J. Gomez: The Spurs did exactly what they were supposed to do and won comfortably in LA to increase their lead on the series to 3-0. The Lakers are just too shorthanded to be a threat in the post season and you have to wonder if they would not have been better off missing the playoffs altogether. The Spurs keep getting in rhythm but unfortunately the worst thing that could happen at this point --an injury -- took place in the third quarter. Tiago Splitter had to be helped off the court after spraining his ankle.
As for the game itself, the Spurs made enough mistakes to allow the Lakers to hang around for a half after getting a substantial lead in the first quarter but the W was never in question. In the second half the Lakers just had no offense left and the Spurs rode a dominant Duncan (26 points in 16 shots and nine boards) to an easy win.
Tony Parker had another good game with 20 points and seven assists to counter surprisingly efficient performances from Darius Morris (24 points) and Andrew Goudelock (20 points) on the losing effort. Pau Gasol recorded a triple double and Dwight Howard had 25 and 11 but the Lakers simply didn't have the horses to keep up once the Spurs pulled away.
Game four will take place in the Staples Center on Sunday. The Spurs will likely be without Splitter, which should give the Lakers an even a bigger size advantage. We'll see if they want to exploit it or call it a season after so many setbacks.
The recap will be up soon