Like I wrote in the recaps for the Western Conference semis, I don’t count the Spurs out ever until they are eliminated, no matter how bad it looks. But they’ve looked nothing short of sloppy and out of sync for the second half of Game One and the last three quarters of Game Two, basically allowing Kobe & Co. to walk all over them. Kobe had 22, Odom 20, Pau had 10 and 7 boards, and even Jordan Farmar knocked in 14 off the bench. Ginobili couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, and Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were the only Spurs players to score in double figures.
Sunday will be different because San Antonio obviously plays better at home. But the Lakers right now are executing in ways the defending champs can’t defend. I don’t believe the Spurs will go down 3-0 on Sunday, however, there’s a very good chance that this series could return to Los Angeles with Kobe looking to close the whole thing out. San Antonio looks ready to lose a game at home when they can least afford it.
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