San Antonio at L.A. Lakers
When: 10:30 PM ET, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: FSSW, TWSN, C+D, NBATV
(Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Lakers will go in search of its third successive victory under interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff when they take on the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
The Lakers were 1-4 when Mike Brown was fired last Friday, but have been slowly building and will look to go 3-0 before the newly appointed Mike D’Antoni takes over.
D’Antoni, who surprisingly got the job ahead of Phil Jackson, the man many thoughts would have gotten the job – is reportedly set to start on Friday.
Lakers will again be without starting point guard Steve Nash, who has been ruled out for atleast another week because of a foot injury.
However, the likes of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, who seems to be finding his rhythm again this season – are expected to do the bulk of the scoring again on Tuesday.
“I’ve been around a lot of teams, and this is the consummate professional group,” Bickerstaff said.
“No one’s naive. They’ve been around a long time and we’ve been around a long time, so they understand.”
The Lakers, though, will be mindful of the Spurs, who are 6-1 on the season and playing very good basketball.
San Antonio are shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from the three point range.
The team needed a career-high 27 points from Gary Neal fend off a determined Portland on Saturday before coming away with a 112-109 win.