Suffice to say I am both quite relieved, and feeling pretty damn pleased at the moment.
An awesomely tight contest, and LA ended up in front at the end. Wait, did I read that somewhere before?
“Lakers win a tight contest.”
Oh yes… that’s right. Aaaaany way… Lakers head back to LA-La land, with a 3-1 lead in hand, and the opportunity to close out the reigning champions at the Staples Center. Still – the Spurs are still the SPURS, and the Lakers will have to bring their ‘A’ game for #5.
Predictably, Ginobli was awful. The Spurs really seem to live & die by their Manu lately. Duncan was – as usual – very good… and the surprise for San Antonio was Brent Barry, who was pretty damn awesome in his… err… best Manu impersonation. Still not the real thing, and Kobe with a double/double leads the way home.
Can’t really say too much now – bit too ecstatic. Maybe more later when the pulse rate slows down below 120…
Update: Ok, feeling much more normal now… still rather elated, but probably in a fair frame of mind to put down a little more.
Only time the Spurs have lost at home during these playoffs, and I’ll hazard a guess (even tho’ apparently I was wrong to even think the Lakers’d win this one!) that that’s all it will take. Lakers should win this in 5 now.
Kobe was fairly emphatic in a nailbiter – 10 rebounds. I cannot remember the last time Kobe had 10 rebounds… (ok, slight exaggeration there). And hops? Two absolutely phenomenal dunks. Here’s the best of them.
Was a hellishly good contest, as expected – tighter than a fish’s butt. Really enjoyed it, tho’ the end was nerve-wracking. Gotta say I dip my lid to Pop, Tim, Barry and crew – class act (even if your fans are pretty rabid).
But as Marc Stein intimated, Spurs had the best of the whistle all night, and didn’t really deserve to win.
So… bring on game 5. Should be brilliant – and with the Spurs THIS much with their backs to the wall, expect a damn good performance.
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