Video: Kyle Anderson rejects Kyle Kuzma’s layup attempt
On Wednesday night, the NBA became witness to a Kyle on Kyle incident during the game at Staples Center between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers. During a Lakers fast-break attack in the third quarter, Los Angeles rookie Kyle Kuzma found a gap between San Antonio’s transition defense and proceeded to go through it. But what Kyle Kuzma thought would be an easy finger roll layup finish turned into an embarrassing play as Spurs forward Kyle Anderson came flying out of nowhere to swat his shot attempt.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 5, 2018
This is the type of aggression San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich would like to see from his players in this game. The Spurs need a win here more than the Los Angeles does. For one, San Antonio is still not assured of a playoff spot. San Antonio came into the Lakers game clutching a 45-33 record, good for fifth in the NBA. San Antonio, however, remains in danger of missing the playoffs spot. Before taking on the Lakers, San Antonio’s magic number is two.
As for Los Angeles, it is merely looking to sweep its regular-season series against San Antonio, as they are no longer in contention for a postseason seat. They defeated Kyle Anderson and the company on Jan. 11 (93-81) and on Mar. 3 (116-112).