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On November 13th, the Lakers were slaughtered by the San Antonio Spurs. True to Texas and the old western mythology, the game became known in the Lakers Nation as the Brokeback Mountain game.

Out of four quarters, the Lakers held San Antonio under 25 points only one time. It was in the first quarter when the Spurs scored only 21 points and held the Lakers to a paltry 15! For you math majors out there, that’s barely a point a minute… for an entire team.

The Lakers were held under 25 in all quarters except the final quarter when garbage play entered in.

The Young Gun Lakers, led by Billy the Kid, I mean, Kobe Bryant have shared some legendary moments against San Antonio. In game 1 of the 2001 Western Conference finals, Billy the Kid lit up the Spurs defense for 45 points. To compliment that game, the Lakers dealt with a 14 point deficit and a Phil Jackson ejection to rally from behind and sweep the Spurs on their home court in game 2. Duncan punished the Lakers with 40 points of his own and Kobe had 28 including the game clinching three pointer that put the icing on the 13-5 run to come from behind in that game.

In 2004, Kobe went off for 42 points against the helpless Spurs in game 4 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. If that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, then perhaps game five’s stunning .04 buzzer beater by Derek Fisher will bring back memories.

The Spurs have some fond memories of their own. In the past 8 seasons, the San Antonio Spurs have won an impressive 4 NBA titles. This number eclipses those of the heroic Lakers of 2000-2004. They won their second title in 2003, essentially at the hands of the Lakers. Images of our players, including Derek Fisher, crying on the bench as the series came to a close haunted us for a year until we were able to avenge the despair. They’ve since taken our biggest playoff clutch 3 point shooter, “Big Shot Bob,” and they love to rub him in our face when they get the chance.

In much the same way, November 13th wasn’t much of a showing for the Lakers. The formidable defense of Andrew Bynum and Kwame Brown held Tim Duncan to a mere 5 points on 2 of 10 shooting, but Tony Parker’s 26 points and 9 assists completely demolished the Lakers.

Since that time, the Lakers have become the second youngest team in the NBA. Upgrading their roster with Trevor Ariza’s impressive athletic skill and defensive prowess has given the Lakers a new hope at stopping San Antonio’s perimeter game.

In addition, this was the infamous game where the Lakers turned the ball over 19 times, almost all of them coming in the first half. Further, Defensive specialist Bruce Bowen outscored Kobe hitting 6 of 6 from downtown.

However, now things are different. We’ve gained our swagger. We’re on a 3 game winning streak, all of which came against tough opponents. Last time these two teams met, we had won only 3 games total. Radmonovic has been taking notes from Bruce Bowen, canning threes from the corners. Ariza has been playing terrific perimeter defense. Andrew Bynum is coming off his greatest performance as a Laker. We’ve had several days to prepare for this momentous game.

We’re hearing Tim Duncan won’t play.

Knowing that our battles with San Antonio have been as much psychological wars as much as physical ones, I for one would rather we savor a sweet victory over a fully healthy Spurs than a wounded Spurs team.

Either way, the Young Guns can already taste the blood in their mouths. We may as well rename Staples Center to the O.K. Corral for the night, because it’s guaranteed to be an old fashioned shoot out worthy of the history between these two teams.

Our Young Guns look to avenge, and even kill the memories of Brokeback Mountain.

  • peteypablo24

    LAKERS WILL WIN TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ARIZA AND KOBE WILL BE THE KEY…….

  • e-bucher

    great article…i just hope we don’t take this team for granted like we did with UTAH…sure they are missing duncan and maybe even parker…but let’s not play down to them like we did with utah…let’s play our game and have them adapt…we SHOULD win…GO LAKERS!!!…LET’S PROTECT OUR TURF!!!

  • http://home.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user&MyToken=ed8eb74a-93d9-4036-9893-79ef28d97a56 Eric Pates

    Lakers will demolish the Spurs tonight. Ariza will shut down Manu Ginobili, pardners!

  • DCLAKER

    Ariza/Kobe/Bynum on the defensive end will be the key.The Pack Rules!!!

  • RDLAKB24

    wait Parker is not playing tonight possibly? I thought it was only Duncan???

  • RC

    Whether or not Duncan is out I look for Bynum to have another double double and at least 5 blocks. This is Kobi’s chance to unselfishly continue to make Bynum shine and move the Lakers up to the top 5 overall in the league.

    Go Kobi and Andrew!!!! And of course good luck to all the Lakers!

  • 24allup inya

    Look’s like Tony has been penetrating in other places other than in games ha ha lol
    http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Alexandra+Paressant+and+Tony+Parker&fr=fp-today&cs=bz&sado=1

  • LA Forever

    Wait are you sure Tony is not playing tonight? But who cares all the lakers gotta do is stay close or even take over, but dont go down by 10+. Then at the 4th give kobe the ball and contribute with him and its over. LAKERS GONNA WIN BABY!!!!! WE NEED DEFENCE TOOOO!!!

  • Tim-4-Show

    TP must be the most fortunate guy alive. Wow, his wife is hot, and his mistress is hot too!

    In France, infidelity has little stigma. Still, why does this chick spill the beans like this only a month later?

  • Lonestar848

    “We’re on a 3 game winning streak, all of which came against tough opponents.”…Tim, Minny is the worst team in the league and the Nuggets defense was the worst I had seen against the Lakers.

    I’m a Laker fan but a realist. Without TD or Tony Parker we have a good chance at winning. Otherwise, their team is on an entirely different playing field.

    As far as the whole history between the teams, only Kobe and Fish were there for that. As you pointed out, the Lakers are the second youngest team, and they could care less about the history. The Spurs on the other hand, have the same core players, and are much more composed. Unless we get some competitive, tough, veterans, *cough* Artest *cough* I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

  • http://www.mr47.com mr47

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    So just because Denver played bad defense removes them from the “tough teams” category? Give me a break, why don’t you just credit the lakers with good offense? Minny I understand, but we took out a Denver team with Iverson on FIRE my man. Don’t try and talk about it like it was a breeze.

    That being said, we have good chances of winning tonight. It’s kind of scary to come out of such a long break to play the Spurs. I’ll be screaming at Staples for the rest of you :)

  • Nabil

    The best moment in Lakers vs. Spurs IMHO was Kobe’s unbelievable sky-high rebound and put bACK right in their bigs faces. One of his finest moments, don’t you think?

  • http://www.lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    ~lol~ Tony Parker likes to spray the face of a woman? ~lol~ He also loves having sex in front of a mirror? ~lol~ TP needs to get TPed! ~lol~

  • domidomdomz

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    yeah boy u r ryt!

    Lets give credit to Kobe abd the team for shutting down the defense of Denver exactly at their home where they are at their best..

    Lakers are currently showing what they got..and now i agree lakers can win..

  • Lonestar848

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    Yes, Allen Iverson was on fire. He was the only one on the Nuggets who did anything that game. Check the box score of the other players (Camby no pts, JR Smith 1-10) It’s a team game bud. As a Laker fan I’m sure you have seen Kobe put up 50+, play incredible and not be able to win.

    And please…good offense…apparently you missed the part where they left our best 3 pt shooter Radman in the same corner literally 5 times in a row with no one within 10 ft of him.