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Game 4 Preview: San Antonio Spurs at LA Lakers

Will the Spurs end the Lakers' misery tonight?


What hasn't been said about this series? Look around the site for all kinds of analysis and nifty things like shot selection charts. Look elsewhere on the internet for discussion on how much a train wreck the Lakers are at this point. And not just sites like ESPN or Grantland. It is very likely that if one were to go to one would find an article on the L.A. Lakers. The Spurs are awesome this season, and the Lakers this season resemble... But that is not exactly revelatory information. So here are some things to look for in tonight's game that probably won't be discussed on Pardon the Infection. (That is what the I stands for right?)

Will Steve Nash be replaced by a T-1000 robot?

Nash is questionable for this game. He has been getting cortisone and epidural injections as if they are tic-tacs. However with Steve Blake still out due to a strained hamstring, Nash will probably see limutes. It would be safe to assume that the Nash who is on the floor will not be the same player who flopped into a NBA Playoffs banner after a "foul" by Robert Horry (still can't let that go). However there is another way. Lakers sponsor Skynet has been begging to replace Nash's body with mimetic poly-alloy. With all that tongue waving, it is obvious that Nash has already tried the Dr. Conners method. So Spurs fans can only hope that Arnold Schwarzenegger attends this game, just in case... Oh and Toby Maguire Andrew Garfield wouldn't hurt either.

How agro is Mr. Pringles going to get during this game?

Mike D'Antoni was looking mighty furious during the first three games of this series. After the first game, he called one of the best Lakers ever "a fan". And during Game 2, he was so dejected that he started quoting Shakespeare to random referees. What is the next level of frustration? Will something flip inside the mind of The Pringles that makes him transform into full-on walrus mode? Or will he get so fed up with the lack of guards on the Lakers that he suits up and plays point? If the Spurs break away early, then look at the Lakers' bench to witness some serious raging.

Will the announcers talk about the Spurs for more than 5 minutes?

So it is a foregone conclusion that Kobe will be at the Staples Center tonight. It is likely that the Spurs will come out swinging, and there won't be much to talk about game-wise. It is also obvious that many sports pundits can't be bothered with talking about the aforementioned awesomeness of the Spurs. Of course there is much to talk about. Tim Duncan is looking like a friggen boss. Tony and Manu are playing fantastically. And Matt Bonner is quickly becoming a crucial part of the Spurs' playoff offense. If Sean Elliot and the bunch are not calling this game, then it might be best to put the television set on mute and listen to a Slayer album or something.

Game Analysis:

The Spurs are going into this game with every intention of ending this series now. Meanwhile the Lakers are going into this game with what seems like 3 active players. Because the Lakers are playing at home, this game might get a bit uncomfortable at times. However, the Spurs are just too focused to drop this series-ending game against a team like the Lakers.


The Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Danny Green
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: Tiago Splitter
C: Tim Duncan

Key "Bench" Players
Patty Mills
Boris Diaw
Tracy McGrady
Head Coach
Gregg Popovich


The Starters
PG: Steve Nash
SG: Darius Morris
SF: Metta World Peace
PF: Pau Gasol
C: Dwight Howard

Key Bench Players
Antwan Jamison
Earl Clark
Robert Sacre

Head Coach
Mike D'Antoni

The perspective of the Lakers can be found here @Silver Screen and Roll.

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Game Prediction: Spurs by 11

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