who is known as being a good three point shooter, they just shoot the ball worse when they're on the Lakers and I don't know why, I I really don't know.
I don't know if it has to do with the lights just being brighter in L.
And people kind of crumbling under that pressure, who knows, But I mean Quinn Cook's been to one to N B A or one championship into two n b A finals.
He's someone who the lights shouldn't affect him by now.
Look, it's just not understandable.
It's not an excuse, and it shouldn't be an excuse.
So hopefully that trend stops.
And hopefully, this is the first night on the way to making that trend stop before I get out of here, though, of course, my pick for the game.
So I said I'd expect the Lakers to win this one Lakers Air favored by one and 1/2 just like they were Friday night against the Mavericks.
I am going to take the Lakers in this one.
I'm going to take the Lakers to win this one by a score of 1 10 to 104 So Lakers win by six over Under is to 18.
So going off of my prediction, that would be the under.
That's a little close, though, so we'll see what happens with that.
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