The first round for the San Antonio Spurs is officially penciled in against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Spurs won the regular season series 2-1 against the Lakers, but this is going to be a far more different series than we saw in the regular season.
Kobe Bryant is out for the season and so is his 27.5ppg average against the silver and black this season. While the Lakers also have Steve Nash's status up in the air with injuries, the Spurs will be without Boris Diaw (back) for the first round. Manu Ginobili will play his second game from injury in Game 1, where he's averaging 11ppg, 4.5rpg, and 3.5apg in two games in the regular season against the Lakers. The newest San Antonio Spur, Tracy McGrady, is likely to make his debut in the playoffs against the Lakers also to help bolster the team's offensive attack.
The Spurs averaged 92.6ppg against the Lakers this season while the Lakers have also averaged 92.6ppg against the Spurs.
The Spurs come into the series on a 3-game losing streak while the lakers are riding high and on a 5-game winning streak despite not having Bryant.
To catch the games between the (2) San Antonio Spurs (0-0) vs. (7) Los Angeles Lakers (0-0), check out the TV schedule below.
Game 1 – Sun April 21 L.A. Lakers at San Antonio 2:30PM PT ABC
Game 2 – Wed April 24 L.A. Lakers at San Antonio 4:30PM PT TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 26 San Antonio at L.A. Lakers 5:30PM PT ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 28 San Antonio at L.A. Lakers 2:00PM PT TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 30 L.A. Lakers at San Antonio TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 2 San Antonio at L.A. Lakers TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 4 L.A. Lakers at San Antonio TBD TBD TNT
What do you think Spurs fans? What are your early thoughts on the Spurs-Lakers series?
Lakers fans during the season: "I doubt we will even make the playoffs. If we do make the playoffs, we will probably get bounced early. We are not playing so good, hopefully we can pull it all together. Man we are fighting HARD just to be the eight seed.
Lakers fans now: "Damn, we are going to beat the spurs! The spurs are old and injured, Manu is hurt, Parker is hurt, man we goin to bounce them in 6. We beat the spurs a couple of days ago, we can take them."
So I guess not having Kobe does not matter at all here? Playing without Kobe in the REGULAR season is soooooo different than playing without Kobe in the PLAYOFFS. Yet, very few Lakers fans can't comprehend that. It's amazing because just a couple of weeks ago, Lakers fans had so much doubt they would even make the postseason. Now, even in the midst of knowing Kobe is not there, they believe they can beat the spurs??? Really? It REALLY PISSES ME OFF when so many people (Skip Bayless is guilty of this) keep saying Manu is INJURED and Tony is not well. Where do they get this information? Manu is no longer injured, he is no longer limping, he isn't in any pain. Tony is the same way, he's not limping or hobbling or anything. Yet stupid fans and stupid ESPN analysts keep saying, "How will the spurs do? I don't know. Manu is injured and so is Parker, the spurs are limping and decimated right now, the lakers have a chance to win." SERIOUSLY? The only person on injured reserved right now is Boris Diaw. Everyone else is back from an injury. What also makes me mad is analysts and fans always bring up how Tony may be injured, but I rarely hear about STEVE NASH and him being healthy for the playoffs. WTF? So, people like to pick on the spurs and their injuries to major players, but Nash and his numerous injuries during the year are not qualified for a topic of discussion? Just because LA beat the spurs in one regular season game during an 82 game season, doesn't mean LA will eliminate San Antonio, but you obviously have incredibly stupid lakers fans who think that way. They take one game, and equate that to the Lakers being able to beat the spurs in a 7 game series. I just absolutely LOATHE all the comments i've read and analyses I've heard over the last week. So what, is Steve Blake going to average 30+ points a game against us? LMFAO, apparently some Lakers fans think so. Again, no Kobe in the PLAYOFFS is nothing compared to no Kobe for the last 3 games of the regular season. Please Spurs, sweep the lakers and let me hear what Lakers fans and stupid ESPN analysts have to say then.
This is playoff time and the start of every Playoff we have many questions going into them, this spurs team is not slumping Pop played with some bench players and gave the stars a rest. We are right were we need to be with a horrible Lakers team that had to sneak into the playoffs. Pop is like Belichick they never show there hands till crunch time, our team will come together enough to get us back to the WCF. Next year we will get a few prime free agents without Manu and Jacks horrible contracts in the way...GO SPURS GO!
@ChrisCano I hope you are right. If you read my comment, I feel strongly about this. People think just because we had a bad stretch to end the regular season, all of a sudden, we suck and have a greater chance to be eliminated in the first round. Since when did regular season games matter to what happens in the playoffs? When the playoffs start, the reset button has been hit and it's a new season. I hope we come out just balling and absolutely take it to the lakers and sweep them. Pop did do a lot of resting starters and playing the bench a lot towards the end, and we have 3 days off until Sunday, which is excellent time to prepare. Manu is back, Tony will get some needed rest, T-Mac could learn the system in more depth, it's all positive. Yet, just because the Lakes beat us ONCE a couple of days ago, you have stupid fans and analysts actually thinking they could take us to 7 games or even eliminate us. NEWSFLASH: We went like 9-8 in our last 17 games in 2005. Our last regular season game that year, we got blown out by Minnesota AT HOME. Yet, we stormed through the playoffs (eliminating #1 seeded Phoenix with arguably the most explosive offense in the league that year, in the process) and won the title. I just HATE how so many people are so quick to judge and so quick to say that just because the spurs had a bad stretch in the last few weeks, we are more prone to losing in the first round. Come on now. The Lakers don't have KOBE FREAKIN BRYANT FOR THE PLAYOFFS!!! Yet apparently, to some people, that doesn't matter, the Lakers are still able to beat us. LMFAO, I can't wait until the playoffs start. CAN'T FREAKING WAIT for us to prove everyone wrong.
