After coming of a Christmas loss to Lebron James and the Miami heat the Lakers have a bigger challenge in front of them. Lakers who is 21-9 goes against the NBA best San Antonio Spurs who are 26-4. Lakers, who has been struggling lately with 2 straight loses at home with a 79-98 loss to milwaukee and a 80-96 loss to the Miama Heat, go on the road to a much bigger game.Bryant, averaging 16.8 points over the past four games, stressed the team must do a better job of working out its problems in practice. - something the Lakers tried to accomplish during two days off between the Heat game and this one. San Antonio, who are 17-2 at home and coming off a home victory last night with a 94-80 win over the Wizards, look to be the best in the league having 4 out of 5 starters averaging over 10 points per game with Ginobill leading the way with 19.5 PPG. San Antonio couldn't help but look ahead to this matchup. "We talked about it this morning at shootaround; make sure we respect them and that we use this game to prepare for the Lakers," point guard Tony Parker said. "We have a big game against them, obviously, and we're going to have to match their energy. I'm sure they're going to come in and look to bounce back from their loss against Miami." San Antonio, which had a 10 game win streak broke against Orlando Magic, has won 10 in a row at but faces the Lakers which has won five straight road games. The Spurs are younger, deeper, bigger and are determined to get a championship title this year. A spirited practice was a hopeful antidote to Bryant's unhappiness, but as Jackson noted, there are practical considerations as well. " We tried to cover some things we anticipate San Antonio is going to do, who are right now the best club in the NBA," explained Jackson. "We faced one that was pretty good the other day anode now we have to face one of the better ones on their floor." Lakers will try to regain there strength tuesday night at San Antonio.