With 30 minutes to go until tip-off, Andrew Goudelock & Darius Morris are tasked with the gigantic feat of taking one game from the machine-like Spurs in order to save some dignity for the Lakers.
A bizarre and continuous set of injuries has sidelined starters and bench players alike throughout the season. An Eeyore-like misfortune that has extended itself onto the post-season leaves an ailing Lakers team with even less options: Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks, Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant are all out of the line-up.
Thus, it falls on the shoulders of a Goudelock-Morris backcourt to save face for a franchise not accustomed to suffering such a devastating fate.
Goudelock, for his part, had been relegated to the D-League where he was recently given the MVP award for the season. An award that doesn’t necessarily mean as much to him as being in the starting line-up for an NBA team—and in his case, the storied Los Angeles Lakers:
I wouldn’t think I’d be here two weeks ago. Nothing happens the way it’s supposed to happen. This is a great opportunity, going from the D-League a week and a half ago to starting in the playoffs. It shows you the nature of the business.
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