The Los Angeles Lakers lost Kobe Bryant for the year, but haven’t given up. Two triple-doubles in three games from Pau Gasol, along with superstar play from Dwight Howard, propelled Los Angeles into the playoffs as the seventh seed in the Western Conference, which has earned them a date with the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs have struggled lately, but they always seem to turn it on in the playoffs, so it will be interesting to see just how long the Lakers can ride this momentum without Bryant to bail them out of clutch situations. Tony Parker will need to be on his “A” game and San Antonio will have to execute without giving Tim Duncan more than 30 minutes per game, which is easier said than done.
Below is the schedule for this first-round, Western Conference series, including dates, times and television networks. All times are Eastern.
Game 1: Sunday, April 21, at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m. on ABC
Game 2: Wednesday, April 24, at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. on TNT
Game 3: Friday, April 26, at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. on ESPN
Game 4: Sunday, April 28, at Los Angeles, 7:00 p.m. on TNT
Game 5: Tuesday, April 30, at San Antonio, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Thursday, May 2, at Los Angeles, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Saturday, May 4, at San Antonio, TBD (if necessary)