Vinny Del Negro Doesn’t Think Lakers Can Beat Spurs

October 17, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro reacts to a technical foul given to Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (not pictured) after a dunk in the second half of the game against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center. Clippers won 96-94. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Surprise, surprise.

Well actually not at all. Though facing the San Antonio Spurs over the reigning Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder comes off as a more favorable matchup for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro doesn’t think the Lake Show has a chance to advance from the first round.

And most agree with Del Negro’s prediction.

If the Lakers had Kobe Bryant there would probably be a boat load of analysts, writers and bloggers selecting the Lakers to defeat the Spurs. Of course he’s gone for the season, Steve Nash, who’s playing in Game 1, is playing his first game since March 30th, and compared to San Antonio, this team’s bench is non-existent.

On the other side of the prediction, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol are beginning to look like their former selves and a an upset a la Memphis Grizzlies-2011 seems to be brewing. And seeing the Spurs recent playoff performances foreshadow a harrowing upset, so if it happens I don’t think anyone will be surprised.

It’ll be highly interesting in the City of Angels if Del Negro’s Clippers don’t advance and the Lakers do though.

 

Topics: Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Playoffs 2013, San Antonio Spurs, Vinny Del Negro, Vinny Del Negro Doesnt Think The Lakers Can Beat The Spurs

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