Well the game went the way we all wanted it to, we got the win but still there were some things during the game that I did not particular like. We were careless with the ball. We had a total of 19 turnovers and the game where we looked to have some sort of control, seemed to almost spiral out of control in the fourth quarter.
Most of us thought that this game should of been a complete blowout. With Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard not in the lineup for the Lakers, we all had that feeling that we would dominate in the paint. During the game we did find our way into the paint and it seemed as if we were on a way to a blowout win. Low and behold the Lakers showed the fight that many were probably surprised by.
Enter Earl Clark.
This kid came off of the bench to set career highs in both points, 22 points, and rebounds, 13. Though Clark had himself a good game, Metta World Peace was an animal and early on took it to Thiago Splitter. Artest......argghhh....Peace was throwing his muscles around Splitter and made it a nightmarish night for our big man. I was yelling at my television during the game as it seemed as if Splitter was playing to soft. You may not agree with me, but I feel Splitter needs to be more aggressive down low.
In the fourth things started to get testy as more technicals were being handed out like candy on halloween. Stephen Jackson got two techs within a few minutes of each other and was tossed after he was complaining of being hit on a shot. This is what I like about Jackson. I think he felt that the game was not going their way at the time and we all know that something like this usually makes a team get that adrenaline they were losing.
With 43 seconds left in the game, Ginobili hit a three on the right side to put the Spurs up by a small margin. Kobe had a chance to tie, but his attempt was short but another chance was handed to Clark. When his shot went up I thought the game would be sent into overtime, only reason, looking at the game that Clark had, why not.
We escaped with the three point victory and handed the Lakers their 5th straight loss. It is not looking good for the purple and gold. I think Kobe's reaction after that last shot with him pulling his jersey out of his shorts pretty much sums up his frustrations with the team.
To me, if I were on the team, that is not what I would want to see from 'our leader'.