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Spurs bring Lakers season to its merciful conclusion with Game 4 win, sweep of the series

Apr 28, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

Lakers Dwight Howard reacts after being fouled by the Spurs during Game 4 in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Coming into Sunday’s Game 4 against the Spurs and dealing with a mountain of injuries that has finally become insurmountable, the only thing left for the Lakers, who were just a single game from this season being brought to its merciful conclusion, was to see whether or not the team would come out with any fight.

“Let’s get people to talk about us, in the sense of, let’s win here and let’s go,” Mike D’Antoni said before the game, when asked what he told his players. “Let’s try to make a miracle. Why not? So they have that mindset, and I think they’ll give it everything they’ve got.”

The sad thing is, the effort the Lakers gave that resulted in a 103-82 destruction at the hands of the Spurs might have been just that — at least for the players that actually gave anything resembling an effort level appropriate for a playoff game, especially one that was more than likely to be the last of the season.

The cliche of playing with nothing to lose couldn’t have been more applicable to the dilapidated state of these Lakers, who are missing Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks, Metta World Peace, and of course, Kobe Bryant, all due to injury.

But while Pau Gasol put in a solid effort, and though Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock did what they could under the circumstances, the other two Lakers starters seemed to mail this game in from the very start.

Earl Clark didn’t arrive at Staples Center until about an hour before the game, which is much later than the customary minimum reporting time most teams have in place of 90 minutes before tip-off. He played like he was still warming up during the first quarter, where he had several defensive lapses and looked completely out of sync.

Dwight Howard decided just after halftime that he didn’t want to stick around for what was left of the season, picking up his second technical foul which got him ejected with 9:51 remaining in the third and with the Spurs leading by 21 points.

The only bright spot for the fans in attendance at Staples Center on Sunday afternoon came a few minutes after Howard went to the locker room, when Kobe Bryant came out of the tunnel on crutches to join what was left of his team by taking a seat behind the Lakers bench.

Bryant received a standing ovation and the loudest cheers of the afternoon, even as the game was going on and Tony Parker hit a jumper to push the Spurs lead to 60-39.

The game’s ultimate result was expected by anyone who’s been paying attention, but all the home crowd was looking for was a little fight out of what was left of their injury-ravaged team for one last time.

Instead, at the end of a season full of disappointments, all that was left was to add the Lakers’ Game 4 no-show to that very long list.

  1. kavika6 - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    I suspect that now that the Lakers are done for the season we’ll lose about a third of the comments at this site. So far on this article alone only about two or three of the 46 comments have mentioned the Spurs.

    • loungefly74 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      first thing i mentioned (spurs)…

  2. bracket5 - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    What a shame. Fakers get swept by a true TEAM, in every sense of the word, and the rapist will still be out for some of next year. Sooooo sad!

  3. omniusprime - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Thankfully this dismal season is over for us Laker fans, for sure one of the worst ever for us Laker fans. Let’s not forget that our season was jinxed with the two worst coaches in Laker history and the two worst point guards to ever disgrace the purple and gold in Trash Nash and Steve Flake. We’ve gotten rid of one of the deadbeat coaches and now these three losers need to be replaced with better personnel.

    The Lakers need a coach that can coach defense and a good offense that caters to the cast of players rather than forces personnel to not play to their strengths and the team’s. The Lakers need a great young point guard like Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving, not old geezers like Trash and Flake who are too decrepit to keep up with the great young point guards. We need a better bench and hopefully Kobe will reduce his salary to help bring in better bench personnel so he doesn’t have to play too many minutes.

    I was just glad that Game of Thrones came on so I didn’t have to witness Dwight’s sorry exit from the game. We can only hope that he’ll shoulder some of the blame for the poor season and decide to stick around the become the Laker’s next big superstar. Well I can ignore the rest of the pathetic NBA playoffs that David Stern rigged for Queen James and Dirty Wade.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash and Steve Flake!!! Get Well Kobe!!! Thanks Dr. Buss!!!

    • loungefly74 - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      ahhhhh….a fellow GoT fan. Nice!

      i hear ya, Prime. lets hope the off season brings positive movement.

  4. rohozx - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    KOBE is A slimey slob who should be in PRISON ;

    • mazblast - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      I agree, BUT he isn’t and that’s not part of the discussion. I know that LA is the land of fantasies, but once in a while you just have to deal with that ugly thing called Reality.

  5. spthegr8 - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    @roh^^^^^^^
    Cool story bro!!!

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