Better team showed up, better team won. Props to the Spurs, and Tim Duncan in particular, who knows and shows how hoops should be played. Young point guard who's going to get a lot better makes them formidable for awhile still. Darn good coach in Popovich, too.
Karl Mailman has hinted at entertaining thoughts of donning the Purple and Gold, making a run for a ring. It would be interesting but there's no telling about chemistry. Walton changed his game, going to Boston for a(nother) ring; Wilt, too, when he came to L.A. We shall see. If Dallas adds a center of any substance at all, they're automatically tough.
I haven't watched any of the East, so I don't know whether Jersey actually has gotten better. I don't really seeing it matter. San Antonio is a cat-quiet V-10 right now, and the bench (who in the HELL is this Jinoboli guy?) is contributing.
Fox was missed by the Lakers (I don't think it would've made the difference) but not as much as Webber is missed by the Kings, who should never be looking at a 7th game with a team that let Portland almost take their season away.
Lakers will re-tool. Samaki Walker has got to go. I like Medvedenko - really showed his up-side last night - but nothing's sure other than they'll be a different team next year. Probably even fair to wonder if Jackson will return to coach.
Recess is OVER!