Los Angeles Lakers Must End Their Road Trip the Way it Was Started

March 26th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
If the Los Angeles Lakers are searching for a blueprint for postseason success, a good starting point would be the defensive performance against San Antonio on Wednesday night.

Phil Jackson should bookmark the fourth quarter of that game, and when his team fails to display the same type of aggressiveness and tenacity, he can return to that scene as a point of reference.

The Lakers defeated the Spurs, 92-83, and held Tim Duncan to six points on 2-for-11 shooting, while San Antonio only managed to shoot 37 percent from the field for the entire game.

Manu Ginobili scored 24 points, but in the fourth quarter, he was blanketed by Ron Artest, who had five steals for the Lakers and played the type of suffocating defense which has become his signature.

The most impressive part about the Lakers' performance is the fact they trailed for the majority of the contest, but at the end of the third quarter there was a sense of foreboding in the Spurs' mood.

It was almost like San Antonio had given the Lakers their best shot, only to glance over to the Los Angeles bench and have their stares confronted with confidence and steely resolve.
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