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Spurs have little trouble with Lakers on the way to 2-0 series lead

Apr 25, 2013, 1:35 AM EST

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The necessary adjustments the Lakers needed to make in order to have a shot in Game 2 against the Spurs were only going to work if they were able to turn in a similar defensive performance that held the Spurs to 37.6 percent shooting in Game 1 of the series.

Since San Antonio used a combination of efficient ball movement and balanced scoring, and got a superstar performance from Tony Parker in the second half, any small improvements the Lakers made on the offensive end were rendered meaningless. As a result, the Spurs cruised to a 102-91 victory that gives them a 2-0 series lead heading back to Los Angeles.

In the first half, it was Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili doing the damage for the Spurs offensively. Leonard had 14 points at the intermission, while Ginobili did what he does, scoring a quick and devastating 12 points while playing just over 10 first half minutes.

Parker then took control in the third, scoring 15 points in the period to extend the Spurs’ lead to as many as 13 points. He added nine more in the fourth, giving him 24 of his game high 28 points in the second half.

The Spurs as a team shot 51.2 percent from the field for the game, including 7-14 (50 percent) from three-point distance.

The Lakers did a decent job of cleaning up their mistakes from the game before in terms of not being so predictable in forcing the ball into the post. Pau Gasol finished the game without a turnover, while Dwight Howard committed five of the team’s 13 it totaled in the game. But even though the spacing was better and the actions before the post entry were more effective, the Lakers have no quickness from their guards on the perimeter, which allows San Antonio to recover and contest shots after doubling the post far too easily.

The Spurs continue to get away with playing Matt Bonner for extended stretches against Howard and Gasol, and have been unable to consistently punish him when he’s on the defensive end. Bonner spent plenty of time fronting the post, and it was effective enough to deter the guards from trying those passes on more than one possession.

Bonner finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes. By contrast, Howard finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, and four blocked shots in 32 minutes. Just one more area where the Lakers should have a much bigger advantage if they’re going to have any chance of winning even a single game in this series.

Meanwhile, there’s more news on the injury front that L.A. will have to deal with in advance of Game 3 on Friday. Steve Nash played 31 minutes and contributed nine points and six assists, but he was laboring just to get up and down the floor, and was clearly limping by the time he checked out midway through the fourth once the game was decided. Nash said postgame he’d have another epidural or two to try to get himself ready for Game 3.

Jodie Meeks sat this one out with an ankle injury, and he’s scheduled to have an MRI to assess the extent of the damage. Steve Blake left late in the fourth quarter with a right hamstring injury, and he’s scheduled for an ultrasound on Thursday.

Ultrasounds and epidurals are supposed to be discussions involving pregnant women, not professional basketball players.

It just shows once again how far off the rails things have gone for the Lakers due to all of their injuries, but should the Spurs continue their high level of play on both ends of the floor, the pain of this season in Los Angeles will only need to be endured for two more games.

  1. spthegr8 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    @kobeluver-phargis
    In case you haven’t noticed it ( which you probably haven’t, cuz you spend your time trolling Laker post ) Your boys ( at least I heard you are a C’s fan cuz you never post about the Celtics, only the Lakers ) Are getting there A$$’s handed too them too. So you have NO room too talk but unfortunately for us, that has NEVER stopped you before!! Maybe the Laker fans should stoop down too the level of you TROLLS and join the party when we are elimanted??? When in Rome……….

  2. lakerluver - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    @spthenotsogr8, I have one username, LAKERLUVER, and one team, the LAKERS, thank you, sir.
    @andrew, good point, all the “experts” blamed Kobe for the lack of shots Pau and Dwight were getting. Well, who is to blame now?!
    @pudgiepaul, I don’t recall any “real” LAKERS fans predicting 70 victories. We don’t waste or time with silly predictions. Even the Showtime LAKERS and Kobe/Shaq LAKERS never focused on setting records in the regular season. HOWEVER, I do recall you saying, “if the LAKERS get Nash and Dwight they would win the title”. Now you’re talking junk. What a fraudulent numbskull you are, sir.

  3. klownboy - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Can anyone tell me why D’Antoni refuses to use Howard and Pau in the low post? He has such a height advantage over San Antonio in the frontcourt. So much for the Lakers winning in 6. http://wp.me/p1gCK6-DE

  4. magicbucs - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Kobe not being there is no excuse. DWIGHT MADE THE FINALS WITHOUT KOBE BEFORE and made it to 2 conference finals without Kobe.

    • gopherz - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      LAKERS what a piece of CRAP?

  5. jimeejohnson - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    A hater’s life sucks!

  6. gopherz - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    LAKERS what a piece of CRAP?

  7. kobeluver - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Lakerdummy:
    You dont make outlandish predictions huh?
    1. “I see 2 more rings for Kobe and 2 for Nash” 7-19-12 on the Dwight Howard has a change of heart story.
    2. ” I Dont care what the Vegas odds are, the lakers are hanging #17 next season 8-13-12 on the lakers round out roster story.
    3. “This lakers roster isn’t too old to win a title or THREE.” 8-10-2012 on the 4 team deal finalized story.

    Finding these 3 took me 5 minutes. You are once again a liar and made too look like an over the top, know nothing fool.

    P.S. I have the thread to the story where you agreed to my bet proposal.You remember that one that says if the lakers don’t make it past the 2nd round, you are off this site for good?
    If you want to refresh your memory, its the one titled Kobe says shut up and let us work dated around 8-2-12.
    You have a very short time left on this site, you should make the most of it.

    Rest assured, if you don’t honor the bet, you’ll hear about it daily. All of your aliases need to disappear too.Be a man for once in your life.

  8. wsuperman4445 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    Conversation just heard out side the lakers Management to David Stern… Hey we just heard that Westbrook got hurt is is out for the playoffs… ( laughing heard outside the office) yea, is it too late to change and play the Thunder on Sunday? we change our mind.. no they are not too Athletic at all!.. now..

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