Spurs vs. Lakers: The Mighty L.A. Lakers, How Do You Like Them Now?

Lake CruiseAnalyst IMarch 7, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson (L) and NBA player Kobe Bryant attend Bryant's hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater on February 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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Why would San Antonio Spurs fans trash-talk Kobe Bryant? Um, overconfidence?  Sure.  They never would have done it before this overconfident run.

You’d be overconfident, too, NBA fans, if your historical object of a team had the most wins in the NBA up to this point of the season.

In a historical exhibition for the ages—the Tyrannosaur ages—the Lakers helped the world see why the Spurs aren’t considered serious contenders for the NBA championship by most experts. The mighty Lakers are just too…mighty.

The Spurs had better find a mighty good shutdown defender on the perimeter—and fast.  An examination of how the Lakers ripped the Spurs apart shows too much perimeter scoring. 

The Spurs had better find a mighty good shutdown inside the paint defender—and fast.  The Tyrannosaur-sized Lakers' inside presence was also too much. 

Speaking of T. Rex, Tim Duncan gave observers outside of San Antonio—like Colin Cowherd, who say Timmy is a relic—a reason to revel. 

Spurs fans have been reveling in Matt Bonner’s three-point accuracy this season.  He leads the NBA in three-rock shooting percentage, but when the Lakers forced him to dribble and drive, he was of ill effect.

If you don’t know what time it is.  It’s time to get ill.

The Lakers got ill in a positive way.  In San Antonio, simply saying the words Mighty Lakers could be grounds for a fight—if Spurs fans have had too much Tequila.  Now Spurs fans are ill in a negative way.

With the previously ill Matt Barnes, the Lakers gain plenty in the way of perimeter defense and three-rock shooting.  He was absent for much of the early season, but Mattie is a key figure off L.A.’s bench.

Being San Antonio’s No. 1 Laker cat, I was never concerned of course while the Lakers supposedly struggled.  Laker Nation is accustomed to hearing about the woes of the mighty.

Not to be confused with the Almighty, the mighty made their return with spectacular shots from the likes of Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown—the Black Mamba’s hatchling.

Every rebound, bounce of the ball, popcorn sale belonged to the mighty.  Any rebound that was 50/50, Big Drew snagged it.  Like ESPN’s live game analyst Mark Jackson said, “It was like the Miami Heat sent their big brothers” to the Alamo City after getting spanked by Los Spurs.

To start the game, Andrew Bynum controlled everything within range.  To start the third quarter, Bynum controlled everything in the paint.  The Lakers defense was swampalicous.  Artest took out Spurs players and a couple of Spurs fans early in the third quarter—Bob from San Antonio was one of them.

ESPN’s gorgeous Lisa Salters interviewed him in what had to be the first white shirt stained interview in the famous network’s run.  But I was down with it.

Down by 30 with 9:50 to go in the third, the Spurs faced their largest deficit of the season.  At the end of the third, the score was 81-52.     

With about six minutes left in the first half, the Spurs began fighting with everything they had.  By then it was already too late.  But George Hill’s and-one gave them some hope for the future of the game.  His was the jump-shooting Spurs first converted free throw of the game.

It was fool’s gold, though, against the purple and gold.  Hill came right back down the court after a Kobe score on the next possession and foolishly turned it over.

The Lakers were smarter, quicker to the ball and bigger; It was biggie vs. smalls. Gasol was laughing inside after he blocked Duncan’s flick shot and continued to thwart him.  George Hill is too small to guard Kobe, and it was evident.  It was art vs. mess.

Artest blocked a three-pointer and flexed both biceps—kissing one of them.  When the Lakers weren’t running the Spurs off the three-point line, L.A. was banging from the three-point line.

Quick hands, strength and quick feet engaged in the City of Angels’ game.  A three-point shot over Manu Ginobili here, a free-throw line dunk there, and the Lakers were talking trash to notorious it-talking Spurs fans.

At the half, it was 65-37, Duncan and Hill walked off with heads down.  Hands down—man down.  This is what you get when the Lakers bust out their supreme swagger—which isn’t often. 

We believe in God and try to stay humble.  But when the opposition busts it out of you, what can one do?  Noting really, except remember the memo of the Alamo.

Memo to Spurs fans.  Don’t talk trash to a black mamba.  The Spurs looked to be running out of gas early—even after a day off after a blowout victory.  And they were forced to taste the venom of the Black Mamba.  Hey, they started it.

Not many of the Spurs' starters were needed in the fourth quarter against the Heat in the game before the Lakers came to town.  The purple and gold-clad three-peat seeking champions looked energized by Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown.

Brown is a man who I contend will someday be capable of scoring like Kobe Bryant.  As the most-hated Lakers fan in the Alamo City, I take pride in saying reports of the Lakers demise have been greatly embellished.

Lest we forget, the Spurs had won 22 games in a row at home.  In the 2008-09 season, the Lakers snapped two of the Boston Celtics’ winning streaks of 12 and 19 games.  L.A. went on to win their first of the most recent back-to-back championships and will celebrate in a park.

Riding through Brackenridge Park and seeing the look on the faces of Spurs jersey-wearing fans was something to behold.  A lot of Lakers fans were out. 

There were a lot of Lakers fans in the AT&T Center, and they were more vocal than the Spurs fans in the building on several occasions.  The 20-5 run the Lakers in the first quarter forced another timeout by the Spurs and was a classic example of L.A. fans takeover of an NBA road venue.

After Shannon Brown took off from the free-throw line with a one-handed Laker slam, it was very noticeable.  One of the best leapers in league history, Brown was eye-to-eye with the rim. After his explosive dunk, Lakers fans were text messaging left and right in the building.

“We wanted to send a message,” Kobe said after the game.  Message received—the Lakers are A-No. 1 in the NBA.  Go figure.


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