The Spurs had played the night before in November, too. They were also on the road, also traveling within the same state, when they went to Miami.
The Spurs probably should have beaten the defending champs that night. The difference was a late Ray Allen 3-pointer, just as the difference Wednesday night was a late Manu Ginobili 3-pointer.
In Miami, the story was about David Stern's reaction to what Gregg Popovich had done. No one talked about the Spurs' passion in coming close without their best players, or how they might have found something as a team.
This is telling about the state of the Spurs, as well as that of the Lakers.
Today, the Lakers want to believe in something, anything.