GAME: Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs, Game 2 of first-round series of NBA playoffs
Series: Lakers trail 1-0
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: AT&T Center
TV: TNT/Time Warner Cable SportsNet/Time Warner Cable Deportes
SAN ANTONIO – Will the Lakers officially make this a playoff series by stealing a road win? Or will they head back to Los Angeles in a 2-0 hole?
The Lakers remain convinced they can bounce back so long as they make a few adjustments.
First, they need more clarity on their personnel.
Lakers guard Jodie Meeks remains a game-time decision after nursing a sprained left ankle that kept him sidelined for the last two practices.
“I think he’s going to play, but I’m not sure,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He needs to be close to 100 percent or he shouldn’t play.”
After spending the past three months rehabbing in what the Lakers initially considered to be a season-ending injury, Lakers forward Jordan Hill has received medical clearance to suit up.
“He won’t have a lot of minutes,” D’Antoni said, but it may be some.”
Still, the Lakers have plenty of adjustments to make.
The Lakers will have to find a way for Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard to score without duplicating the 10 combined turnovers they committed in Game 1. Steve Nash will have to top a 6 of 15 shooting mark in his first game back since sitting the previous eight because of a sore right hamstring. Someone, anyone, might want to score too.
Kobe Bryant isn’t coming through that door. Nor will he Tweet while nursing a torn left Achilles tendon.
But the Lakers sound confident.
“If we play the right way, we should win this game tonight,” Howard said. “We had chances to win the last game. We didn’t capitalize on some of the mistakes they made. But there’s a lot of positives that came out of the game.”
There were a few.
The Lakers held San Antonio to 37.6 percent shooting. Although Spurs guard Tony Parker scored 18 points, it came on 7 of 18 shooting. The Lakers surely showed enough effort, unlike plenty of regular-season contests.
Still, it’s easier said than done in making these improvements. The Spurs have cemented a solid reputation as a fundamentally sound team. San Antonio also has a 35-6 home record.
“We have to be extremely disciplined and fight and be physical,” Nash said. “We have to execute. It’s a tall order. I don’t think the formula is anything new, but it’s a tall order to execute it.”