SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs opened the playoffs Sunday by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, 91-79, at the AT&T Center.
But despite the victory, the Spurs were far from perfect. Far from pefect.
The Spurs shot a miserable 37.6 percent from the field, which was their lowest shooting percentage in the playoffs since 2003. The Spurs also got outrebounded by the Lakers, 44-43, lost two quarters to LA, and also were outscored by the Lakers in the paint, 40-32.
Probably the most egregious error the Spurs made was their inability to -- for the better part of three quarters -- put away a Laker team that was without the injured Kobe Bryant. The Spurs know they must clean up a lot of these mistakes before they host the Lakers in Game 2 of this best-of-seven series Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
"We'll look at the film, but it's basketball," Gregg Popovich said. "Every coach, every team thinks that their team can do everything better.
"We'll look at what we think the most important things are, the things that we did the poorest and work on that.''
Since there are two off days between games, the Spurs hope it's a situation they can take advantage of.
"It's a lucky break for us to have that schedule without a doubt,'' Popovich said. "But you still have to take advantage of it.
"It's easy to react to a loss, so they'll come back and play even better. I want to see how we react to a win.''
-- Dwain Price
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