San Antonio Spurs vs. LA Lakers: Game 3 Preview, Schedule and Predictions

Well, Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers certainly have their work cut out for them.

The San Antonio Spurs have a 2-0 series lead over a Lakers team that is giving a whole new meaning to the word "depleted." Los Angeles will likely be without a slew of key components in Game 3, paving the way for Gregg Popovich's crew step on the throat of Tinseltown's postseason aspirations.

No team in NBA history has ever come back to win a series after falling behind 3-0, and while any organization would welcome becoming the first, the Lakers don't want to put themselves in that position.

Hollywood was 29-12 at Staples Center during the regular season, so there's that to place stake in. The Spurs are, however, tied for the NBA's best road record on the year (23-18).

Can the Lakers find a way to persevere through an overwhelming number of injuries to salvage any and all postseason hopes, or will the Spurs continue to eye a series sweep?


Time: Friday, April 26, 10:30 p.m. ET


Where: Staples Center; Los Angeles, California

Series Record: 2-0 Spurs


Key Storyline: Is There Any Hope for the Battered Lakers?

My whole "Lakers will take the Spurs to six games" rant really isn't looking too good right about now.

Per Marc Stein of, Steve Blake is out indefinitely and both Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks are doubtful for Game 3.

Ouch (pun intended).

The Lakers have battled injuries all season long, but never to this degree of frequency. It seems they'll be without Blake, Nash, Meeks and Kobe Bryant when they take the court on Friday. How are they supposed to overcome that?

Paging Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris and Chris Duhon.

The sad thing is, I'm not even kidding. Los Angeles' starting lineup appears destined to resemble that of an impoverished lotte...

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