Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers – Game #5

After winning their first two games of the season, the San Antonio Spurs have now lost two straight. Their last loss came against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday evening by a final score of 121-107. Tonight, the Spurs will play the Lakers again and will be aiming for revenge.

In their first matchup of the season, L.A. hit 14-of-26 from three-point range — which proved to be too much for San Antonio to handle. The Spurs were able to stay within striking distance for much of the game but could never get over the hump.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Update

The big news for the Spurs is that Derrick White is back. He’ll be in uniform for San Antonio for the first time this season. He had been sidelined following toe surgery in the offseason.

LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed last game due to soreness in his left knee, is once again questionable for tonight’s affair. Quinndary Weatherspoon hasn’t played yet this season due to knee surgery and he remains out.

Los Angeles Lakers Injury Update

Before Wednesday’s contest, LeBron James was listed as questionable due to an ankle injury. The superstar not only suited up for the Lakers, he led Los Angeles with 26 points and eight assists in a team-high 35 minutes.

Alex Caruso (COVID-19 protocols) will be out once again.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

With White back in action, it’s difficult to predict what head coach Gregg Popovich will do with regard to the team’s starting lineup. He could decide to keep the starting five the same and go with Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker IV, DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson and LaMarcus Aldridge (or, if Aldridge is unable to go, Jakob Poeltl).

If White is going to start, expect him to start in place of either Keldon Johnson or Lonnie Walker IV. The last we saw of White, he was starting and Johnson was coming off the bench — so that could be the alignment Popovich goes with again.

How Derrick White Could Help the Spurs Beat the Lakers

The Spurs offense was stagnant at times on Wednesday. White, who is arguably the best passer on the team, should be able to help with that. He will also give the Spurs another capable three-point shooter. Additionally, his defense — particularly in terms of his help-defense — should help San Antonio stop the Lakers from getting so many clean looks from beyond the three-point line.