Lakers stop Spurs for 3rd win in row

Lonzo Ball in awe of playing Manu Ginobili Vince Carter'It's crazy

Earlier this week, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called Ball the "Kardashian of the National Basketball Association", and Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle scolded ESPN for running the story. Instead, the younger Ball insisted that he'll "play for anybody" while Kyle Kuzma didn't mince words in his backing of Walton.

The Lakers, who were down by 10 points nearly midway through the fourth quarter, managed to rally to force overtime and simply got the job done on the road.

It appears that Jeanie Buss, controlling owner and president of the Lakers, is intent on proving just how erroneous those comments were.

Just look at how long he is. Defensively, however, the Lakers looked like a complete mess and lost all four games because rim protection was nearly non-existent.

Los Angeles started the second quarter with a 20-3 run in five regulated minutes.

Ingram had an aggressive offensive game, and Ball contributed 10 rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers as Los Angeles also snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Spurs at Staples Center since April 2013.

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The Lakers are set to play again Monday in Memphis.

The Lakers can 1) say nothing and let Walton dangle, which is bad; or 2) give Luke a vote of confidence, a well-known red flag for trouble, which is worse. Reggie Miller, meanwhile, suggested that Magic Johnson should threaten to trade away Lonzo Ball in order to silence his father.

If LaVar doesn't deserve the respect they have shown him, there's no embarrassing or intimidating him, either, when all he has to do in reply is talk into a live microphone.

The Golden State Warriors' head coach also implied that Ball and the media coverage he is getting was an example of how, nowadays, "it doesn't matter if there's any substance involved in an issue".

And if the last four games are a preview of what's to come, he is going to be a problem for defenses for years. The Spurs have fallen off the pace recently as their injury toll continues to grow but they're still more than good enough to get the win with the players they have left. I'm sure most of us love playing for him too. The Lakers would tie it back up thanks to a three-pointer from Brandon Ingram.

Leonard said he suffered the injury when he got hit with an elbow by one of the Phoenix Suns' big men in a game January 5 at the AT&T Center.

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