Alas. The Spurs eliminated themselves. The Lakers (although they played well) did not beat the Spurs; the Spurs beat themselves. A 20-point lead in Game 1? A 30-point loss in Game 2? They finally showed up for Game 3, but Game 4 was a disastrous heartbreaker. Then last night, they let the Lakers nibble at a 13-point first-quarter lead until the last two minutes, when the Spurs finally woke up. But too little, too late, and the Spurs are out.
I'm interested to see what next year's Spurs will look like. Hopefully, they won't be as dumb as the Mavericks and fire Poppovich. They just need to do something to get younger and faster--they couldn't keep up with the Lakers' speed, and they barely stayed up with the Hornets.
Finally, I think it worth noting that the pre-Gasol Lakers were 30-16, winning 65% of their games. The post-Gasol Lakers were 27-9, winning 75% of their games. Bryant was the constant, and Gasol the change. Who should really have been MVP, if you had to pick a Laker?