Lakers don’t have enough to match Spurs’ depth in 134-94 loss

first_img“We want to be aggressive, but there is a fine line between being aggressive and doing dumb things,” Walton said. “Sometimes when we were being aggressive, we were also doing dumb things.”Lakers forward Julius Randle (8 for 13) initially kept the game competitive with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, which he attributed to his aggressiveness. But then he pointed blame on himself for the Spurs outrebounding the Lakers 49-26.“We all weren’t ready to play,” Randle said. “They came out and were more aggressive.”Still, Popovich said Walton “has done a great job in establishing a culture” before raving about his basketball intelligence as an 11-year NBA role player.“When you get a compliment from someone like that, you take it. But it doesn’t make us better,” Walton said. “We still have to come and grind, work and know we have a long journey ahead.”The Lakers’ latest performance provided a good reminder of that as San Antonio’s depth and experience seemed light years ahead. “We gave up too quickly as if this is going to be hard for us,” Walton said. “That is not okay. That is not the way we want to play as a team.”After the Lakers whittled an 18-point deficit to as few as four, the Spurs exposed cracks in the Lakers’ youthful foundation by exerting their dominance.Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell fouled Leonard on a buzzer-beating 3-point attempt, which resulted in three made foul shots with three-tenths of a second left before halftime. The Lakers missed 10 of their first 11 shots, while the Spurs scored 36 third-quarter points.“At point guard, everything starts with me,” said Russell, who had only nine points on 4-of-13 shooting and three assists. “With not getting off to a great start, that started with me. Us not getting stops early started with me. So that’s something I need to get better at.”Walton also would like the Lakers to get better at their fouling. Though he has seen relative improvement since training camp, the Lakers collected 25 fouls as the Spurs went 26-of-29 from the free-throw line. SAN ANTONIO >> The nightmares have stopped turning into reality for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has finally coached against the Lakers without worrying about how Kobe Bryant would ruin his day.Longtime Spurs great Tim Duncan can no longer torment the Lakers, but the Spurs still have plenty that worry the Lakers. In their 134-94 loss to San Antonio on Thursday at AT&T Center, the Lakers received another reminder of their learning curve and how the Spurs maintain continuity through any changes.While the Lakers (15-28) unsuccessfully clawed back from a poor start with their young roster, San Antonio (31-8) posted a season-high on points by relying on the traits that have made them arguably the league’s most consistent franchise through five NBA titles and 19 consecutive playoffs.San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, the latest face of the franchise, had 31 points on 10-of-13 shooting, Former Lakers center Pau Gasol added 22 points and nine rebounds while going 9 for 9 from the field. Spurs guard Tony Parker added an efficient 13 points and six assists while shooting 6 for 10.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lady Maroons go for dream crown vs Lady Tams

first_imgUP hacked out an unexpected 14-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18, 15-5 victory late Sunday to move closer to ending a long title drought. UP last won a UAAP volleyball crown in 1982.“I was surprised. They were all cheering, the whole crowd. Everywhere I look around, there were (UP) fans. Where do they come from? I think from Diliman, yeah?” said UP coach Godfrey Okumu in jest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“But it’s great. I really admire the fans. It gives me the drive, the purpose to serve the community and the people who love the game,” he added.UP goes for a sweep on Wednesday against a still-dangerous Far Eastern U side at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Lady Maroons know the title won’t get handed to them on a silver platter. They are expecting a fightback as tenacious as their rally from two sets down in Game 1 when they take on the Lady Tamaraws in Game 2 of their best-of-three series.Gametime is at 6:30 p.m.The Lady Maroons drew a combined 45 points from Molde, Buitre and Rosier and the three are expected to pour on the heat anew even as FEU deals with an injury dilemma with Celine Domingo, who remains a doubtful starter following her late exit in Game 1.Domingo was forced to leave early in the fifth set after sustaining a knee injury. She never returned and the Lady Tams yielded the game, which they were heavily fancied to win after taking the first two sets.Domingo finished with nine hits, four aces and three blocks with her continued absence sure to further bolster the Lady Maroons’ title drive.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Still, the Lady Tams are going all out to force a sudden death with skipper Kyle Negrito guaranteeing a big FEU comeback. FEU coach George Pascua is also confident of his wards’ chances.“I know my team. Like we did against UST (in the semis). I hope we’ll win Games 2 and 3,” said Pascua.Meanwhile, National U also shoots for a sweep of the men’s crown as it tangles with UST at noon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sports Briefs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Marian Buitre is one of the three aces UP will lean on in Game 2. —AUGUST DELA CRUZIt’s been quite a long time since University of the Philippines won a volleyball crown.But with the trio of Isa Molde, Marian Buitre and Roselyn Rosier fired up by a loud crowd that cheered them on in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference finals, the Lady Maroons suddenly found themselves on the threshold of a dream finish.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more