TLN’s Playoff Report: Lakers vs. Spurs [Game 1]

WOW! What a game… If you missed it, check ESPN Classics sometime soon.

First, lets talk about the Lakers first 30 minutes: Turnovers, missed layups, poor rebounding, lack of energy, and a 20 point deficit. Now, the last 16 minutes or so: Energy, good shots, aggressiveness, scoring, defense, passion, and a 24 point switch.

I don’t know about all of you, but as soon as Kobe drove and lobbed the ball to Gasol for the tip in, I knew it was a comeback in the making. Kobe looked determined. He looked energized, and the Lakers fed off it. When it was all said and done, defense decided this game.

The Lakers held the Spurs to only 13 points in the fourth quarter. I won’t bore you with the team stats, you can check those yourself, but collectively, it was a ton of missed shots. Bad offense or good defense? Probably a bit of both.

Now, the bests of the night….

Top 3 Laker Performers -

1) Kobe did what he needed to carry us tonight. Forget his point totals. 9 assists with only 1 turnover. We need more of that! Great game, Kobe.

2) Pau looked great as well. 9-16 shooting to go along with 19 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

3) Statistically, Vlad Rad had a good night, but I have to give number 3 to the Machine! Sasha had 10 points but played 31 minutes of solid defense on Ginobili. Manu was held to 3-13 shooting.

Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): I think Fisher did a lot of great things for us tonight, but since I have to give an STD, it has to be him with his 1-9 shooting night. Great D, though!

Play of the Game: Kobe’s jumper in the lane with 20 seconds remaining.

What to Look for Next Game: Look for better shooting from both teams. I expect the Lakers to continue to attack.

Game is Friday night at 6:00 PM.

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Go Lakers!

  • maccassedy

    FIRST… WE DA BEST I WAS AT SKOOL CAME HOME CAUGHT DA LAST 3MIN IT HAD 2 B DA BEST 3MIN I HAVE EVER SEEN

  • LakerPower

    I was at the game, IT WAS NUTS THERE!! Wow!!! Best game I have ever been too it was so loud there… HELL YAH LAKER FANS!

  • Lakers 24 7

    Yea, I think that was the loudest ive heard that arena this year, great come back, HOPEFULLY ARIZA CAN PLAY ON FRIDAY! L.A. ALL DAY EVERYDAY!

  • David

    What a game. How about the look on Sasha’s face when he got nailed in the face and got up from off the ground. I thought he was gonna kill somebody!

  • Sako

    LMAO, did anybody see Gregg Popovich pulling Duncan from his shorts? It looked like Timmy had a boner… LOL.

  • varsityoptimism

    oh my god. oh my freaken god.

  • Thuggishdeer

    i was pissed when i saw ariza with a suit!!! because i knew we needed his defense and athleticism to compete, but nooo. he had 3 days to prepare but they said he still wasnt ready. Since we won fine.
    THOSE OF YOU WHO GO TO HIGH SCHOOL, WHAT DO THOSE HATERS SAY WHEN LAKERS WIN. because back then all they could say was “lakers suck” they said that last series when they said lakers gonna lose to utah. oh now i bet they’ll lose to spurs. DAMN i wish i was still their. i want lakers to win just to see their faces especially when the suns are fishing.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    pow great?
    30, 18 4 blocks by duncan dont make look pow to good, believe me!
    lets not get too excited…these spurs are very tough…it will be very very difficult to go to the finals

  • Sako

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    My bandwagon-@ss friend who didn’t like the Lakers a year ago started watching the Lakers again halfway through the season after we started winning; he says that Kobe deserved MVP & that’s he’s 1 of his favorite basketball players, but he’s a ballhog. My other friend who never watched the Lakers, started watching the past couple games because he started putting money on them… lol.

  • DingleBerry

    Sorry Steve, you got it wrong again. fish played great D and showed alot of effort tonight eventhough his shot didn’t fall. LO on the other hand looked like he smoked to many bowls before the game. missed layup after missed layup, dropping the rebound out of bounds… i sure hope he hasn’t reverted back to the “pre pau trade” LO…

  • RAZOR RAMON

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GET RID OF THE UTAH VIDEO!!!

  • as1084

    fisher needs to stop driving to the basket on fast breaks and half court sets…his layups ALWAYS get blocked…just pull it out or let somebody else finish like kobe or odom.

