San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Double Take
By Chaitrali Kulkarni
The San Antonio Spurs went face-to-face with LeBron James’ new look Los Angeles Lakers and came out on top in both games.
Over the off-season, everyone was concerned about where LeBron James would go. Once he picked the Lakers, the world waited in anticipation to see how that experiment would turn out. It is early in the season and there are a lot of games left to play, however this bad of a start for LeBron is not common.
Knowing that San Antonio played them twice in the same week, I had no idea what to expect but I was expecting to experience a high level of stress.
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When we played them on Monday night, I was nervous. They are a good team with LeBron added to the mix. They had not won a game yet and I sure did not want their first win to be against the San Antonio.
The Spurs shockingly and excitingly had the lead for most of the game, but with LeBron being LeBron, L.A. was able to make up the difference and he hit the game-tying three.
Now it would be the first overtime game of the season for the Spurs and I honestly did not think we would win that one. The Lakers came back in overtime knowing they needed a win in front of the home crowd.
Somehow, the basketball gods were on the Spurs’ side that night because LeBron missed two very important free-throws and Patty Mills made that game winning two-pointer.
Fast-forward to Saturday night: San Antonio had come back from a pretty bad loss against the Indiana Pacers and the Lakers had finally started winning. To make matters, worse, Rajon Rondo came back from his suspension. So what did this all mean for round two of Spurs vs Lakers? Once again, I was nervous because this time, they were coming for revenge.
The Lakers held the lead for the majority of the time. San Antonio was down by as many as 14 points. This time, I thought maybe this time we would be the ones to lose by a couple of points, but then something magical happened. They we were not just able to catch up to L.A, but they won the game in regulation.
All Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan had two very good games in those nights, scoring an average of 32 points for the two games. Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge also had a very good game the first night with a grand total of 37 points, although he only made 15 the second game which made a difference.
Another big factor between the two games was the three-point percentage. Tor game one, San Antonio shot almost 74 percent, whereas the second game was only 19 percent. Looking to the future I think Spurs vs. Lakers will continue to be quite stressful and only get harder from here on out. The Lakers will start getting better with time and will definitely come at the Spurs with everything and then some.
As a team, the Spurs just have to keep doing what they do best, playing that team basketball.