Spurs vs. Lakers, anyone?
With a 99-95 win over the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the seventh seed in the NBA playoffs and a first-round date with the Spurs beginning at 2:30 p.m. in San Antonio.
For much of the season it appeared this Lakers squad was almost destined for the bottom of the league lottery, but despite a season-ending Achilles injury to Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles finds itself facing a struggling Spurs squad that just lost its third consecutive game.
There will be no shortage of upset-forecasters in coming days, as the Spurs find themselves facing a rival that many will pick to win the series. It’s an interesting situation, especially considering the number of Lakers fans that exist in the city of San Antonio. From a fan’s perspective, it doesn’t get much better than Spurs – Lakers in the postseason. Just, historically, not this early.
Still, it’s time to react. If you’ve ever been to one of these matchups in the playoffs, you’ve seen what it’s about. These teams do not like each other, and it makes for entertaining, dramatic television. Regardless of Kobe Bryant’s absence, Los Angeles’ size will be a challenge, and it’s basically a guarantee that at least a third of the AT&T Center will be filled with purple and gold .
So be ready, because this is about as intriguing a series as we’ve seen in a long time.
We will have much more analysis over the next several days from all sides of the equation, so keep checking in. If Manu Ginobili does return to form, the approaching uncertainty may dissipate quickly, especially if Tony Parker is right as well. But we won’t know what the Spurs will truly look like until they fully recover from injuries. In the mean time, the Lakers are showing their strength in size between Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. It will be a difficult test for San Antonio. Yes, Bryant’s injury is an enormous issue in this series, but it also forces the Lakers to play inside-out, something that’s potentially more effective against the Spurs with the roster Los Angeles possesses.
Anyway, there will be plenty to read here at 48 Minutes of Hell and along the rest of the TrueHoop Network between now and Sunday, so come on by and take a look. Hope everybody’s ready, because this is going to be fun.