The injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers were finally put out of their misery on Sunday, but Dwight Howard’s season ended a little bit before his teammates’.
Howard was ejected from L.A.’s 103-82 game four loss to the San Antonio Spurs after receiving a second technical foul early in the third quarter for arguing with officials. He finished the game with just seven points, as the Lakers finished their disappointing 2012-2013 season by getting swept by the two-seeded Spurs in the NBA playoffs’ first round.
Howard’s first technical came late in the first quarter for elbowing Spurs guard Cory Joseph, aiding San Antonio to a 26-20 lead after the first period. The Spurs never looked back, winning every quarter en route to a 21-point victory.
Tony Parker led all scorers with 23 and Tim Duncan added 11 points and six rebounds in the Spurs’ effort. San Antonio’s aging stars will now get plenty of rest before their second-round series against the winner of Golden State and Denver.
Meanwhile, their are several big questions looming over the Lakers’ offseason, with the biggest being: Will they resign Howard? Howard will become a free agent on July 1 and with the team seemingly headed in the wrong direction, the two sides could very well part ways.