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Spurs take care of business against injured Lakers, lead series 3-0

Apr 27, 2013, 2:32 AM EDT

Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard AP

LOS ANGELES — This is what good teams do. They take care of business.

With injuries forcing the Lakers into lineups without any guards you can name — unless you’re a big D-League fan — the Spurs looked every bit the contender, racing out to an early double-digit lead, never letting up and cruising to a 120-89 win Friday night over the Lakers in Los Angeles. They were professional, cold and efficient all night long. They were the Spurs.

San Antonio is now up 3-0 in the series and will likely close it out Sunday in Los Angeles with a similar performance. Will the Lakers put up much of a fight?

“It’s hard to determine,” Pau Gasol said in a postgame moment of honesty. “We’ll see Sunday how much fight we have in us in order to give ourselves a chance and not have a 30 point loss at home.”

It was 31 points, which is the worst home loss in Lakers playoff history. The Lakers fans who stuck around for the end of the game chanted “we want Phil” but when you look at who is left on the Lakers’ roster Phil Jackson likely would pass.

There were no real surprises here. The Lakers stood no chance Friday night with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks all wearing suits on the bench due to injury (well, Kobe stayed in the locker room). The Lakers started Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock as their guards. Plus, Metta World Peace just had his knee drained, wasn’t moving well, went 0-for-6 shooting in the first half and didn’t play in the second.

“It’s difficult because we have lineups out there that we’re not accustomed to and it’s hard to get on the same page right away,” Gasol said. “So as much as everybody is trying, tonight there was too many breakdowns.”

Those breakdowns largely came on the defensive end, which has been the Lakers weak link all season anyway. The Spurs shot 61.2 percent for the game, and they got 56 points in the paint on 28-of-39 shooting. The Spurs averaged 123 points per 100 possessions (their season average was 105.9).

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker ate the Lakers defense up. Duncan had 26 points on 12-of-16 shooting, knocking down midrange face-ups, driving around guys and even finishing an alley-oop one handed.

Parker started to look like his old self, the one that played at an MVP level for a stretch of the season. He had 20 points on 9-of-14 shots and carved up the Lakers.

This was a slow and steady march by San Antonio that started early — the Lakers led 6-3 and then the Spurs went on a 14-2 run. It was 30-18 San Antonio after one quarter, 12 minutes in which the Spurs shot 61.1 percent. Meanwhile the Lakers shot 34.8 percent, with Morris and Goudelock shooting 1-of-6. As it has been all season, Pau Gasol and Howard shot a combined 5-9, rest of Lakers 3-14.

Howard finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds, but after the game he was clearly frustrated by the Spurs strategy of fouling him hard nearly every time he went up for a shot. He took 15 free throws on the night, making 7. Morris added 24 points, Goudelock 20 and Gasol 11.

The only bad news for the Spurs was Tiago Splitter going down in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle. He left the building on crutches but Popovich said that the X-rays were negative. Popovich said don’t expect him to play on Sunday. Expect to see a lot DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner Sunday in Game 4.

If the Spurs close out the series Sunday — and it’s hard to imagine any other outcome — Splitter could have a week to get right. That’s how long the first round of the NBA playoffs go. Duncan was okay with that.

“We’re an older team and we could use all the rest we can get,” Duncan said.

  1. brugis23 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Hahahabahahha! Freaking awesome! Half the arena was gone before the game was over, these are your true fans!

    • musician0785 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:49 AM

      Obviously you’ve never been in Downtown LA after a game….the traffic is HORRENDOUS…you would’ve left too….unlike other cow towns, we have other things to do

      • eboneseagles - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:04 AM

        The traffic after every major market game is horrendous… Fake lakers fans are fake.

      • musician0785 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        So LA traffic is comparable to traffic in OKC, or San Antonio? lmaoooo sounds like someone who’s never been to LA

      • eboneseagles - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:17 AM

        Well I live in New York where the traffic after games is terrible. I think I have a right to an opinion on this. And I haven’t been to LA you’re right. Do you want to plan a trip for me?

  2. kavika6 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Darn swiffer. I’m going to have to borrow a broom for Sunday.

