Lakers Examiner: A lot of things came out of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 112-111 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night, but I’m going to focus on one.
One of the biggest questions about the Spurs has been whether the players that have stepped up during the regular season would actually be factors come playoff time.
Tonight we may have gotten our answer. While the Lakers continually looked to Kobe Bryant to be the play-maker and shot-taker (and make plays he did), the Spurs left the game in the hands of one of their role players, Roger Mason Jr.
As we all know, Mason drilled the shot and was inexplicably fouled by Derek Fisher to give the Spurs a one point lead.
On the ensuing possession, Kobe was doubled so he gave the ball to one of the Lakers’ top role players, Trevor Ariza. Looking to duplicate Mason’s heroics, Ariza took the ball to the basket and…was called for traveling.