Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 4/28/13
All it took was a week (literally) for the San Antonio Spurs to defeat and eliminate the injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers, as Sunday was the final game of the Lakers’ 2013 campaign, where the Spurs once more blew them out on their own floor 103-82. It was a tale of two “stars” on Sunday, as Tony Parker led the Spurs like any captain would in a battle to put away the enemy - by leading his charge with 23 points and four assists to send D-League guards Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris back to the Summer League at least gaining some experience in competing with one of the NBA’s premier point guards. The other “star” Dwight Howard, did the opposite Sunday as Howard let his emotions guide him and he eventually ended up watching his team lose from the locker room, as Howard was ejected early in the third quarter with two technical fouls. As had been the trend in the series, the Lakers, missing a plethora of their key contributors, were able to compete with the Spurs for one or two quarters, but by half Sunday, they already found themselves facing an 18-point deficit. Five Spurs players scored in double-figures on Sunday and every player in uniform got at minimum three minutes of playing time. Even Tracy McGrady, who hadn’t played a regular season game with San Antonio, logged five minutes and an assist in the blow out. With Tiago Splitter sidelined with a sprained ankle, Aron Baynes earned the start and did what was needed of him – play solid defense and score when you’re put into good opportunities.  Baynes finished the game with six points but his defense was the key. With so much mass on his body, he was able to stand his ground with Howard in the post and it frustrated Howard so much in the third quarter, that he eventually earned his second technical foul from arguing about positioning in the post to the referee. Kawhi Leonard (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals), Tim Duncan (11 points, 6 rebounds), and Danny Green (9 points – 1/3 three pointers) all chipped in on the starting unit to help Parker and Baynes. While DeJuan Blair (13 points), Gary Neal (11 points), and Manu Ginobili (6 assists) paced the Spurs’ bench to outscore the depleted Lakers bench unit 41-31. In the four games, the three constants for the Spurs to use as key elements going forward into their next series is their defense, transition on offense, and careful handling of the basketball. Defensively, the Spurs again had successful quarters holding the Lakers to no more than 24 points in a quarter, and their best display was the second quarter where they held the Lakers to 14 points. As for transition on offense, the Spurs again dominated the fast break points as they outscored the Lakers 19-4. The speed of the Spurs’ guards mixed with the inexperience of the Lakers’ backcourt and the slower Lakers forwards and centers, gave the Spurs the fast break advantage they needed to prepare to play up-tempo teams in the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors. One huge benefit the Spurs have had in the playoffs is their careful possession of the ball. The Spurs finished game four with just eight turnovers and kept their turnovers relatively low in the series as opposed to their season average where they turned the ball over almost 15 times per game. The Spurs will now have time to rest, recover (Boris Diaw and Splitter), and prepare for their next opponent – the Nuggets or Warriors. After game four, Tony Parker told a TNT reporter the next series was going to be a “track meet.” As the Spurs close one chapter on their 2013 playoff book in Los Angeles, they await to see whether chapter two will begin in Denver or Golden State.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Carmelo Anthony: Knicks were more free-flowing before triangle emphasis

Report: Deal in works for Raiders to play at Sam Boyd Stadium in Vegas

Yoenis Cespedes: MLB would grow if they played with Latin culture

Georgetown fires John Thompson III after 13 seasons

GGG, Canelo Alvarez reportedly resume fight talks

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Shaq comes clean on flat earth talk: ‘I’m joking, you idiots’

NFL to discuss possibility of reviewing penalties

Report: Paul George wants to play with Gordon Hayward

Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias injures elbow, hip in shower fall

Report: Top NFL draft prospect Fabian Moreau has torn pectoral

Five teams that could trade down in the NFL draft

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

The 'Duke schadenfreude season came early this year' quiz

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Re-ranking the Sweet 16 for the NCAA Tournament

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/22: Team USA is heading to the championship

The 'With teammates like this, who needs rivals?' quiz

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Re-ranking the Sweet 16 for the NCAA Tournament

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Eastern Conference bottom feeders to watch down the stretch

The 'With teammates like this, who needs rivals?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker