Here are five takeaways from the Lakers' 108-95 defeat at
1. Reserve guard
That's ridiculous production per minute.
"It's been awhile, first time in the year," Ginobili said. "Sometimes it happens — when you start the game, and it goes your way and every shot goes in, that's it. There's not much more than that."
He also had three rookie turnovers.
"Too many turnovers," Russell said. "You turn the ball over, coaches lose confidence in you. So I just have to keep getting better at that aspect."
The Spurs are one of the best teams in the league, especially defensively, putting the inexperienced 19-year-old Russell at a disadvantage.
After scoring five points on two-of-nine shooting in 26 1/2 minutes, Bryant left the Lakers bench before the game was over.
"I'm fine. I've done that the last few games," he said. "When I'm done for the night, get a head start on treatment and stuff."
The Lakers were scheduled to fly out to Portland at 11 p.m. to visit the
"Talking to him before the game and during the game, he said he felt good," Coach
"I didn't get a chance to see him afterward," Scott said. "I know his tooth got knocked back, so he's in there now with [trainer] Gary [Vitti]. ... I'll go and check on him and see how he is."
Kelly scored seven points in 12 minutes while collecting five rebounds.
With Larry Nance Jr. out because of a sore knee, Julius Randle got the start (finishing with 12 points and 14 rebounds) — opening up rotation minutes for Kelly.
5. The Lakers are still in last place in the Western Conference, better only than the Eastern Conference's last-place Philadelphia 76ers (6-38).
The Lakers are 11 1/2 games behind the eighth-place Kings and four in back of the 13th- and 14th-place
Looking ahead to the 2016
If the Lakers climb a spot in the standings, their lottery odds for a top-three selection will dip to 46.9%.