Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Lessons from the win against San Antonio Spurs

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The Los Angeles Lakers are back on a winning streak, again. The Lakers have swept another Western Conference opponent, again. LeBron James dominated, again. Lake Show Life shows all the fun in Lake Show Life Lessons!

Remember when the Los Angeles Lakers were on a fast track to a cliff last year? You know, when the trade deadline was coming and rumors were so rampant for ten days, it could have been a reality show. The locker room was basically divided by then and it was the beginning of an embarrassing six-month period. This year is entirely different. The team is very close, it’s very quiet on the trade front (It’s quiet on the front office end!) and the Lakers have already passed the win total of last year and it’s not even the All-Star break yet.

It seems that the Lakers are hitting their stride with their second straight blowout in as many games with a 129-102 win over the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on Tuesday night. With this win, the Lakers swept the season series 3-0 and improve to 38-11 on the season. The Lake Show can add that to the list of tiebreakers they own in case the LA Clippers try to make things difficult at the end of the season. The Lakers still need to win the last two games head to head, but racking wins on the rest of the Western Conference will definitely help the cause.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be back at it on Thursday. That’s the night that we all find out if a certain blonde guy with the zero jersey is still around. They will take on the Houston Rockets, who will already be a totally different squad. With Clint Capela gone, barring another deal, the Rockets are really making a case for joining the 6 feet and under league.

Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, Dwight Howard and LeBron James are probably looking at their phones just arguing over who is going to be able to score 40 points on the smallest team in the NBA. But first things first, the San Antonio Spurs.

For the first time since Spurs assistant coach, Tim Duncan was a senior at Wake Forest, the Spurs had absolutely no chance of winning this game. As easy as it seemed for the Lakers against the Sacramento Kings, it looked even more like a cakewalk in this one. The reason why is because of the stifling defense that has been missing at times over the past couple of months.

Anthony Davis made it clear that he wanted to win the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award. He might want to add this game to the highlight reel because he took LaMarcus Aldridge’s lunch money and any chance to get on track offensively. Aldridge is considered one of the best post scorers in the NBA. On this night he was held to 7 points on 3-10 shooting.

It was almost unfair for San Antonio on the boards. The Lakers out-rebounded the Spurs 58-28 with a bigger frontline that seemed to bully Aldridge and his teammates at every turn. When Aldridge wasn’t effective on the boards, the Lakers drew him from the basket to guard Davis while the reigning NBA low post tag team champions, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard dominated down low. How bad was it for the Spurs? They grabbed only three rebounds in the fourth quarter. Of course, they didn’t have many opportunities. Led by LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma’s long-range displays, the Lakers went 16 of 24 from the field.

Let’s get to Lake Show Life Lessons. LeBron James did okay.