2013 NBA Playoffs In-Depth Preview: Los Angeles Lakers (7) vs. San Antonio Spurs (2) —Breakdown And Prediction

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Apr 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) is defended by San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While it wasn’t far fetched to picture these two teams playing against one another in the playoffs coming into the 2012-13 NBA season, I don’t think anyone expected for it to be this soon as the Los Angeles Lakers (45-37) and San Antonio Spurs (58-24) will face off in the opening round.

The Spurs and Lakers are two of the more veteran squads in the NBA and though many faces have changed over the years, these are the two teams who have largely ruled the Western Conference in the 2000′s.

Sadly, Kobe Bryant won’t be joining us for this series after tearing his Achilles on April 12 against the Golden State Warriors but this is still a compelling series.

Despite the Spurs superior record during the regular season, these two teams were very evenly matched in their three games. Every game was decided by five points or less and the Spurs won two of three games between the long time rivals.

We will break down the series by positions, bench and coaching.

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