That's the Same Old Spurs to you, and yes, they're still a legitimate threat in the West -- enough so to make Lakers fans nervous...
So, when the Spurs are in town, it means taking a measure of the future. That means both a week from Thursday, when the Lakers are in San Antonio, and sometime in May, when projections have the Lakers playing the Spurs in the NBA's Western Conference finals.
Remember last season's conference finals? The Lakers won the series, 4-1, but not before the Spurs had a chance to make it 2-2, when Derek Fisher fell on top of a shooting Brent Barry in the last seconds of a two-point game. All three referees inhaled and the Lakers finished it out in the next game.
So Lakers fans are understandably wary. You can't get to the Celtics, or whatever powerhouse comes out of the East, if you can't get past the Spurs.