The 2013 NBA live stream and televised games schedule reveals a Western Conference matchup that will bring two of the games top stars onto the court to do battle. It will be Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers taking on Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, in a game which some may see as lopsided, even with Kobe Bryant back in the lineup. The latest televised and live stream NBA game will be featured for fans on the ESPN networks Friday night.
The LA Times website reported on Dec. 12 that Lakers star Kobe Bryant will take over the point guard role for the team for the foreseeable future. On Thursday, the team announced that guard Steve Blake suffered a torn ligament in his right elbow, leaving him out of the lineup. Two-time MVP Steve Nash is still trying to recover from back issues, while Jordan Farmar has a torn hamstring. That leaves Kobe, who just returned from his own injury rehab and recovery, as the only option left. His first assignment? Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night in OKC.
As ESPN.com reported recently, Bryant is optimistic that his team will get through the injury woes as he and the squad adapt. He told the media:
"It's a process. You just continue to figure out what you can and can't do. Every game, you try to step up and do a little bit more and just go from there."
While having Kobe back in the lineup is a good thing for Los Angeles, they'll be facing a team that is 17-4 overall and 10-0 at home. Leading scorer Kevin Durant has had at least 35 points in four of his last five meetings with the Lakers, which could make for a dynamic scoring duel between he and Kobe Bryant. However, with Bryant having to also guard Westbrook, it could be a long game tonight for the Lakers superstar. Durant said of how his OKC team has been playing recently:
"We put our mind set every time we set out on defense first and on the team first. That's what we have been doing. We have putting everything aside. We put our individual stats, shots, rebounds, and assists aside. We are grinding our system offensively and defensively.
We have to just keep it up. We just have to have that mindset where we can't let anything distract us from what we want to do in the game."
Oklahoma City started out as 10 point favorites over the Lakers for tonight's matchup and have since risen to as high as 13 point favorites at various books. The over/under for this game is set at a total of 209 1/2 points at different sports books. Notable injuries include those mentioned above for the Lakers at the guard position.
Friday night's Lakers vs. Thunder NBA game has a scheduled start time of 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The game will be featured in standard or hi-definition for cable and satellite TV viewers on ESPN. Additionally, the game will be live streaming online. Fans who have access to WatchESPN broadband sports network will be able to watch the feed on their laptop or mobile device, also starting at 8 p.m. EST.