The 2012-13 campaign as a whole has truly been a nightmare in every sense of the word for the Los Angeles Lakers. A season filled with injuries, unfulfilled expectations and an overwhelming amount of frustration has culminated into where the team is right now — one game away from playoff elimination.
It didn’t take long for everyone to realize just how much we miscalculated the Lakers’ ceiling. When Dwight Howard and Steve Nash landed in Hollywood, the excitement in L.A. was palpable. Surely, with four future Hall of Famers on the roster, we could just as well skip the regular season and watch the Lakers take on the Miami Heat in the NBA finals? It didn’t quite work out that well.
All the nagging injuries throughout the season eventually led to the unthinkable – Kobe Bryant tearing his Achilles. The very limited hopes of a deep playoff run vanished into thin air. The Lakers caught a rare break by not only making it into the playoffs, but grabbing the 7th seed, avoiding the Oklahoma City Thunder and instead taking on the San Antonio Spurs, a seemingly favorable matchup.
Yet here they are, with a starting backcourt of Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris, both playing over 37 minutes, and getting blown out at home by 31 points.
At this point, the end to this season is no longer a feared and unthinkable conclusion for the Lakers, but a sweet release. The team’s spirit and resilience tanks have been depleted, and the Spurs will most likely end L.A’s suffering Sunday evening.