Spurs Making Lakers Playoff Exit Look Like Foregone Conclusion

For those of you still awake, this Los Angeles Lakers' 2012-13 story is finally almost over.

The San Antonio Spurs are close to ending the Hollywood drama following its 102-91 Game 2 win Wednesday night. They now lead L.A. in the opening-round series 2-0.

There's only small breaths of hope left in the admittedly resilient Purple and Gold lungs.

Gregg Popovich and the Spurs are just too good.

The Lakers lost Kobe Bryant and were forced to change everything. The Spurs, meanwhile, continue to run a system that has been perfected throughout the season (and decade).

...And the Spurs look healthy.

And Dwight Howard can't outplay the 36-year-old Tim Duncan.

And there’s no Bryant to bail them out in the fourth quarter.

Mitch Kupchak, how does that make you feel?

The Lakers have struggled all season, and if anyone was asked midseason how they’d match up against the Spurs in the playoffs, the laughs would have been resounding.

So it should come as no surprise the Lakers have struggled in the first two games of this Round 1 matchup considering that same bad team is even more hobbled and shorthanded.

Meanwhile, San Antonio looks plenty healthy.

Tony Parker appears plenty ready to knock out the Lakers despite missing games in March and April with neck and ankle ailments. The Lakers don't have the ability to slow down Parker, who went for 28 points and seven assists Wednesday night.

Additionally, Manu Ginobili is in routine postseason form. He was again key off the bench, scoring 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting and adding seven assists in just 19 limited minutes.

Truly, though, it hasn’t been an issue of the Lakers defense.

Once Bryant was lost for the season, the Lakers needed to adjust their offense to take advantage of the post talents of...

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