Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times noted the forward was diagnosed with a mild left ankle sprain. The Spurs finally took the lead back when Forbes hit his second three-pointer of the game on a 15-3 run. "They rushed us, we tried to keep up with their pace and play at the same pace that they were".
The Purple and Gold enforced a high level of defense with 15 steals, five coming from guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. A third trip in four years this season was all but a given for many in Arkansas last month while the school dominated much of its non-conference schedule.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points for the Spurs, who were without standout small forward Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) for the third straight game. "We got close a couple of times, but then we would turn it over some more due to [the Lakers'] defensive pressure".
But on Thursday night, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich shared what might be the strongest take on the situation yet.
Forbes' minutes have been up in a recent five game stretch, average 26 minutes a game while scoring 10 points a night.
Spurs: Pau Gasol had nine points and 12 rebounds in the 37-year-old Spaniard's latest return to the city where he won two championships alongside Kobe Bryant, whose two retired jersey numbers now hang in the Staples Center rafters.
The Spurs' leading bench scorer at 11.5 points per game, Gay is slated to miss his eighth consecutive game Saturday.
"Whenever anyone says anything about another individual or about the quality of another individual or what they're doing, I think the first thing to look at is the substance and gravitas of the source that speaks", Popovich said.
The San Antonio Spurs have split their last six games but they will be looking to build on Monday's 107-100 road win over the Kings. He responded with a calculated takedown of LaVar in which he referred to the Ball family patriarch as "just another fan in the peanut gallery" and said his opinion is "meaningless". You get me a talent like Kevin Durant, and I'll drive you to the airport.
"'So it's one of two things: Shut up, fall in line, let Luke do what he's going to do and let Lonzo play how Lonzo wants to play or we'll start taking calls.' Magic Johnson, the Magic Johnson has to say that".
"You want to know what people are saying behind the scenes?"
The All-Star's availability for Saturday's game against Denver remains uncertain.