The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers may have suffered stunning losses in their opening game of the NBA playoffs on their home court but the first top seeded team to suffer a home loss in the playoffs was the Orlando Magic who lost to the Atlanta Hawks this past Saturday.
Though Magic fans may be a bit nervous, former Spurs player Bruce Bowen says Magic fans should relax, take a deep breath and look to Spurs 2003 championship team for comfort:
“Orlando is going to win that series,” said Bowen, who made a guest appearance Monday morning on ESPN’s Mike and Mike radio show.
“We lost Game 1 in 2003 … and we won the championship that year,” Bowen said. “We lost to Phoenix in the first game and I remember it was like, whoa! …It’s about adjustments and we made the adjustments of getting back to basics and sometimes you need that as a wakeup call.”
Nervous Spurs fans should also listen to Bowen. Though the Spurs did lose to the Memphis Grizzlies in game one of the first round, if any team in the NBA can make the proper adjustments are the Spurs. San Antonio should bounce back to tie this series on Wednesday.
i agree with good ol' Bruce. the ball movement yesterday was just terrible. granted, they started off well at the start of the game and started to do it again in the 4th qtr, but if anything, that's what needs to improve for Game 2. pass the ball a lot and you should eventually get a good-looking shot. Manu should be able to help with some of that when he plays. no need to panic, guys.
@RG8907 indeed. but here is the trick, they cant let this become a 6, 7 game series. they need rest especially if they have to face okc
@JeffProjectSpurs very true. i can deal with a 6-game series, but not 7. as long as DEN can make it a series against OKC, i'll be happy that both teams will waste some resting time, whoever comes out the winner.