Regular Season Series: Spurs 2-1
Streaks: Lakers W 7, Spurs L 1
Since the all-star break Lakers are reminding critics that they are still a championship caliber team going a perfect 7-0. Tonight was absolute confirmation of it. Everyone keeps talking about a switch that the champs have locked out and tagged out for the playoffs. Apparently the playoffs started Feb. 22nd.
Lakers have just gone bonkers since Kobe's MVP performance. It's as if the team had this magical meeting to suddenly start playing like we all know them to be.
Not easy opponents to say the least. Four of the seven teams with winning records, Atlanta, Portland, OKC and now San Antonio. Playing OKC and SA showed fans a divisional preview of the upcoming post season. Come playoff time, if we play like we did recently against Oklahoma City and tonight against San Antonio, then I have no problem forecasting to the East for potential opponents come this June.
Since the break, team statisticians have gotten carpool. Here are the standout averages from the past 7 games. Kobe is averaging 25 w/ 6 assists. Gasol is averaging 18 w/ 10 rebs, Bynum is averaging 12 boards, and Ron Ron is averaging 11 pts w/ 2 steals.
Lakers shot .467% FG while the home team shot a dismal .360% going 31-86. Only one San Antonio starter scored in double figures. Parker scored 14. If it wasn't for Gary Neal and George Hill scoring a combined 29 points to make this game somewhat interesting, Laker Joe Smith would've gotten a season high.
Matt Barnes made his debut since his Jan. 7th sprained right knee injury. He helped defensively when Artest took a breather and helped crash the boards with 6. The usual 1-2 punch in Kobe and Gasol did the most damage tonight scoring 47 together (KB 26-PG 21). Their points alone toppled their opponents first unit production. Lakers bench played well. Shannon and LO punched in with a combined 17 points, 8 assists and 8 rebs. Here's the clip in case you missed Brown's flying act.
The best team in the league looked human tonight. They lost this game early scoring only 13 to L.A.'s 34 points. From beating the Miami Heat by 30 just nights ago to losing by 16 tonight, this goes to show that the champs have what it takes to beat the leagues elite despite what skeptics say.