Last time I talked to Jeff Garcia of Project Spurs, he was basically conceding the first Spurs/Lakers match-up to the City of Angels. But the opposite happened. Kobe Bryant's back flared up and was essentially useless after the first quarter. The Spurs went on to beat the Lakers, 105-85. I thought Jeff was going to be extremely happy with that but when we talked about it, he didn't seem TOO pleased.
Rey: Isn't someone happy today? Ha ha ha. I didn't expect something like THIS.
Jeff: Is this where I prepare for Laker Nation to say "no Gasol and a banged-up Bryant"?
Rey: The rest of Laker Nation, yes, but you're not going to hear me say that.
Jeff: But as a Spurs fan, I would have liked to have seen a full L.A. squad. I still say in the end, the Lakers will win the West,
Rey: I still say that, too... but I'm starting to get concerned about Kobe's health.
Jeff: Okay, so the L.A. bench. Horrible.
Rey: Uh, yes. Horrible.
Jeff: Spurs bench annihilated the L.A. bench last night.
Jeff: 51 points to 20 points.
Rey: I had been raving about how your team is so deep 1-12.
Jeff: This is an area Laker Nation has to be worried about.
Rey: When Odom is on the bench, it covers a lot of weaknesses.
Jeff: But big props to bynum. He took it to Duncan.
Rey: Yeah. Hopefully, he keeps it up. He seems to play well whenever he's rumored to get traded.
Jeff: Wait. Odom off the bench helps but it doesn't fix the issue that much.
Rey: Phil's probably hoping he gets the Farmar and Vujacic of two years ago.
Jeff: What about the play of TD. Wasn't he washed up heading into this season?
Rey: Ha ha. I didn't say that. But the guy should be considered for MVP, too, considering Parker's really not tearing it up. Unless Parker goes against Derek Fisher every game.
Jeff: Speaking of Fish, is it time for the Lakers to sit him on the bench?
Rey: I would like him to. I understand he's got veteran wisdom and he hits clutch shots... but point guards just burn him every game.
Jeff: But who comes in? Farmar?
Rey: Farmar's actually been playing clutch minutes as of late... and he's BEEN playing better.
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Rey: So... Spurs were 9-9 at one point and left for dead. 14-4 since. I'm sure you expected this. I did.
Jeff: No, I didn't. And I am still not sold. Look what happened vs the Mavs. Had a 13-point lead and blew it. Allowed the Mavs to drop 42 in the 4th. And that 14-4 record is built on chump teams. The real record I'm looking at is the play against quality teams.
Rey: Well, you have that rodeo trip coming up. I'm guessing this is where you'll gauge how good the Spurs really are.
Jeff: Last year's rodeo trip was not good. Just around .500. Hopefully, this trip will be different.
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Jeff: But the Lakers dropped 4 games in a row on the road so far. Concerned?
Rey: I'm really concerned about Kobe's health. He's really banged up. Right now, I'm just hoping they get to the playoffs in full strength. I know what the Lakers are capable of.
Jeff: What's the status on Gasol? Still out with a strained vagina?
Rey: Har har har.
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Rey: What about your boy, Ian Mahinmi? 15 and 9 the other night!
Jeff: Please. I need to see more out of that bum to be convinced. He played against the Nets. Case closed.
Rey: Too bad, Pop won't probably let you see more of him.
Jeff: If he was that great, then why didn't Pop play him against the Lakers? Let's see what he really has against Odom and Bynum.
Rey: The way the Lakers were playing, he could've gotten a double-double.
Jeff: He is a bum. A bust. Ian is more fragile than Kanye's ego.
Rey: Man, you're hard to please. 14-4 in the last 18. You guys beat the Lakers. What will it take to make you happy?
Jeff: I would have been happy if they didn't choke on d%@k against the Mavs and didn't have a horrible record against quality teams. Plus, this Spurs team tends to take the foot off the gas pedal. When they got a team down, they don't go for the kill. They let teams sneak back in.
Rey: As for the record, you can't help the schedule. As for choking against the Mavs? I can't help you there.
Jeff: Look, I will take the W against the Lakers. But what kind of test is that when Lakers are hurting?
Rey: Hey, you gotta take advantage. At least, it's a confidence-booster, right?
Jeff: True. But tonight, they play the Thunder and the freaking Thunder have the Spurs number. THE THUNDER!
(NOTE: The Spurs beat the Thunder by 1 in that game.)
Rey: The Thunder are pretty good this year.
Jeff: And why are you worried? Seriously, Lakers are on top of the West with a 5-game lead over SA. Come on. You say I am a tough crowd.
Rey: Like I said... health. I wouldn't mind if someone like DJ Mbenga is hurt... not that I want anyone to be hurt... but Kobe and Pau have been banged up.
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Rey: I have an idea of why you're not happy. Are you in a slump, man?
Jeff: Whoa now.
ReyHey. Just sayin'.
Jeff: Ease up, Dances With 6's.
Rey: I have no idea what you're talking about.
Jeff: Okay, Dances with 3's.
Rey: Dammit. I'm never drinking again.
Jeff: Seriously, Rey. You had major beer goggles on.
Rey: Um... so how about them Spurs! Yeah!
PHOTO CREDIT: Brendan Maloney from the U.S. Presswire.
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