The Spurs got back on track and beat the Lakers 103-84 to make it a 2-1 series lead for the Lakers. The Spurs had it going tonight; Manu was back and he made lots of jumpers. I thought that the Spurs would come out with lots of energy, but it took a bit of time for them to get going. I think once they were able to run and get Manu open jumpers, everyone was very confident.
I saw a couple of things the Lakers can do to get a road win on Tuesday: make free throws, get the bench rolling and don't run a modified version of the triangle, otherwise known as the Kobe-triangle. Back to the free throws: in the first two games, LA only averaged 2.5 misses from the free throw line. Before the first half was over, LA more than doubled that average (missing six). Manu Ginobili beat the Lakers bench by himself. I don't need to say anything more about the Lakers bench woes. Kobe had to do too much by himself: he was the only one really active in the Lakers comeback attempt.
Also, the Lakers have to finish quarters well. Looking back at game two, they had a 21 point advantage in points in the last two minutes of quarters. In this game they were -4. Momentum going into the later parts of game will help the Lakers get a game on the road. Checkout a quarter-to-quarter breakdown of this stat at NBAtipoff.googlepages.com.
Home court advantage has reigned king in these playoffs and I think that will continue. Kobe will still have to do a little too much; the supporting cast will help a little more. This will be a little closer, but a double digit victory wouldn't surprise me.