There will be plenty to track between Ball and Smith Jr., from how they operate in the pick-and-roll (both have performed poorly by the numbers this season) to what each one does to show out against the other (think dunks, three-pointers, more dunks, pinpoint passes and have we mentioned dunks?).
LaVar Ball had some not-so-nice things to say about Lakers head coach Luke Walton last weekend, and ever since then, there have been a number of National Basketball Association head coaches who have shared their thoughts on what LaVar had to say.
The Purple and Gold enforced a high level of defense with 15 steals, five coming from guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Anyone expecting to see a more aggressive version of Ball after his efficient showing against the Spurs-18 points on the strength of four three-pointers-was left disappointed.
Granted we have heard little from management themselves, they would be hard-pressed to put this kind of information out to the public before they make sure all of their business is in order. "I'm just trying to take it day by day, trying to get better and stronger and learn as much as I can while I'm out". They answered with a 15-3 run of their own to grab a two-point lead with just under four minutes to play.
Spurs: Pau Gasol had nine points and 12 rebounds in the 37-year-old Spaniard's latest return to the city where he won two championships alongside Kobe Bryant, whose two retired jersey numbers now hang in the Staples Center rafters.
The Razorbacks shot a season-worst 33.3 percent in the loss, including a startling 6 of 33 (18.2 percent) in the first half. Lonzo, who has appeared in 35 games, is up to 10.2 points per game, in addition to 7.1 assists and 7.1 rebounds per night. A groin injury would sideline Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard was also out because of a left shoulder strain.
The Spurs' leading bench scorer at 11.5 points per game, Gay is slated to miss his eighth consecutive game Saturday. "I was very candid with him", Popovich said. They understand what wins and loses, what they have to do to get an advantage and really understand the game, which he does. "Because we're not going to get for you talent-wise what we would want, so let's figure this thing out.' And we did".
Lakers: Open a three-game road trip at the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.