InLukeWeTrust: Lakers owner Jeannie Buss, Magic Johnson back Luke Walton as coach

InLukeWeTrust: Lakers owner Jeannie Buss, Magic Johnson back Luke Walton as coach

InLukeWeTrust: Lakers owner Jeannie Buss, Magic Johnson back Luke Walton as coach

In a move that's become entirely predictable, LaVar Ball took another shot at the Los Angeles Lakers, who are now mired in a nine-game losing streak.

The rookie hasn't been efficient with his shot (or layups) this season, but has been grooving recently on a seven-game streak of double-digit scoring. The Spurs are now second in the Western Conference; the loss gives them a 10-13 road record. Lonzo Ball, for sure, presents some of the talents that Magic had. Danny Green is dealing with a groin injury while Tony Parker is dealing a sprained right ankle leaving both of them in doubt for Thursday, while Rudy Gay and Kawhi Leonard have already been ruled out. Dwight Powell is the league's most efficient pick-and-roll big. "He's still a handful". Lonzo has also averaged 42.9 percent from the floor, a new high considering he's only shot 34.8 percent before the Spurs game. He finished the half with 18 points.

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San Antonio hit a slump on offense for the first four minutes of the second quarter.

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"Big shoes to fill", said Worthy, now a Lakers analyst for Spectrum SportsNet. Aldridge scored eight points and Ingram secured nine in the period. And I will drive you there, get you on the plane and get you seated.' He laughed, (and) I said, 'But short of that, I'm your best buddy, because you're here for another year, and you ain't going nowhere.

Clarkson added 19 points, Kyle Kuzma had 18, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17. The Spurs' shooting would go cold for the rest of the quarter and at the end of the opening period Los Angeles led by five. Spurs icon Manu Ginobili returned to the hardwood to enforce a five-point run, bringing San Antonio within six points. They allowed LSU to shoot 52.7 percent for the game, with freshman guard Tremont Waters picking apart the Arkansas defense seemingly at will, and they offered little resistance as the Tigers pushed their lead to as many as 24 points in the first half.

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"Just continue to be aggressive", Ingram said. Spurs backcourt players went on a 7-0 run during the fourth quarter to close the margin to two points. Lopez put forth a powerful defensive effort with four steals and two blocks in the contest. Nobody wants to play for him. "Just trying to be aggressive on every single play".

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