That loss in the AT&T Center in San Antonio quickly put the spotlight back on the Lakers, as the team to watch for the Finals.
Although the media and the many Lakers fans have come out of their hiding places saying they are the ones to beat, there is still hope for the Spurs.
In fact, the Lakers are still no match for Tim Duncan and Co.
Despite the Spurs loss at home, the only thing that will keep them as favorites at this point in the playoffs is home court advantage because they are dominate at home. (And if they come back and beat the Lakers in April before the season ends.)
Let’s face it: Before their loss to the Lakers on Sunday, they did have a 22-win streak at home.
It’s no doubt that the Spurs will remain on top and get their home court advantage. The odds of blowing their six game lead is slim to none.
However, they do need to stay focused on winning these last few games to do so.
More so, the Spurs have to rely on another team in the Southwest to help keep the Lakers away from playing at the Staples Center.
The Dallas Mavericks, what might be the biggest and last challenge for the Lakers this month, must also stay above the Lakers.
It’s assumed that this win should come at ease for the Mavs, seeing as how they have already beaten the Lakers twice this season. However, the Mavs will have one game against the Clippers the night before, while the Lakers will be coming off a fresh, three day vacation.
This doesn’t say much because maybe time spent away from the court makes a team lose focus.
Yes, the ball seems to be in the Lakers court and things are starting to finally look up for them, but will it be enough to get them the home court advantage they so desperately need? It’s doubtful.
The Lakers have 18 games remaining this season. Seven of those games are on the road and 14 are against .500 or better teams. So, as cool, calm and collective as they might seem with their current seven game win streak, it’s still nothing compared to what they should have been doing all season and what they still have to do if they want that three-peat.
The Texas teams should be able to hold down their forts—lest they remind you, you can’t spell Los Angeles without one "L", one "O" and two "S’s." (L-O-S-S.)