SPURS AT LAKERS
Throughout NBA history there have been rivalries that stay heated by
fans and players for quite some time. Back in the day it used to be
the Boston Celtics vs. the Los Angeles Lakers and just recently that
rivalry has been reborn with last yearís NBA Finals. In the East
there used to be some really heated showdowns between Michael
Jordanís Chicago Bulls and both the Detroit Pistons and the New York
Knicks. In todayís NBA you really donít see heated rivalries that
often anymore, but occasionally there are some pretty good ones!
When the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers go head to head,
no matter how well either team is playing at that time during the
season there is always a playoff atmosphere with both squad wants to
tear each other part because the pain of losing to one another is
just too much to bear.
Both of these teams have burned each other on several occasions in
the past. The most famous of which has to be the .04 game winning
shot by Lakers point guard Derek Fisher in the playoffs in San
Antonio. The shot was so amazing in a game filled back and forth
battles that it will go down as one of the best clutch shots of all
time. I still canít believe it after watching it live and it
happened way back in 2004.
That is just what you can expect in when the Spurs take on the
Lakers, last second shots and a playoff atmosphere like no other in
an NBA regular season game. In their last meeting about a week ago
the same kind of intensity was displayed by both teams who had no
intentions of losing when the game was on the line. Kobe Bryant hit
a clutch three pointer which only seconds remaining and the game
seemed to be in the bag for the Lakers, but that was far from the
truth with the Spurs getting one last possession.
Only a few ticks left on the clock and an unlikely hero was born
when the Spurs Roger Mason got fouled on a made shot near the three
point line by whom else, but Spurs killer Derek Fisher. Mason went
to the line and sealed the deal for the Spurs heating this rivalry
up to a boiling point.
That loss was the first of two in row by the Los Angeles Lakers as
they dropped another close one at home to the much improved Orlando
Magic team lead by Dwight Howard. The Lakers did manage to rebound
rather quickly by beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers
pretty convincingly to end their two game skid. Since then the
Lakers have been on somewhat of tear by winning three straight
headed into their rematch with the Spurs in Los Angeles.
If this game is anything like the last one we are all in for a great
game at the Staples Center! The Spurs are a solid team as usual this
season, but Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are rolling and quite
possibly the best team in the NBA right now. Unless Kobeís finger
starts really bothering the reigning NBA MVP enough to affect his
play the Lakers should get a victory on Sunday in LA.
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