Kobe Bryant is back after missing seven games with a left shin injury, just in time for the final three games of the regular season for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are in San Antonio to battle the Spurs, current holders of the top spot in the Western Conference. Here are the relevant details of Friday night's NBA on ESPN contest:
Records: Lakers (40-23); Spurs (45-16)
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio
Time: 6:30 p.m. PDT
TV: ESPN, with Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy on the call; the game will also be broadcast locally by KCAL, wtih Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call.
Streaming: The game is also available online at ESPN3.com.
Home vs. Road: The Lakers are 15-16 on the road this season, needing to with their final two battles away from home to finish with a winning road record. After a 6-14 start away from home, the Lakers have won nine of their last 11 road contests. The Spurs are 25-5 at home this season.
Don't You Look Familiar: The Lakers and Spurs didn't see one another this season until April 11, but this is their third matchup in the last 10 days. The Lakers won 98-84 without Kobe Bryant in San Antonio on April 11, led by 30 rebounds from Andrew Bynum. Six days later, the Spurs returned the favor with a 112-91 blowout win in Los Angeles.
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