The San Antonio Spurs easily defeated the Lakers, the big brother in the city of Los Angeles. The first round win by the Spurs was no big deal. Not a scent of a championship title could be detected by the Spurs at this juncture of the NBA title race. The Lakers were without Kobe Bryant and for all intent and purposes the Lakers was a depleted team whose cast of players were brought together to embellish and re-live dreams of championship glory for the Lakers and the city of Los Angeles. It was not to be.
San Antonio won the first round playoff series against the Lakers, but the series did not provide the test the Spurs needed to gage how they would perform against other competition or where they were as a team overall. The key factor was that the Spurs had made it to the second round despite the injuries and the recovery of key players. The Spurs were not playing to a level that had anyone predicting that the Spurs are contenders to win it all. Maybe not even the Spurs themselves believed they were the team to beat on the run for a NBA championship title.