The San Antonio Spurs suffered their second consecutive loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers and finished the regular season on a losing note. However, no one will ever think twice about these last two losses again.
The game meant absolutely nothing for both teams as far as playoff implications go. The Spurs already had the first seed wrapped up and the Lakers solidified their fate a long time ago. As the Spurs prepare for the upcoming playoffs, Gregg Popovich decided to rest his veteran post Tim Duncan and his sensational reserve Marco Belinelli.
Big time starters like Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and Danny Green saw limited minutes once again and did not seem particularly interested in defeating the lifeless Lakers. Recently-signed reserves Damion James and Austin Daye were able to get solid minutes and prepare themselves for the playoff push. It is likely that Popovich will call on them in game-specific situations to perform, and they must be ready.
The Spurs were still able to reach triple-digits in scoring as a team while appearing to be in cruise control the whole game. It might say more about the Lakers’ awful defense than the Spurs’ offensive abilities, but it happened with a less-than-stellar effort nonetheless.
It was evident that the Spurs were focused on getting the game over with so they can set their sights on their first-round opponent, the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs have swept the season series, but the battles between these two teams are never easy.