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The first of three encounters between these teams over the next 9 days is a tip this evening in San Antonio

There was a lot to enjoy in Spurs’ 2-1 start to the season The young players that San Antonio has designed in recent years are just as much in the spotlight, if not more than the vets, while the same vets have theirs Changed their own games to compliment the youth movement. If a few empty possessions didn’t end the game against the Pelicans on Sunday night, the good guys would be 3-0 in the young season

Today’s game against LeBron James and defending champions Los Angeles Lakers starts with a busy schedule that will last until early February.San Antonio will play 20 games over a 35 day period, at least every other day, with a handful of SEGABABAs for good Measures to be used Of these 20 games, 16 are against bubble teams and 12 against playoff teams from last season. Today’s game is the first of three meetings between these two teams in the next 9 days

With the Lakers at 2-2, the Spurs have a chance to catch them early in the season before they have managed to fully gel and incorporate all of their new pieces

After the 17th Championship in franchise history, the Lakers have taken several steps in their roster, in large part due to the short-term deals the players have signed there over the past three years that James has been there that has given them so much Allowing flexibility as possible into the summer.While James and the great Anthony Davis anchor the entire show, the offseason newcomers Dennis Schroder, Wesley Matthews, Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell offer just enough of some of the members of last year’s team and bring in some new ones too Stuff with could make these Lakers feel very different

Take, for example, the acquisition of Schroder later this summer to fill the void that Rajon Rando’s departure left in the free agency. Schroder is more of a point guard with the first score than Rondo’s style that of a pure old-school point guard. He’s also had his best season as a 3-point shooter (38% on 5 tries last year at OKC) which Rondo was generally never known for. The Lakers may miss some of Rondo’s gimmicks , but Schroder offers just enough of what he has brought while bringing something else to the table at the same time

It’s been easy to point at San Antonio over the past few seasons and lament the selection of shots, especially the overabundance of middle-range shots This is especially true of their well-known players as DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge ended their NBA careers with shots, considered the least desirable in basketball today.These shots are still part of their repertoire, but both of these take these looks from 3 when presented with them to varying degrees of success

That willingness to let it fly has spread to the entire team. Back to preseason: The Spurs try on average nearly 33 attempts per game from the outside, which would have put them in the middle of the field last year and more in line with what can be seen across the league of the 6 games they were eligible for (including preseason), only one showed fewer than 31 attempts beyond the arc to win the opener against the Memphis Grizzlies (25)

NBA life is going pretty well for sophomore wing Keldon Johnson After an eye-opening performance on Tim Duncan’s head coaching debut late last season, “The Mustang” saw Gregg Popovich and Spurs commentators referring to him , July was a significant time in the Orlando Bubble earn a spot in Pop’s bubble rotation Fast forward a few months and he’s on the grid on opening night after injury speculation made it seem like he was missing out on a bit of time, a devastating blow to a team Derrick White already misses

If there was an injury it was clearly insignificant Johnson was phenomenal early in the season, scoring double-doubles in the loss to the Pelicans, while only shy of rebounding in the Spurs win against the Raptors being 9 Rebound and the ensuing free throws in that game put San Antonio in the waning seconds and secured him a 5-point win

The game against the Pelicans was a great example of the type of player Johnson plays offensive, he will take open shots, find the open man (5 assists), take care of the ball and attack the rim without fear while he is on defensive side has a big body to hamper opposing players and get them going. With both Johnson and Lonnie Walker IV playing well early on, Pop could make an interesting decision once Derrick White is ready to make his season debut / p>

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