  • bc18

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    SERIOUSLY!

  • iLakers

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    kudos.

  • sammo120

    I’m with you Sako…I can’t believe that Ariza’s still not cleared to play. We need his D. Second of all, even though we were down by 20, I never doubted that we’d win the game. I don’t know what the problem was…was it, let’s see what the spurs will do and then we’ll counter, was it, just not going out with the energy needed, or were we “too respectful” of the spurs? I hope that it’s not the latter. I hope now we see how we need to play…just go out there and take the damn thing already! Take it! It’s ours! The spurs are spooked now! They are officially done! How do you blow a 20 point lead in the third? They’ve no confidence in their game now. We got this!

  • allan

    I’ve always hated Plaschke, but he wrote a great article on this one. Read.

  • Mon

    vlad rad and farmar should have played more minutes, fisher and odom did not play well

  • e

    triple ocho is f*cking amazing =)

  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/?page_id=2373 Jonny

    it pisses me off how reggie miller insists on calling bryant triple ocho. . .it seems so forced. . like he’s trying to create a niche

  • sean

    dude Lamer needs to step up he had 2 small ass guys on him finley, and udoka he should have had at least 20 points

  • e

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    haha it really pisses u off? hey u have ur respected opinion

    i personally think its cool how reggie supports kobe now =)

  • SliqRiq

    LO will play better!!!!

    I think it was nerves being that it was his first trip to the Conference Finals.

  • Mihailicious

    The spurs have an average ago of 93 years old, and the athleticism of a autistic wheel chair bound monkey. So I don’t understand why the lakers are having problems with them, from ginobli and parkers flops, to bowens dirty fouls (did any one else see him trip kobe?), and to tim duncan using his elbows to move defenders out of the way on his turn around J’s. The spurs are without a doubt the most boring team to watch in the NBA, this is proven by the simple fact that ratings dropped dramatically in their championship years. We should expect kobe to tear up their defense, which is highly over rated (teams score low amounts on them because they take the full 24 seconds to get off a shot due to their horrific athleticism). And don’t expect Lamar Odom to have another bad game, because all those missed lay ups he’s thinking about more than anyone else.

    One last thing, can someone remove the Utah Jazz video. It’s good no doubt, but too much of a good thing is, well not such a good thing anymore.

  • pio2u

    GREAT COMEBACK LAKERS! I am so proud of this team. Theyed played like champions in the second half. But beware; the Spurs are still a dangerous team.

  • http://thelakersnation.com lakerslover

    kobe kobe kobe i am so proud of you.. what a game damn its amazing.. lakers should play triple defense on spurs we will get the champion… GO LAKERS GO SPURS SUCKS……………….

  • http://www.sports-moments.com www.sports-moments.com

    The Spurs will have serious problems with Lakers… No doubt about it!! Vujacic did extremely well gainst Manu!!!

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    Read great video story on Sasha:

    http://www.sports-moments.com

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  • http://- Kobefan11

    I hope Ariza will play on Friday!

  • T.A.

    Game is at 6:00 friday not 7:30

  • KOBEISKING

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    there was this bitch at my school who was all talking sh!t about the lakers
    and he was cheering for the cavs, when we lost the games to Cleveland this year, he was all talking sh!t and laughing at the lakers, so i clotheslined him. Now when the lakers were winning, he was talking good things. He’s a f***ing bandwagoner

  • kjldsfjaglhas

    lamar has to work on finishing this summer

  • dtownsboy

    Lamar and fish just had bad games it happens. I was more impressed with phil jackson. He kept the bench in at important times and the gave sasha crunch minutes when vlad played well in the first quarter…and kobe was kobe thats expected. Im just glad phil made the right rotations tonight GOOD JOB PHIL!!!!

  • xtro

    Dodged a bullet there. The boys are rusty but still prevailed.

  • T-Dub

    I have never seen a Spurs team give up a lead and a game like this. It tells me one thing. This Lakers team is ready! They didn’t lose their head, kept grinding away. I’ll give the Spurs 1 game! Fish and Odom will play better, and Kobe won’t take that long to get started again. Hello Finals!

  • wong63

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    That was phil’s game plan I believe obviously PAU can’t guard him 1 on 1 but he can do a better job then most so he let Duncan get his obviously he is gonna do that so that they wouldn’t have to double and give up the three point shots.

