Jeff Gross

NBA playoffs 2013, Spurs vs. Lakers: L.A. embarrassed in four-game sweep

The short-handed Lakers didn't put up any fight in Games 3 and 4, falling by a combined 52 points and seeing their season end with a four-game sweep at the hands of the Spurs.

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How wrong we were

The beginning of the NBA season seems so long ago. That goes double for the Lakers, who were supposed to be good enough to not get swept out of the first round. We review our preview of L.A. in the wake of their dismissal.

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It's over: Spurs sweep Lakers out of the playoffs

The Spurs dominated Game 4 against the Lakers as they completed their sweep of the Lakers. They will advance to face either the Nuggets or Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.

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Spurs lead Lakers at halftime, 52-34

The Lakers are one loss away from being swept by the the Spurs, who are leading at the half.

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Gasol will play Game 4 with torn finger ligament

Pau Gasol will play the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 4 with a splint on his right middle finger.

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Can Pau and Dwight dominate?

Devoid of healthy perimeter players, the Lakers are trying to avoid getting swept by the Spurs.

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Splitter out indefinitely

Spurs center Tiago Splitter is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle, but the team is hoping he will return if the team advances to the next round.

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"Focus and health" paramount for Spurs

Duncan and the Spurs have positioned themselves to get plenty of rest before the Western Conference Semifinals.

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Metta World Peace says he'll miss Game 4

Metta World Peace looks like he'll be another name on the Lakers' impossibly long injury list.

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Dwight Howard frustrated in press conference

The Lakers big man's disappointing first season in Los Angeles is nearing its end. And Howard is frustrated about how it's ending.

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Spurs hand Lakers worst home playoff loss

The Spurs spread the wealth and left the Lakers looking poor in Game 3.

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Spurs face desperate Lakers in Los Angeles

The Spurs head to Los Angeles with an opportunity to pick up their third straight win in their opening playoff series. Will the Spurs move one step closer to sweeping the Lakers, or will the Lakers pull out a desperation win at home?

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Nash could play for banged-up Lakers

Steve Nash might be able to play for the Lakers, which is great news for a team that was on the verge of starting some guys you've only heard of if you're a complete basketball nerd.

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Lakers' Nash, Blake & Meeks hurt heading to Game 3

The Los Angeles Lakers' perimeter depth was struck three-fold by injuries in a Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

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Time to think about Dwight's future

Dwight Howard will be a free agent in July. If he prioritizes a championship, are there any better options than L.A.?

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Nash to receive 3rd epidural

Steve Nash may have pushed through an injury during the Lakers' Game 2 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.

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Parker, Spurs topple hobbled Lakers in Game 2

The big three, plus Kawhi Leonard, turned out to be too much for the hobbled Lakers to handle in Game 2 in the Lone Star State.

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Spurs end 1st half with 13-2 run to grab lead

The Lakers' bigs helped keep things tight for most of the fist half, but late giveaways and the stellar play of Tim Duncan helped the Spurs close out the half and take a substantial lead.

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Lakers look to avoid 2-0 deficit in San Antonio

What can the Lakers do to avoid bringing a 2-0 series deficit back to Staples Center later this week?

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The Lakers need to make open shots

The Spurs bullied the Lakers in the paint throughout Game 1, daring the Lakers to beat them from the perimeter. What do the Lakers do? Break through the barrier and make San Antonio pay for gambling.

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Hill could return for Lakers in Game 2

Returning much earlier than expected, Lakers big man Jordan Hill could play in Game 2 against the Spurs on Wednesday night.

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Steve Nash should be ready for Game 2 vs. Spurs

The Los Angeles Lakers should have their point guard available against the San Antonio Spurs despite him not being himself in Game 1.

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The real issue with the Lakers' offense

Many criticized the Lakers for not getting the ball down low enough against the Spurs in Game 1, but was that the real issue? We explain why the fix is more complex than one might think.

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Phil Jackson still haunts the Lakers

Lakers management tried to disappear Phil Jackson's imprint from the team two years ago. We're still talking about the Zen Master after a Lakers loss. Welp.

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Manu brilliant despite injury

Manu Ginobili's hamstring injury was supposed to hamper him in the playoffs. Instead, he led the Spurs in scoring in a win.

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Things are getting awkward on Twitter

Kobe Bryant had some thoughts throughout the Lakers' Game 1 loss and he enlisted old pal Phil Jackson to help him out.

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Spurs win easily, same as it ever was

The Spurs' Big Three was dependable as always, with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker each playing big parts in a near wire-to-wire win over the Lakers in Game 1.

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With Nash, hot Lakers open playoffs in San Antonio

The Los Angeles Lakers, not the San Antonio Spurs, are the hot team entering the postseason.

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Spurs predicted to send shorthanded Lakers fishing

The Lakers squeaked into the playoffs, their fate coming down to the final day of the regular season. Is the loss of Kobe Bryant too much to overcome against the Spurs? Predictions have San Antonio taking the series.

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Steve Nash to play in Lakers' Game 1 against Spurs

The Los Angeles Lakers will receive a boost as their point guard returns for the playoffs.

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Can the Lakers pull off an upset?

The Lakers try to pull an improbable upset minus the face of their franchise.

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Spurs aim to be more consistent in playoffs

Tim Duncan and the Spurs bring their consistent play into the playoffs, which serves as a great snapshot of what the organization has been since drafting Duncan: consistency, dominance, and high expectations for 16 seasons.

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Lakers face long odds in playoffs

The Lakers have plenty of championship history behind them, but it's now so far back it means next to nothing in the present.

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Despite struggles, Spurs still favored

Despite momentum being on the side of the Lakers, the Spurs are still heavy favorites in the first round.

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D'Antoni-Popovich: Same coaches, different era

Gregg Popovich and Mike D'Antoni have a bit of a history, although it was in a different lifetime. Are there any vestiges of the Spurs-Suns series of the mid-2000's in 2013's Spurs-Lakers series?

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Lakers vs. Spurs: Regular season retrospective

The Spurs and Lakers played three close games during the regular season. Will the playoffs be just as tough for both teams?

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Dwight's backdoor lob

Without Kobe Bryant, the Lakers will need to run more set offense than they did for most of the year. This backscreen play for Dwight Howard is an example of what's possible when that happens.

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The Spurs' lethal side pick and roll

The San Antonio Spurs' motion offense is a thing of beauty, but one particular play out of the Motion Weak alignment is particularly devastating to defenses.

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Nash hopes to play in Game 1 after epidurals

The Lakers need all the help they can get in their opening round playoff matchup against the Spurs, and point guard Steve Nash is doing everything he can to get back on the court.

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