    • spthegr8 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      You are correct sir. The brooms are coming out. So for us, this DREADFUL season comes too an end. But weather you go out in the first round or the Finals, if you don’t hoist that Larry O’Brien trophy the season was a failure ( IMO at least I don’t believe in silver linings or moral victories ) & unfortunately for you and other Spurs fans your season will end up being a failure too!! Cuz NEWS FLASH….. Y’all ain’t beating the Heat Bruh!!!! Your Joy will be short lived so enjoy it now.

      @ALL Laker fans
      We will be back. We don’t rebuild….. WE RELOAD!!!! & Do yourself a favor…. DON’T FEED THE TROLLS!!! They aren’t WORTH IT!!!! It’s STILL LAKESHOW ALL DAY!!!!!

      • andrewproughcfe - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Remind me why the Lakers were so desperate to get into the playoffs?

        This is ugly – should have let off the gas the last week of the season and stayed home instead of the Jazz. I don’t see any benefit to suffering through this humiliating beat-down whatsoever.

    • gopherz - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      its great that the SLIMEY LAKERS and the should be PRISON MAN KOBE are getting swept??

  3. essfjay - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    i hate how everyone is using the injuries as an excuse for the Lakers..the bulls are without drose noah can barely get up & down the court & equally have had as much if not more injuries on their roster yet they are up 2-1 on brooklyn. Lakers if healthy wouldn’t have won the series w the spurs anyway. over hyped team that didn’t gel.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:00 AM

      Yeah….but it’s Brooklyn.

      But I get your point.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Brooklyn at least has a chance. Lakers have no chance. At least you have the Clippers. Lakers are to Smell-A what Brooklyn is to New Yawk.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        @ jimee

        Negative. Get out of here with that nonsense.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:51 PM

        maltliquor: sounds like you tapped that keg of Colt 45. I like the Lakers but what part of the Lakers have no chance do you fail to acknowledge? Nonsense is in the eyes of the beholder, No Black Mamba Kobe = no championship. That’s no excuse; it’s just the way it is.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM


        The whole “Brooklyn has a chance” and that blasphemous last sentence is what I was talking about. Lakers can go 0-82 next year, LA will still be a Laker town. Always and forever. And then some. Clippers will always be “that other tenant renting space”. LAL will always own the building.

    • musician0785 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:55 AM

      So you’re saying EVERY member of the bulls’ starting 5 missed major time due to injury this year? No…..that’s just simply not true…ppl hate the Lakers so much they’ll ignore actual facts

  4. 00maltliquor - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    That was hard to watch. I mean, this whole season has been hard to watch, but the Spurs made the entire Lakers squad look like a D-League team, complete with D-League coach, nevermind the backcourt (My main dude Goudelock looked good tonight though).

    We only had 13 TOs tonight, but I swear all 13 of those TOs were the dumbest, “how could you be so careless” turnovers ever. We looked like a bunch of rookies.

    Plus letting the opposition make over 60% of their FGs for the night is NEVER gonna cut it. Let alone letting Tony Parker have his way with you like a prostitute.

    I’m praying we can muster up enough willpower to get the next game, this is just weak and Jerry does not deserve this kind of disrespect from our effort or lackthereof…eff the injuries. A D12/P. Gasol team should be good enough to get a 3rd-4th seed out East, right now we don’t even look like we deserve to be in the playoffs. So frustrating it’s embarrising. I need a whole keg of malt liquor to get over this wretched performance. And dam those “fans” in the stands for being so weak! I hate having so many frontrunners trying rep LAKERS and not stick with them to the end!

    I’m just pissed…I should just shut up now……

    Coach Pop better get COY this year after all the other mistakes made minus 6th man award.

    • progress2011 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      A KEG of Sizurp, purple, rot-gut malt liquor…….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH !!!!

      What’s the name of your projects you live in, I will send you a courtesy Keg of Colt 45 for next year, cause Ya’ll will be in the same boat next year !

