Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Tip-off: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – 9:30 PM ET
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
The Los Angeles Lakers have gone through a rough patch all season long so YouWager bettors should not be surprised about the amount of attention given to Kobe Bryant’s tweets.
The star player tweeted throughout the team’s defeat versus the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Bryant, out for the season with a torn Achilles, was not easy on the Lakers’offense on his Twitter account while watching the national broadcast Sunday afternoon.
According to Bryant he no longer tweet during games, saying he doesn’t want to be a distraction. However several wonder if he was.
Metta World Peace’s eccentricities aside, the Lakers have much more to worry about entering Game 2 tonight.
The Lakers entered the NBA playoffs having won five straight, averaging 105 points in that streak, but had its third-lowest point total of the season in the 91-79 defeat in the opener.
Los Angeles shot 41 percent (30-for-73), including 3-for-15 from 3-point range. Howard and Paul Gasol combined to go 13-for-25, while guards added Steve Nash and Steve Blake 11-for-28.
The team spent their two off-days following Game 1 working on their offense. Bryant’s injury April 12 forced Los Angeles to change the playbook on the fly from a perimeter-based set to one that features Howard down low.
The Lakers limited the Spurs to 38-percent shooting, however San Antonio tried 12 more shots and had nine turnovers compared to 18 for Los Angeles.
Manu Ginobili had 18 points in 19 minutes in his second game after missing nine straight with a strained right hamstring. The 35 year-old scored eight straight points to close the third quarter, assisting San Antonio take a 70-57 lead.
According to D’Antoni, Los Angeles doesn’t have any secrets to stopping Ginobili.