I hear you Spurs fans, it was just one game and there’ll be two more games against the Lakers in the next ten days…..but seriously, you know better.
The San Antonio Spurs were dominated by the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night, and personally dominated by Andrew Bynum‘s 30 rebounds…..yes, I said three-zero. Metta World Peace added 26 in a throwback night as Ron Artest circa 2007. Oh, Kobe Bryant added…..zero.
The Lakers were without their immortal star again due to a shin injury. They played great defense all night, controlled the glass, and limited the turnovers. But then again, this should come as no surprise…..
A few weeks back I complimented San Antonio on their great season but warned that they may be in heading for a similar ending as last year…..an early playoff exit. Last night’s events at the AT&T Center only strengthen my case.
The Spurs have an aging player at center (sorry, he hasn’t been a PF for years people) and little athleticism inside overall. While Stephen Jackson and Manu Ginobili are game-changing enigmas on the perimeter, there is little that leads me to believe that this team has another level to go to when the playoffs start.
This is a solid team that executes and a group that knows their roles individually…..that’s what allows them to play consistently in this torrid 66-game season while other teams swing up and down like a seesaw (76ers, Mavericks, Hawks, Clippers, Magic…you get the picture).
Maybe Wednesday night was just an example of the Lakers playing better without their superstar scorer…..getting more balanced scoring and being disciplined on offense. Perhaps the Spurs didn’t gameplan for that Laker team, but expected the Mamba-led one they will likely see two more times next week.
Perhaps…..if their coach wasn’t Gregg Popovich. Nope, this group is always prepared…..they just aren’t always good enough.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Spurs on the glass. Their next opponent is Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies…..enjoy.
Oh, and for those of you asking…I’m taking Lakers in 5.
UPDATE: (4/17/12) The Spurs repaid the favor in L.A., domianting the Lakers who were agin without Kobe Bryant.