      1. The FAKERS Cant afford to keep Howard
      2. Metta will be a year older and should consider his true profession of MMA
      3. Nash will grace all of us by retiring
      4. Faker Front Office has stated …..D’antoni is the coach for the long-run
      5. Fake MJ, And 1, Harlem Globetrotter, Munchhausen syndrome will return and jack up even more bricks and continue to destroy any team chemistry

      STOOPID FAKER fans will probably still predict 70 WINS AGAIN……..AHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        1. Colt 45? Why wait till next year, send one now!
        2. The Lakers can’t afford to NOT keep Howard….what are you talking about??
        3. Metta will be another year older, another year wiser. I’m not worried about Metta. He’s the man!
        4. I’ll take one more year of Steve Nash, and see what happens.
        5. D’Antoni, if he keeps this up, will be gone by the end of next season, so who cares.
        6. STOP DISRESPECTING MAMBA. Fake MJ Harlem Globetrotter blah blah blah… you hear yourself talk??? I mean, for reals! How can ANYBODY take you serious when you ramble on like that? If you’re just in the business of trolling, then you do a decent job…but if you are really trying to spit knowledge then I’d just quit if I were you and I’d go try to pick another sport to try to understand ’cause this NBA thing just ain’t working out for you.

        ….but for real….what’s up with that Colt 45 keg….?

      • progress2011 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        The rot-gut dirt water has ruined the few remaining brain cells you had….Maltliquor !!!

        I think the NBA “TROLLING” is working out fine for me and all the other knowledgeable folk that told you the FAKERS would not win 70 games !!!

        So, our knowledgeable prediction came true………Conversely, you and the BANDWAGON FAKER FANS prediction of 70 wins……….WELL !!!

        In my ramble about Fake MJ…….I forgot to mention his atrocities against women, so add that to my diatribe !!!

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Thumbed this comment up as well. Los Angeles has the best weather in the world, unless you like humidity. Los Angeles is as world class as any city east of Interstate-5. I make fun of Los Angeles but know I have nothing but envy for those who live there, unless you commute on those damned freeways, and then I pity you.

  5. 32magicman - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    So kobe was at the game but decided to stay in the locker room instead of supporting his team from the bench?!! What a great teammate…… Not

    • musician0785 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:47 AM

      He couldn’t, he has to keep the leg elevated or it will swell…….smart guy

      • mazblast - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        That’s the excuse, but not the reason. Whether it’s for medical reasons, or to avoid being a distraction, or to avoid being the subject of the fans’ ire (such as it is in Plastic Town), it was a smart move.

    • kavika6 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      Worst home playoff loss in Laker history. I love it.

  6. money2long - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    duncan with the, “we’re about to be up 3-0 smirk” in that picture.

    • mazblast - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      That’s about the closest I’ve ever seen to Duncan showing up another player or team. That smile says, “You thought you had a chance after that win late in the regular season. Ha! You are dead meat, and we’re not even trying 100%.”

      • edwardemanuelson - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        He’s saying, “Watch and learn, young pup.”

  7. shuttaman1990 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    As a laker fan, right here all we can do is keep our head high and get ready for that work that is going to come at us
    It’s going to hurt, but I’m stayin on the ship like them violinists at the titanic.

    It’s ok, everything will be done soon.
    D’antoni gots to go.
    Respect our gangs-……………..

  8. onbucky96 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Los Angeles Quitters. So sick of ESPN and Magic pimping the Lakers day and night. Magic is supposed to be an analyst not a Laker PR pimp.

  9. kobeluver - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:28 AM


    You are actually going to play ” the traffic is bad and we have other things to do” card?! Really?! And you wonder why your fanbase is detested?

    On a side note, lakerluver, say your goodbyes, you are gone from this site forever after Sunday’s game.
    Don’t let the door hit ya, where the flood lord split ya!!!

  10. brugis23 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    You deserve my respect, you sound like a true fan that understands what’s going on and accept it like a man.

    To the rest of you fakers fans, because of you there are haters like me, keep making excuses you dumb delusional mofos.

    Bet season ever…

    • omniusprime - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      No brugis23 there are haters like you because you’re a total jerk and your team is too worthless to win championships like the Lakers and you’re jealous. Don’t worry little crybaby the Lakers will be back and they will be winning more championships soon, so go cry in your beer.

