Even without Bynum, Lakers show they are better against Spurs with Bryant, Odom riding the Gasol express.
L.A. Times: On the bright side for the San Antonio Spurs who were laid out Sunday, looking like the Ghost of Dynasties Past, at least they’re not likely to play the Lakers in the first round.
Bringing the Wildest West season into sharper focus . . . slightly . . . the Lakers wiped out the defending NBA champions, 106-85.
In yet another positive, the Spurs not only got to rest Manu Ginobili who had a groin injury, but Tim Duncan and Tony Parker too!
Both left for good 5:20 into the fourth quarter with the Lakers 18 points ahead, on their way to going up by as many as 26.
Mathematicians are still poring over the West standings, but we think the Lakers still have to beat Sacramento Tuesday to officially win the West.
On the positive side for the Lakers, after weeks of waiting for Andrew Bynum . . . apparently with weeks to go . . . they may be the best in the West as they are.
They’re 21-5 with Pau Gasol in the lineup, an .808 winning percentage which, projected over a season, would be better than Boston’s NBA-best .800.
With Gasol, they go from erratic fits and starts (see: the last three seasons) to sleek efficiency.