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The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers will meet in the 1st round of the playoffs. This is surprising that they are meeting so early, as these were 2 teams that were projected to be among the top 3 or 4 teams in the West. But with the Lakers’ chemistry and injury problems, they barely made it into the playoffs, but this sets up one of the most entertaining battles of the opening round.
Both teams come limping into the playoffs, as Manu Ginobili has been out and may miss the series and it is well known that Kobe Bryant is out for the playoffs after his achilles tear. The Lakers will be going inside early in often, throwing the ball into the low post for Dwight Howard to score and the high post for Pau Gasol to either score, or make a pass. The rest of the team simply needs to hit threes. With the attention paid to Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol and with little respect to any other player other than Steve Nash, their shooters will be open constantly and they need to hit every wide ...
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If the Lakers were looking for bulletin board material against the Spurs, Rockets GM Daryl Morey has provided it. See what he said.
If there's one thing we know about San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, it's that all he cares about is winning, no matter how pretty or ugly he has to do it.
And that includes implementing "Hack-a-Howard."
Popovich will find himself in several spots to utilize this tactic when the Spurs open their first round playoff match-up Sunday against Dwight Howard...
"I'm sure they'll try it."
Those are the words from Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni when asked his thoughts on the San Antonio Spurs intentionally fouling Dwight Howard (aka Hack-A-Howard) during their opening playoff series against the Spurs which begins tomorrow.
After yesterday's Lakers practice session, D'Antoni spoke on the...
The big news Wednesday night was that the Los Angeles Lakers earned the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 99-95 overtime win against the Houston Rockets. But a story that largely went under the radar was that Lakers center Dwight Howard became the youngest player in NBA history to notch 9,000 rebounds
The 27-year-old grabbed his 9,000th rebound in the first quarter...
Lakers center Dwight Howard knows that with the way he resides in the paint for the majority of games, fouls will come his way. And with Kobe Bryant out for the remainder of the season, he has become the focal point of the Lakers offense. So when asked what he thinks about the Spurs adopting [...]
Dwight Howard's first season with the Los Angeles Lakers has been filled with more twists, setbacks and disappointments than he ever imagined when he was traded last summer.
He's still hoping the Lakers can come up with a few more surprises for the playoffs.
Los Angeles reached the postseason as the Western Conference's seventh seed with an overtime victory over Houston...
PAU! RIGHT IN THE KISSER!
Kobe Bryant took to Twitter to show that even though he won't be on the court during the team's playoff run doesn't mean he doesn't have his teammate's backs.
Has There Ever Been A More Eventful Lakers Season?
Think about it.
There have certainly been better seasons in Laker-Land.
Many eventful ones too – 2008 springs to mind – from Kobe’s trade demand, to Bynum’s emergence and injury, through Gasol’s arrival and a Finals run.
2004 was pretty eventful too. Phil even wrote a book about it.
None of these seasons come even CLOSE...
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In a pre-game interview, John Ireland asked Coach Mike D’Antoni what he planned to tell the team in order to get ready for tonight’s game.
“Bad things are gonna happen, “ D’Antoni said. “But don’t tie your troubles together.”
There were certainly troubles with which the Lakers had to face tonight. A team who averaged the...
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After such a tumultuous season, the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers with a starting lineup consisting of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard have managed to will their way into the playoffs having secured the 7th seed and a first round matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. This season was likely the most difficult...
Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has taken to Twitter and has given the public some pretty insightful and also quite random tweets.
Today hasn't been any different. Jackson took to Twitter to give a friendly jab to one of his former players, Pau Gasol. Gasol tweeted about his last practice before the playoffs started and Jackson held nothing back from poking fun...
The Los Angeles Lakers are going in the first round against the San Antonio Spurs confident and ready. They're gearing up strategy on how to play against the second seeded Spurs and looking on what makes their engine go.
Lakers forward Pau Gasol already knows what his mission is going to be. He's going to shoulder the task on defending the 36 year old Tim Duncan, who...
Steve Blake scored 24 points, Pau Gasol added his seventh career
triple-double, and the Los Angeles Lakers secured the seventh
playoff seed in the Western Conference with a 99-95 overtime
victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.