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The San Antonio Spurs are another team that is playing the way the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to play.
With a skilled big man in the legendary Tim Duncan, the Spurs score in a variety of ways that conform to D'Antoni's ideal offense.
With an emphasis on pushing the break after every rebound, the Spurs try their best to get easy baskets and have a roster loaded with three-point shooters.
Furthermore, Duncan is a very capable pick-and-roll player, and he and Tony Parker have built a dependable rapport over the years.
With such versatility in their offense, the Spurs resemble the Phoenix Suns of old. However, they don't push the break nearly as often as the Suns did, but are very skilled in the half-court set as well.
Having lost a close game to the Spurs earlier this season, the Lakers will need to be ready for a fight against this veteran squad.
Duncan is skilled enough to neutralize an ailing Pau Gasol. Thus, Dwight Howard is going to have to dominate in the low post against lesser big men such as Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw when the Big Fundamental isn't guarding him.
Furthermore, with the Spurs' ability to play at a fast of slow pace, the Lakers will have to execute well in both sets to keep up with the Spurs.
At the peak of his career, Steve Nash struggled to contain fast point guards such as Tony Parker. At this point, Parker may have a field day against the Canadian.
Thus, Howard is going to be relied on to provide a lot of help in the paint.
There is no doubt that the Lakers are going to have their hands full. The Spurs will be one of the toughest teams they'll face this season.
Pulling out a win against these Spurs would go a long way in establishing confidence and momentum as the season rolls along.