Playing bad is coming at the wrong time right now.
O.C. Register: The Lakers either don’t care enough or aren’t good enough to stop other teams from making their stretch-run statements against them.
The San Antonio Spurs gave themselves a confidence boost Sunday at Staples Center with a 100-81 victory over the defending NBA champion Lakers, who might draw the Spurs in a first-round playoff series.
The Oklahoma City Thunder seized a similar opportunity nine days earlier, routing the Lakers to fuel the belief that they can beat the Lakers in a potential first-round playoff.
“Huge win for us to stay where we’re at,” said Tim Duncan, whose Spurs team came in percentage points ahead of Portland for seventh place in the West.
San Antonio was further motivated by its home loss to the Lakers on March 24, when Duncan looked non-threatening and shot 2 for 11 from the field despite the Lakers then missing Andrew Bynum, too.
On Sunday, Duncan offered a reminder he’s not done yet with 19 points and 11 rebounds through three quarters as the Spurs took a 67-59 lead into the final period.