      Lakers Rule!!!

      • mazblast - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        What do the Lakers rule besides media attention and being severely overrated?

    • scottheis82 - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Nobody here needs or cares about your respect jacka$$…

      • Nostrils10 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        i know right, adorable, like he is something special. haha

  11. lemfax - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    TD the real DPOY!
    See u soon MVP James…

  12. omniusprime - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Actually the worst playoff defeat in Laker history is a good result for us Lakers, let us not forget the coach who brought about this horrible defeat, the incompetent Dumbtoni. Maybe now the idiots in the front office, Jerky Boy Jimmie and Kupcake, will get smart and trade away Trash Nash and Steve Flake for some great young point guards. We Laker fans can only hope that we’ve seen the last of these two geezer guards in Laker uniforms.

    Let us not forget which coach was too worried about keeping his job instead of protecting Kobe from himself. Dumbtoni wasn’t man enough to sit Kobe late in the season for brief rests, especially that last game where he injured himself twice before getting his final Achilles Heel injury that puts him out about 6 months. We Laker fans can never forget or forgive Dumbtoni’s cowardly coaching job this year, we need to keep screaming to have him fired.

    Pau needs to not play anymore World Championship basketball for Spain, his feet just can’t take all that pounding year after year. Pau needs to decide if he wants to win worthless World Championships or NBA Championships that are far more worthy.

    Hopefully Sunday the Lakers will play better but make it the last game we Laker fans will ever have Dumbtoni, Trash Nash or Steve Flake ruining our team.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash and Steve Flake!!! Get Well Soonest Kobe!!!

    • mgutz - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Dump Howard too. Guy is seriously overrated.

    • mazblast - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      You really need to change that last line. No one WANTS Nash, Blake, or most of your roster except the extremely overrated Howard. I still don’t know why you’re blaming D’Antoni; it’s not his fault the team was so badly assembled by Short Buss and Figurehead Kupchak, and he wasn’t even there to start the season. His attempt to change the team was like trying to change a tire while the car is moving; possible, but unlikely to succeed. Let him coach a training camp plus another year, or at least part of it, before you conclude that he’s not the guy.

      I agree with your get well wishes for KoMe, though. I wanted him out there to share in the humiliation, plus, for all his arrogance, he’s still one heck of a player. I don’t think he’s through and look forward to his ball-hogging ways next year.

  13. eerock41 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Hey Howard this totally what you wanted, just need Pau to get hurt and your back in Orlando with a worse supporting cast. Love that this is the way Howard’s season has gone. Looks like the grass on the la side of the fence is more like poisened dirt. Lmfao

  14. eerock41 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Plus look at the knowing look Duncan is giving Howard, every one knows Howard was better off in Orlando.

  15. bucrightoff - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Tim Duncan, the best player of the post-Jordan, pre-LeBron era. We take you for granted Tim, because your dominance is quiet, and you don’t draw attention to yourself like Kobe. You just kick ass and take names. It`s been a pleasure to watch you Mr. Duncan.

  16. bucrightoff - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Gotta love Tim Duncan trolling Dwight Howard with that smile after drawing the offensive foul.

    • Nostrils10 - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM


  17. brugis23 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    @optimus prime wannabe,
    Where do you get all that stupidity from? It’s hard to think that is just all you.
    You prove my point right, thanks!

  18. brugis23 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    @ I can’t fight with you anymore, it’s just not fair, whole different level. I’m just gonna go watch the recap from last night’s game again…

    • scottheis82 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      That sounds about right, hey while you’re at it check in to see what prospect whatever weak a$$ team you root for is gonna pick up in the draft.

  19. addict2sport - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Instead of talking about how they only had 8 guys a few weeks ago maybe D’Antoni should’ve spent more time coaching and developing his bench. Maybe then they would’ve lost by 21 last night, not 31.
    This is a good time for Laker haters. Enjoy your moment. Lakers have come back from down times before. They’ll be back again. This season just never got close to what it was supposed to be. Real fans will offer no excuses and ask for no asterisks due to injury. Real fans will take this kick in the teeth that the season turned out to be. The Lakers will be back on top and when they are the bandwagon will be full again with those annoying flags waving out of every window. Congratulations to the Laker haters on what I’m sure is what is one of your most memorable seasons of all time.

