Why the Lakers should be scared of the Spurs

darnitLakers 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.

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  • Lakers 24 7

    ROFL Gasol’s expression is priceless.

  • http://twitter.com/nugge7 Jaime Quintanilla

    Pau’s best impression of Duncan.

  • lilkobe24

    haha good picture

  • David

    What a stupid article. This guy is an idiot. Let’s see how the spurs would do against us in a 7 game series. Put the ball in Roger Mason’s hands and let’s see what happens in the playoffs.

  • Neo-Laker Era

    Yea, and give us our full roster. That traveling call was by far the worst call of the Laker season so far.

  • Mitch4Pres

    refs r the ones we should be afraid of

  • lakaluva

    Who is this asshole writing these stupid articles. Way to get attention.

  • Lakers 24 7

    Ok. We lost to the Spurs in San Antonio by 1, with a short bench, and a game we could have easily won, but lost on a BAD CALL. Spurs should be afraid, not us.

    We lost ONE close game to the Spurs and this homo article writer says we should be afraid? Or that the Spurs are better than us? We had two key bench players missing. This dude should quit his job ASAP.

  • Milo

    yes i agree why the fu-ck is TLN posting this garbage??? c’mon you cant be serious…

  • lakerlove

    who the f is this guy? Roger Mason wouldn’t even get a chance to take a shot like that if the lakers were healthy because the Lakers would have blown em out, the only things this game showed us was that even when missing many players to injuries we can still win and that the refs are blind.

  • This lakers examiner guy is an idiot, he is like the most anti-lakers person ever. His articles should be entitled, “Lakers Hater”

  • pancho

    I’ve read better articles written by people cleaning their keyboards.

  • LAKERMIKE247

    NO WALTON NO FARMAR NO SASHA AND A 1 POINT LOSS
    WTF SHOULD THE LAKERS BE SCARED OF????

  • VL

    Ridiculous story! 2nd night of back to back. Injuries to key players. Coming back from a 4th Qtr deficit. Questionnable calls on Fish and Ariza. Gimme a break. In a 7 game series, I have no doubts we would come up trumps!

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #58498 Will Be Quoted Here]
    …You got that one 1000% correct!
    Keep an eye on Ref #33 Sean Corbin, throughout the season, as replays will be enlightening!
    …Cases in point: The lightning-quick time-out he awarded Duncan’s verbal yell for time, as he fell on Ariza, while Ariza still had one arm on the ball, at the same time Lamar had both arms around the ball, on his feet, and with a more controlled grip on the ball than Duncan’s, as Duncan was sliding out of control, on his side!
    ….Replays indicate Fisher did not touch Mason as he shot the ball! …Check it!
    …Again; Replays prove Ariza did not travel, but was fouled, by both Ginobili’s leg block (tripped) and Bonner’s hack on the arm! …If the ref is going to call a phantom foul with 10 seconds left, and not call a real foul with 2 seconds left going the other way, then where is the spirit of fair play? …This game is another example of how referees get much too involved in the outcome of games…These Refs (some) will be The Lakers biggest obstacle, in their quest for an NBA Championship!

  • king.manu

    http://www.lakersmedia.com/video/index.php?p=708

    check it out. first there was contact but fisher was standing there an mason moved back!! no foul!!

    second absolutely no traveling!!

  • kobe8

    [Comment ID #58495 Will Be Quoted Here]

    yeah, that travelling call was just awful. But with a healthy squad i don’t think the Spurs will bother the Lakers.

  • lakers2000

    Please! This guy needs to grab his ears and pull his head out of his azz. The NBA , where bullsh*t happens. We’ll see them again and it will be a beating the other way. It is clearly the NBA trying to make it interesting after last years crazy playoff push. I predict an MVP, WCC, and title this year! Go Lakers!!!!

  • xtro

    We were depleted, but we almost beat a healthy rested Spurs team on their home floor. The end result would have been different if we had a full roster last night. We ousted this team as the NBA Champs and WCF Conference Champs without Bynum and Ariza. In addition, the officiating of last night game was horrible.

  • LEADERFISH

    [Comment ID #58523 Will Be Quoted Here]

    OH Please quit pouting. We would have gotten the same call in LA. The fact of the matter is Fish shouldn’t have been near him as he took the shot and he did make contact with Mason’s leg. Fish knows it was his fault for that reason even if he didn’t try to do it. As far as Ariza he didn’t even make the shot and you aren’t going to get that call on a slight bump as your driving. Learn to accept defeat and then you can learn not to do the same things next time and win.

  • xtro

    NBA refs suck. I’ll call my agent!

  • josh

    Clearly a blown call. Really suks to lose a game like that, and he was clearly fouled on the drive. Both teams played exceptionally, it was fun to watch. The refs need to call the game fairly … that would make it a better experience. Can’t really ask for more from our boys though … they came through and played hard – just fell short by a point. We’ll get ‘em next week.

  • LakersFirst

    Is it me, or do that Lakers gamble a little too much on defense? For example, DFish went for the steal/knock the ball loose when all he really needed to do was contain Mason and make take a tough shot. When the Lakers gamble on defense and go for the steal, they most always get burned. Sometimes instead of going for the straight up steal, all that is needed is to contain your man and make him take a tough shot.

  • LAKing

    The Lakers shouldn’t be worried, it was a MIRACLE that the Spurs won last night and they know it. They made one lucky basket after another, they played the game of their season to beat the Lakers by a point and it was at their home floor. The Spurs are still a good team, but Lakers are by far the better team.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    LEADERFISH on Jan 15th, 2009 at 9:56 am said;

    OH Please quit pouting. We would have gotten the same call in LA. The fact of the matter is Fish shouldn’t have been near him as he took the shot and he did make contact with Mason’s leg. Fish knows it was his fault for that reason even if he didn’t try to do it. As far as Ariza he didn’t even make the shot and you aren’t going to get that call on a slight bump as your driving. Learn to accept defeat and then you can learn not to do the same things next time and win.

    What a negative *&^%$#@!,
    …Does anybody besides this “Plastic Fool” believe
    LEADERFISH/ab4sure is a “True Lakers Fan”?

  • LEADERFISH

    I give up Warlock your the best. I’m pathetic, please can I finally lick your azzhole?

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    ROFL!!!!!!!! …LOL… !!!!!!!!!

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