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Despite Kobe Back In The Lineup, Spurs Blow Out The Lakers, Limit Bynum To Two Rebounds

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Apr 20, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Ramon Sessions (7) has his shot blocked by San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (right) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 20, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Ramon Sessions (7) has his shot blocked by San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (right) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

What the hell was that? Last night against the Spurs, the Lakers were within 4 points after the half, despite the Spurs shooting close to 60%. In my mind I thought, okay, the Lakers will make some half time adjustments on the defensive end and we'll be find. Well, that escalated quickly.

The Spurs made the Lakers look like the Bobcats in the third quarter. Just, downright, nasty, demoralizing punishment:

In the third quarter - where the Lakers gave up 35 points and were outscored by 14 - they hung their heads and looked defeated. I can understand the feeling as the Spurs operated with Borg-like (the Star Trek villain or Swedish tennis player - you choose) precision and hammered them. But I must say it was disconcerting seeing them with no answers and little fight. I'm not saying they quit (far from it, actually) it was just a sense that they'd resigned themselves to the loss after the Spurs made their push. Again, I can understand it.

As a fan, it's easy to put too much emotion into a game like this. Against one of the top teams in the West, we wanted this win so we could feel confident heading into the playoffs. We live game by game. A loss to the Wizards? We don't have a chance this season. A blowout win over the Spurs without Kobe? We're getting another ring! We put a lot of pride into our team, so when we get blown out twice in a week by the same damn team, it's a very tough pill to swallow. Maybe it's a good thing. Maybe if we meet the Spurs somewhere down the line, we'll be very familiar with their tendencies. We'll have an edge from the humiliation. Perhaps the Spurs will feel smug, having beaten our team so handily, and the Lakers will pounce. The postseason is where it counts, so I'll try to take a step back and gain some perspective after last night.

In other news, Andrew Bynum will get the Kobe treatment in Germany in the offseason, Kareem calls out Andrew Bynum, and Shaq said the Lakers tried to tank games in the past.