  • Michael_23

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    I skipped school on the game of D. Fish’s 0.4 shot. heh.

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    7 wins to go!!! Since Ariza would be a defender that would be put on Parker or Ginobilli it would be a chess move not to bring him out until we go to San Antonio. This way it will give the spurs a last minute matchup problem and no time to fix. All we need is one win on the road.

  • 1ofMany

    FRIDAY TIPOFF @ 6 NOT 7:30!

  • MILO

    i just wana say fu ck all you stupid mudafukers who are so quik to turning youre back on you’re team when things are bad and booing them…you people are spoiled dumb assholes who dont deserve to have a great team as is the Lakers in LA…HERE I THOUGHT THAT LA FANS HAD MORE CLASS THEN NEWYORKERS, IM SO FU-CK-EN DISGUSTED AT YOU PEOPLE!
    FU-CK-EN BANDWAGONERS!!!!!!!!!

  • e-bucher

    touche milo

  • marlon

    isn’t the game @ 6?

  • DCLAKER

    They’re playing like every game is game 7,UNBELIEVABLE WIN!!!

  • sean

    i would put sasha on parker and ariza on ginobli

  • phaman

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    agreed…durrin the game when we werent even down by 20 yet…i was readin the shout box and there were “laker fans” saying stupid sh!t like “oh well maybe next year”…”well get them next game”…how are you a laker fan and give up like that?…then when we come back from the deficit all of them were all “go lakers!”…fake laker fans…prolly the same fans who werent fans when lakers were losin, but a quick to say they are fans when the lakers are winning…stupid BANDWAGON FANS!

  • mp or mplakers

    THERE WERE FANS SAYING THAT AT THE SHOUTBOXES??? WHAT THE HELL? I BET THEY ARE THE SAME FANS THAT BUY THE EXPENSIVE ASS TICKETS JUST SO THEY CAN SEE ASHTON KUTCHER, ANDY GARCIA, JACK NICHOLSON, AND THE HILTON SISTERS. I HATE THESE FAKE FANS. THEN THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION GIVES THEM FREE TSHIRTS AND THEY DON’T EVEN PUT THEM ON.

    I HATE THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION FOR DOING THAT. IF ANYBODY DESERVES THOSE SHIRTS IT WAS THE FANS IN THE NOSEBLEEDS, THE FANS OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, AND THE FANS THAT ARE GOING TO BE AT STAPLES CENTER WHEN THE LAKERS ARE ON THE ROAD. WILL SOMEBODY GET THE MESSAGE TO THE ORGANIZATION PLEASE. DON’T CATER TO THESE BANDWAGON FANS.

  • west213

    you could see the spurms were tired in the fourth.

  • BringDFishBack

    #3 should have gone to Sasha and Farmar’s energy they brought when they came in early in the 3rd.

  • http://nbafan24.webs.com kbfan24

    Great win. coming from a 20 point deficit. Go Lakeshow

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    all day madafakas… all day
    Mamba showed once again why he is the MVP…

  • Remy

    This is only the beginning…the lakers MUST win game 2 and continue winnining while on the road

    ginobli won’t have an off nite
    parker won’t be limited in teh fourth quarter

    we haven’t accomplish anything yet

    great game for the lakers who never gave up

    but still, we got to keep it up!

  • Luis24

    I am a BIG fan, I am not going to lie, I really thought we would lose. The guys saying these guys are on the bandwagon is not always true. We were dead crowd was horrible. No one could guess Kobe would go off, even though he is Kobe. I been a true fan since 96 right when we got Shaq. Pist when Kobe aired, happy with the back to back to back, cried Purple and Gold when lost to Spurs and even more with losses to Detroit, seeing our terrible situation with 05-07 but always there. I seen 80s moments and I might not have been there but I share those moments.
    And yeah all these damn bandwagon kids jumping on. Now you see Kobe jerseys that no one ever wore, while I wore mine every year. Ask them all these Lakers trivia all they know is like the real main guys

  • kPoAbUe

    ay man i just have a feeling Ariza won’t play this round.

    i am getting so pisses wen he ain’t playin.

  • BringDFishBack

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    english?

  • Steve Avery

    sorry guys…typo. all games are at 6…i knew that, but was just too excited over the win haha

  • http://swishtheball.net andy or drew

    that was horrible, how coukd the lakers go down 20 against the oldest team after they were sleeping on their plane