  20. bracket5 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    All these Fakers fans are such a joke. After countless posts of 70 wins, they eek out a 7 seed, barely above .500. Now because Blowbe and a few other worthless turds are hurt, they cry about how unlucky they are. Waaaaahhhhh! Spurs exude class. They don’t talk about it. They perform! Bye bye, Fake Show!

  21. 1historian - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    It does my heart good to see the Lakers getting their butts handed to them,l it does my heart good to imagine that Jack Nicholson was there to watch it. He was probably smart enough to skip it.

    No matter.

    He’ll probably skip the clincher tomorrow.

    Once again – no matter – the cameras will find enough stars and their personal attendants and wannabes to enthrall us rubes out in the sticks.

    The Celtics don’t seem to be doing too well either

  22. brugis23 - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Why do you keep yelling…?

  23. jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Coincidentally, the Celtics are also down 3-0 and getting their butts kicked. Celtics and Lakers swept out of the playoffs in the first round? Hard to believe.

  24. mgutz - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Dwight Howard is a big bust. Does anybody doubt if Shaq in his prime was in there, despite all the injuries, the Lakers could win at least two games? Shaq can’t win a series by himself but Howard even with Kobe around him during the season couldn’t win.

    Bring Back Bynum and play team ball again!

    Yeah, have your fun guys. Lakers will be back (I hope) next year.

    • mazblast - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      You’re entirely too objective to be accepted among the True Believer Laker fans.

  25. musician0785 - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    LMAOOO @ all the ppl calling LA “fake” but haven’t been within 20 miles of the actual city….Compton-born, Long Beach bred LAKER FAN ALL DAY….you guys have fun in your 1 horse towns,playing horseshoes for fun….

    • mazblast - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Horseshoes can be fun once a year or so. You LA types, like your East Coast brethren, really need to slow down and ENJOY life from time to time.

      And yes, I’ve been to LA, several times. Liked it but have never had any desire to live there.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        You sound like a flatlander. Good fer you. I’ll take mountains and the ocean over flat land.

    • progress2011 - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      1. A person who fakes, deceptive, or fraudulent/ A faker: Ex: kobe has spent his entire career, faking like he is Michael Jordan. An Identity Thief, that has never matured to be his own man/ grow his own PAIR. When he looks in the mirror, he sees MJ. When regular grown men/ Alpha Males look in the mirror, we see ourselves.
      2. To conceal the defects of or make appear more attractive, interesting, valuable, etc., usually in order to deceive: Ex: The media frequently dramatizes every story and anything the lakers do. (ex: the 2012-2013 season, they were struggling to make the playoffs and only able to beat non-playoff teams. BUT on every sports page, they were the top story).….PURE HOLLYWOOD.
      3. To pretend; simulate: Munchausen Syndrome (kobe’s diagnosis) – Munchausen (MOON-chow-zun) syndrome is a serious mental disorder in which someone with a deep need for attention pretends to be sick or gets sick or injured on purpose. People with Munchausen syndrome may make up symptoms, push for risky operations, or try to rig laboratory test results to try to win sympathy and concern.
      4. Anything made to appear otherwise than it actually is; counterfeit: Ex: The lakers historically have been able to do trades, other teams were not permitted to complete, rendering them an immediate and unfair advantage (ex: Pau Gasol for FREE).
      5.Designed to deceive or cheat, not real, counterfeit. (to fake greatness by cheating) Ex: During the playoffs or championships, the lakers have historically received “questionable/ favorable ” calls, which have been a direct result of their number of championships and the evolution of becoming the biggest/ richest market in the sport. … worked…..but the legacy is FAKE !
      Go back and re-watch the tapes ! The blatant one-sided calls is one of the biggest black-eyes to all of those FAKE chips hanging from the rafters!

      People don’t “hate” the lakers….we typically just dislike anything FAKE !

    • eboneseagles - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      Yeah NYC is a real one horse town if I’ve ever seen one…

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