It is a hard pill to swallow, but the Lakers have officially been swept out of the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The Spurs were able to control the tempo, while the Lakers were not able to cope with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks injured.
Gasol was the big scorer for the Lakers on the game, finishing with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
The rest of the team’s contribution ranged from subpar to absolutely pitiful.
Dwight Howard, who played for only 21 minutes before having to leave the game due to an ejection, scored only 7 points while committing 5 turnovers.
On the Spurs’ side of the ball, they were able to control the tempo with a balanced attack that the Lakers were not able to stop for the entirety of the game.
Tony Parker lead the team in scoring with 23 points and was able to control the tempo at a pace that Darius Morris and Chris Duhon were just not able to keep up with.
This game just shows that the Lakers are getting older and they will have to regroup over the offseason if they do not want to repeat their failures from this season in 2014.
This will be hard with the injury to Kobe and the currently unreliable leadership role of Dwight Howard, but it is something that will have to be done if they want to improve.
Mike D’Antoni will have a big part to play if he wants the team to return to the level of success that the team saw in 2009 and 2010, but…
Can it be done?
Are the Lakers too old?
Will Kobe return as the same Mamba?
Will Dwight ever become a reliable franchise player for the Lakers?
All good questions, but questions that will have to be answered in the 2013-2014 NBA season.
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Written by Michael Cole
My name is Michael and I like basketball. I am the most avid Kobe Bryant fan you will ever meet. I am trying to get my career going as both a player and a writer. Enough said.