Spurs keeping Lakers' supporting cast in check

Updated: May 9, 2003, 11:28 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant have combined for 115 points and 20 rebounds in two losses to the San Antonio Spurs with the third Western Conference semifinal game scheduled for tonight at the Staples Center.

The problem, though, is that they have yet to demand the double-team, cure cancer or wipe out world hunger and the rest of the Laker starting rotation is suffering.

"A lot of teams feel like the [Laker role] players can't beat them, but [the Spurs] know that we can," Derek Fisher said in the L.A. Times. "So they would rather take their chances playing Shaq and Kobe one-on-one, because they have guys they feel can do that, which makes it hard on the rest of us. It's not like I'm getting opportunities and I'm passing them up. For me to start forcing shots is not the answer."