The Los Angeles Lakers won't have Kobe Bryant on Wednesday night as they conclude their three-game road trip, as they face a well-rested San Antonio Spurs squad at AT&T Center. Here are the relevant details for the NBA battle between the current No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the Western Conference.
Records: Lakers (36-22, No. 3 in West); Spurs (40-15, No. 2 in West)
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio
Time: 5:30 p.m. PDT
Kobe Out: Bryant will miss his third straight game with a left shin injury, technically termed tenosynovitis. Devin Ebanks gets the start at shooting guard, and has averaged nine points and three rebounds in 29 minutes over the last two games.
Rested Spurs Stars: San Antonio had their 11-game winning streak snapped on Monday in Utah with a 91-84 loss to the Jazz. Spurs coach Greg Popovich sat stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili for that game, something he has done multiple times in this compacted NBA season.
Get Used To Eeach Other: Amazingly, the Lakers and Spurs haven't played each other yet this season, but the two teams will face one another three times over the next 10 days. The Lakers return to San Antonio on April 20, and host the Spurs at Staples Center on April 17.
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