Kobe a frustrated tweeter during Lakers' playoff loss


Posted at Apr 22 2013 12:26 PM | Updated as of Apr 22 2013 08:26 PM

Kobe Bryant was a frustrated television viewer and a passionate tweeter as he watched the Los Angeles Lakers lose 91-79 to the Spurs in their first-round playoff opener in San Antonio on Sunday.

Sidelined for the rest of the season after having surgery on an injured Achilles tendon, five-time NBA champion Bryant kept urging on the Lakers big men, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, to make the most of their inside presence.

Though Howard finished with a game-high 20 points and 15 rebounds and Spaniard Gasol with 16 points and 16 rebounds, the Lakers fell short after out-rebounding the Spurs by a narrow 44-43 margin.

"Post. Post. Post," Bryant tweeted during the game. "Gotta milk pau in the post right now and d12. Will get good looks from it."

Earlier, Bryant had tweeted: "What I would say if I was there right now? "Pau get ur on the block and don't move till u get it" #realtalk."

Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni, when asked by reporters for his views on Bryant's pleas via Twitter for a greater inside presence, replied: "Yeah, that's what we did. It's great to have that commentary."

Point guard Tony Parker and his backup Manu Ginobili each scored 18 points for the Spurs who never trailed after going 4-2 up early in the opening quarter.

The seventh-seeded Lakers gave their fans a glimmer of hope when they cut the lead to four in the third quarter after Gasol's turnaround jumper made it 54-50 with 4:49 left.

However Ginobili scored the Spurs' final eight points of that quarter to put San Antonio ahead 70-57 and the home team maintained control the rest of the way to draw first blood in the best-of-seven series.

"Nothing worse than watching your bothers struggle and u can't do crap about it #realtalk," Bryant tweeted.

"On to game 2. I will be watching from the crib again in a pau jersey and laker face paint ha! All jk aside We will be fine on wed."

The second-seeded Spurs, who have clinched four NBA titles and ended the regular season second best in the West with a 58-24 record, again host the Lakers on Wednesday before the series switches to Los Angeles for Game Three on Friday.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Gene Cherry)