Some at the lakers sites think the Spurs were tanking to avoid the lakers in the first round. I think they have been drinking too much of magic's kool aid. Go Spurs Go!
Spurs in 5, only reason I'm saying 5 is, I'll give Gasol and Howard one game to play out of their minds. The Lakers are a horrible defensive team, they have nobody on parameter, we actually have big men that match up with them in the post, if TP plays at 70% of what he has been all season, Lakers have no shot to beat us.
The last time, if I remember right, the Lakers disposed off the Spurs or are you banking on Manu and T-Mac? They can't even win over the Wolves with Manu around.It will be 5 for the the Lakers.
@rtesoro440 Dude, our last game against the Wolves was MEANINGLESS. You think Pop wanted to win that game? OF COURSE NOT! Our bench played the end of the 3rd quarter and the ENTIRE 4th quater. It was our bench against Minnesota's starters for much of the 2nd half. What does that tell you? That means, none of the spurs (players or coaches) gave a damn about that game. In our last regular season game of 2005, we got blown out by Minnesota at home. Guess what? That didn't change jack squat, we won the trophy that year. The Lakers will beat us in 5 games? My goodness, you are so stupid. You absolutely SUCK as a spurs fan, I mean that with every bone in my body. Nothing will satisfy you until the spurs roster is filled with a bunch of super athletic 21 year olds. Get the fuck out of here with your unintelligent analyzations and predictions. Lakers in 5? When the spurs win, you will probably still be a little sour puss and be all negative. Maybe you shouldn't watch the playoffs since you actually believe we'll get eliminated. It's alright, just don't watch a second of the first round, none of us care, it's all good. You probably have better things to do. Go ahead and do them while REAL fans of the Spurs show their support. Dumbass
@rtesoro440 @Spursforever69 Do you really think they were trying to win the game against the T'Wolves last night? I certainly don't think so. In fact, I don't know if they've been trying to win the past few games. Maybe they have been waiting for the playoffs to turn it on. I have no idea. But we'll see. If the Lakers do win this series, it'll probably be in 6, but I don't see that happening. Like I said, the Lakers suck on the road and they're not winning two games in San Antonio.
Like you, I am a Spurs' fan but accept realities. The Lakers are just peaking, while the Spurs are easy picking. The Lakers in 5 or a shutout.
@rtesoro440 Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan are not about to let this team just roll over and die. I'm sorry, but momentum is a little bit overrated. Remember last year when the Spurs won their last 10 games of the season and won the next 10 games in the playoffs? Then, the Thunder beat them. Also, the Lakers suck on the road and they're not winning two games in San Antonio. Be realistic, dude.
It's crunch time and Danny Green is showing his true color. Didn't I say that before? Now he joins the incompetent, amateurish bench. He had his chance, in fact given a contract worth $4/year. He was good during the regular season but nothing to show in crunch time. Don't tell me he is in slump bcause you gave that last year. It will be a repeat performance just like last time. The Lakers will eliminate the Spurs 4 to 1 if not a shut out. Two old men in Manu and T-Mac will be non-factors. It will be a lonely fight for TD and TP. Think hard Spurs. With Jax and Manu out plus, the banishment of Mills, Blair, Bonner, Baynes it wil be $20m savings. Think about who can be signed with that money. For PG, Jeff Teague or Eric Maynor; for SG, Gerard Henderson or Tony Allen;for SF, Omri Casspi or Chandler Parsons and for PF/C, Andray Blatche, JJ Hickson or Al Jefferson. Consider Varejao thru trade. The Spus may participate in the draft meaningfully. Look to the future instead of being tied with old men and amateurs. Then, we can shout GO SPURS!
@rtesoro440 Dude, Does anybody here have already reminded that you're such an A$$?
Oh cpome on Alvin be realistic and accept reality. I msay appear to you an ASS but not a LAMEBRAIN like you.
@rtesoro440 I'm a Spurs fan dude. And your comments are not helping. you been batting for a change for what 2 to 3 years now. Everybody here wants to see TD retire w/ a title. That won't happen on your world. If you don't have anything good to say about the team just shut your mouth and watch the games. "Lakers in 5 or a shutout?" What kind of mentality is that man. I've had enough of other people dissing my team on other websites/tv. Post your feelings there. not here a$$wipe.
The good news is that at least our FO will find out real quickly whether or not we should keep Tiago depending on his play this series. The bad news is that the Lakers don't matchup well with us especially considering our guard injuries. Should be a great series nonetheless.
@CraigThomas We should release Tiago and draft Mike Muscala in the draft. Mike Muscala = Best big man in the draft who is not a lottery pick.
With no Kobe and Nash, There's nobody on that line up that can rival TP. Come on, Steve Blake? He'll take over Jimmy Fallon's job by summer '14.
@UsernameAlvin I know right?? People are so quick to bash Tony and his injuries, yet you rarely hear people (fans an analysts alike) talking about if Nash will be healthy for the playoffs. Heck, Nash has had more severe injuries than Tony this whole season, yet for some odd reason, Tony and his ability to be healthy for the playoffs is the guy most people like to scrutinize. Are you kidding? All Tony did was sprain an ankle for crying out loud, he didn't break his leg like Nash. Also, old Nash playing a hard fought 7 game series against us? He's going to tire out faster than TP. A healthy TP (he will be healthy, we have 3 long days off to prepare) will so outplay inexperience Steve Blake and old Nash.