Tuesday, May 31, 2005

So Close

In game 3 of the series Tim Duncan played one of his best playoff games, but in game four last night he was a mere shadow of himself. Duncan had plenty of boards, bringing down 16, but produce half of the points he did in game 3 with 15. The shocking part was him being blocked so badly by Stoudamire and missing 9 free throws after shooting a perfect 15-of-15 in game three. Tim smells blood in the water and will be looking to reconcile his performance in game 5. The Spurs needs to put the Suns away as soon as possible. We can’t afford to give them room to breath.

Monday, May 30, 2005

One More Step

Who ever said that Tim Duncan was soft is wrong and to all those critics who said the Spurs are not as good as they seem are wrong. The San Antonio Spurs are a machine that produces victories. The Spurs are now on top of the Suns 3-0 in the Western Conference Finals. Leading the charge was Duncan as he posted 33 points, 15 boards along with 3 blocked shots. Did I mention that Duncan was also perfect from the free throw line, shooting 15-of-15.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Manu!!!

How bout that Manu Ginobili!

Ginobili is playing the best ball of his of his career, and most importantly it is talking place in the playoffs. It is almost like Manu was born for the playoffs. The guy just seems unstoppable at times.

In game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Manu finish with 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Did any one see that behind the back lay up/finger roll that he pulled against the Suns? Wow! Now the Spurs are leading the series 2-0 and pull another step closer to the Finals.

Monday, May 23, 2005

One Step Foward

Tim Duncan led his team to victory once again in Phoenix as he shot 10-of-21 and finished with 28 buckets along with 15 rebounds. With the win the Spurs took home-court advantage over the Suns. Hopefully this time the Spurs can take control early and put the Suns away. Against the Sonics the Spurs let some games slip out of their hands, but now we are playing the Suns and can’t afford to give them room to breath.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Nobody Expected this to Happen

Mike Kahn / Special to FOXSports.com
All things being equal, this figured to be a great series. All things stopped being equal just minutes into Game 1. The Sonics' athletic and sharp-shooting big man Vladimir Radmanovic badly sprained his ankle and was finished for the series. Moments later, Ray Allen sprained his ankle and was finished for the game. By the time the Spurs had breezed to a 2-0 lead, the Sonics looked like one of those sports drink commercials with bodies disintegrating all over the sidewalk.

But just like last year's semis, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli stopped being fabulous after Game 2. Allen came back strong, and Sonics coach Nate McMillan began to find ways to make it happen with everybody else. Even with Rashard Lewis playing horribly, then spraining his big toe in Game 3 and not playing in Game 4, the Sonics kept gaining momentum. Antonio Daniels kept ramming the ball down the throats of his former teammates. Luke Ridnour began to give it right back to Parker in his own flashy way, and Damien Wilkins replaced Lewis with an aggressiveness that was infectious at both ends of the floor. Many believe the Sonics are better off without Lewis because he is so ineffective when less than 100 percent healthy.

On the other hand, it really isn't about the Sonics, is it? This is all about the Spurs as the disbelief in Tim Duncan's face over the weekend mirrored the look he had last year as they lost four straight to the Lakers after rolling to the first two games of the conference semifinals.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Getting Closer

The Seattle SuperSonics will always but up a good effort, but once again they could just not stop the balance and methodical San Antonio Spurs. The Sonics dropped game two in San Antonio against the Spurs 108-91.
"I think the key to our game is on the defensive end. We did a great job contesting shots. We did a great job of getting back and getting in front of people. I thought they got too many offensive rebounds and second-chance points tonight - I'd like to clean that up for the next game - but all in all, defensively, that's where we're going to win games."-Tim Duncan
Seattle tried to hold Tony Parker but he still managed to score 22 points. Parker was not the person Seattle should have targeted. It was that crazy Argentinean, Manu Ginobili who scored 28 points, along side Sir Tim Duncan who added 25 points of his own.
"(It was a) good win for us. Obviously, any win in the playoffs is a good win, but I thought we played pretty well as a team defensively, and we had a lot of people take challenges."-Coach Gregg Popovich
The Spurs now have a comfortable cushion with a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Semi-finals. Hopefully the Spurs don’t get to comfortable and are able to finish off the Sonics within two more games.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Good Start

It is a good day when a team shots over 50 percent in a game, even better, in a playoff game. San Antonio shot 23-of-40 from the field, which is 58 percent, in the first half of the opening game against the Seattle Super Sonics in the Western Conference semi-finals.
"It was a great first half, lousy second half, (but) we got the win. Let's move on to Game Two."
Well put Popovich, as he saw his team leading after the half 62-35, then saw a poor output in the second half as the Sonics outscored the Spurs 46-41. But the damage was already dealt, and the Spurs will walk away with a 103-81 victory and lead this series 1-0.