Because Fish saved L.A., the Lakers could reel in the title.
Stein Line: Spurs had the plan, but flawed shot
The Spurs were halfway there to beating the Lakers. Instead, San Antonio's troubleshooting for next season begins -- with a go-to shooter.
|May: Jackson's second sense of urgency
A potential breakup of a dynasty has Phil Jackson making one last run, just like he did in 1998.
|Whitlock: Kobe's no hero
So Kobe can fight Spurs and rape charges on the same day. What's heroic about that?
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Buzzer beaters, wild comebacks and a Cinderella team? Yes, the NBA has had quite a tourney in May.
|Stein Line: Freaky May 13th strikes again|
Same day. Same situation. A year after having the ball rim out, L.A.'s shot dropped to stun the Spurs.
|Lakers-Spurs Game 5 highest-rated of playoffs|
The Lakers' last-second win over the Spurs in Game 5 was the highest-rated game of the playoffs for ABC.
|Spur-ned: NBA denies Spurs' protest of Game 5|
The NBA ruled that the game clock 'started appropriately' on Derek Fisher's winning shot.
|Bryant gets rare rest with travel day|
Kobe Bryant wore a look of exhaustion Wednesday, some 15 hours after a most amazing performance.
|Stein Line: The return of timely Tim|
Unlike the Lakers, the Spurs are confident that their superstar will show up on time at Staples Center.
|Stein Line: L.A. swarms Duncan|
As great as Tim Duncan is, he can't beat the double team of Kobe and Shaq by himself.
|Lakers hope intensity will emerge|
The Lakers would like even the series after Sunday's win. Perhaps San Antonio was due for a loss, but expect the Spurs to be focused Tuesday.
|Stein Line: Which Lakers will show up?|
After the Lakers won Game 3 so easily, who would be surprised if they switched off again and relaxed?
|A reversal of fortune for Spurs' dynamic duo|
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker went from dominating duo to also-rans against the Lakers' defense Sunday.
|Glove fit: Payton seethes over L.A. blame game|
Gary Payton unleashed an emotional torrent, expressing frustration with his teammates, coaches and the media.
|Legler: Adjustment period for Lakers, Nets|
The Lakers and Nets need to make some quick fixes if they want to stay alive in the playoffs.
|Stein Line: Spurs' unfunny punch line|
The Spurs can keep joking about their free-throw woes, at least until they're no longer a laughing matter.
|Stein: L.A. nears diaspora|
After two losses in San Antonio, the Lakers' soap-opera season is firmly on the brink of an early summer.
|Report: Shaq's stepdad rips Kobe for selfish play|
The Lakers' problem: Kobe Bryant. At least that's how Philip Harrison, Shaq's stepfather, sees it.
|Walton: The savior of Los Angeles|
The fate of the Lakers against San Antonio now rests on the weary shoulders of Karl Malone.
|Lakers need Payton, Malone to play better|
Karl Malone and Gary Payton were outplayed by Tim Duncan and Tony Parker in Game 1.
|Kreidler: When defense becomes offensive|
The prospect of the Pistons and Spurs meeting in the NBA Finals is enough to already put you to sleep.
|Stein Line: Lakers' work cut out for them|
If the Lakers are going to have this much trouble scoring, the playoffs' marquee matchup won't last long.
|Hughes: Payton vs. Parker? No contest|
The matchup at point guard in the Lakers-Spurs series will be a lopsided affair. In favor of Tony Parker.
|Dr. Jack: How Lakers can beat Spurs|
If Shaquille O'Neal isn't active on defense, the Lakers won't move past the Spurs in the second round.
|Bucher: Reading between Lakers' lines|
L.A.'s public comments that it's looking forward to seeing the Spurs couldn't be further from the truth.
|Friend: 8 Ball|
The Lakers can't win without Kobe Bryant, but they don't much like playing with him, either.
|Hughes: Trying to compare Spurs, Lakers|
No All-Star spats. No media horde. San Antonio is nothing like L.A. and that suits Robert Horry just fine.