On one hand, yes, the white giveaway towel matches the white home uniforms that the Lakers have long worn during Sunday afternoon Staples Center contests; in that respect, it was an extension of a fun, respected element of tradition and beloved Laker lore.
On the other, there's something less than rousing about giving fans an item that can serve as both a white flag to waveand a towel to throw in before a do-or-die Game 4 that came after three games in which the Spurs flat-out dominated the Lakers, including a crushing 31-point Game 3 win. Not exactly "Once more into the breach, dear friends"-caliber stuff, right?
As it turned out, the outgunned, overmatched and injury-plagued Lakers might as well have thrown in those towels before the opening tip. L.A. found themselves down nine points less than five minutes into the game, down double-digits less than four minutes into the second quarter and down as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter in a 103-82 loss.