Five takeaways from the Lakers’ 119-98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs
Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Dejounte Murray battle for a rebound against Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. in the fourth quarter.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon dunks over Lakers forward Brandon Ingram.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is honored at halftime.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and Thomas Robinson battle for a rebound with Spurs forward David Lee.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers forward Julius Randle gets a shot off against Spurs guard Manu Ginobili.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Spurs guard Danny Green blocks the shot of Lakers center Ivica Zubac, but David Lee (not pictured) is called for a foul.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers Tarik Black has the ball knocked away by Spurs Pau Gasol while driving to the basket.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers Pau Gasol gets a shot off in front of Lakers Larry Nance Jr.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers Jordan Clarkson and Spurs David Lee battle for a rebound.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers Brandon Ingram is about to dunk on Spurs Pau Gasol.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Spurs Tony Parker scores against Lakers Ivica Zubac at the Staples Center Sunday.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
As Spurs Pau Gasol puts the pick on Lakers Nick Young, Manu Ginobili dribbles past them.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
On Sunday afternoon, the Lakers were able to avoid the same kind of disaster that befell them the last time they played San Antonio.
But it still didn’t go well, especially in the first half.
Here are five takeaways from the Lakers’ 119-98 loss to the Spurs.
1. This game tested the limits of Lakers Coach Luke Walton’s positivity. He thought the locker room was dead pre-game, which turned out to be a harbinger of what was to come in the first half.
2. To try to solve that energy issue, Walton turned to Thomas Robinson, who hasn’t played since Jan. 22. Robinson entered the game with 7:05 left in the second quarter. He scored six points, grabbed three rebounds and had a steal between then and halftime. One score came on a putback dunk on which Robinson reached a couple feet behind him to grab the ball and slam it through the hoop.
3. Tyler Ennis was available for the first time since Thursday’s trade deadline, and played eight minutes and five seconds. He scored five points, had two assists, one offensive rebound and a steal. “I thought I did my job of pushing the ball,” Ennis said. “Trying to get used to guys still a little bit, just making the open shot when it’s there. Making plays. I feel like that’ll help us a lot.”
4. Fun fact about Ennis: Growing up in Toronto, he was a big fan of then-Raptors guard Jose Calderon. Ennis was 11 when Calderon’s Raptors career began in 2005.
5. The Lakers had only 16 assists to the Spurs’ 37. The Lakers had only seven assists in the second half. They also gave up 27 points off their 19 turnovers.
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