As if the Spurs being ousted by the Suns wasn’t bad enough. My Playoff Predictions went from perfect to utterly ruined in Round Two as the Cavs choked against the Celtics in what could be LeBron’s last championship run in Cleveland.
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The Spurs defeated the Mavs 97-87 and won the series 4-2. The Suns finished off the Blazers last night 99-90 and will be the next team the Spurs face.
The Spurs evened their first round series with the Mavs at 1-1 with a convincing 102-88 victory. The Spurs never trailed in the game after jumping out to a 9-0 lead to set things off. Dirk, who had a monster game on Sunday, was off for the most of the night. Mavs fans should have known he wouldn’t be as efficient in game 2, but they are a delusional bunch.
Jefferson Steps Up
RJ bounced back in a big way with 17 first half points. He finished with 19 points and was aggressive all night which was exactly what we needed. He also had seven boards, one assist, and a steal. He needs to bring it every night like this and he did just that against the Mavs in three of their meetings during the season, not to mention the nice run he had while Ginobili was running wild and securing his contract extension. The Mavs now have to find a way to address him and that means things are going to open up for someone else a little bit… hopefully George Hill can get out of the doghouse in Game 3.
Tim Duncan is Still the Man
Duncan went off for 25 points and 17 rebounds and carried the Spurs in the second half, especially when he scored several straight buckets as the Mavs were trying desperately to rally late in the game. Haywood, Dirk, Dampier… no one could really stop him as he shot 11-of-19 from the floor.
Other Spurs Stat Lines
Manu Ginobili: 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals – Another great game from the rejuvenated Ginobili. Aside from the three turnovers, he was great.
Tony Parker: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists – Tony is still coming off the bench, but unless George Hill gets his act together, that will soon be over – hell it might be over already.
Hill had seven points, three boards, one assist, and two steals in 31 minutes – not quite what we’re looking for.
McDyess was a little better with nine boards and four points.
Bonner played 20 minutes off the bench and had eight points.
DeJuan Blair, Roger Mason and Garrett Temple barely played.
Keith Bogans never saw the court – thank goodness.
The Spurs had the rebounding edge 51-42
The Spurs had only nine turnovers in this game – they had nearly twice as many in Game 1
The Spurs shot 48% to only 37% for Dallas
The free-throw discrepancy of Game 1 was non-existent in this game
The Mavs will surely be looking for stronger efforts from Marion and the Dampier/Haywood combo – especially on defense. The Spurs are shooting very efficiently in this series so far and the Dallas defense has yet to do anything about it. This will be their undoing. Mwahahahaha…
First off, the Spurs did the unthinkable and beat the Nuggets on Thursday night 111-92. It was a road win, a win against a playoff team, and great way to go into the All-Star Break. In other words, it completely defied logic, or at least my significantly lowered expectations. That makes the Spurs 3-2 on the Rodeo trip, and the next three games are against weaker teams, so they should be able to come back to San Antonio with the (minimum) 6-2 record I’d hoped for as well as a win over at least one of the three playoff caliber teams. At this point I will be happy with that scenario.
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The Spurs lost to the Mavs in OT last night even after holding them to less than 40% shooting for most of the game. The Spurs played some good defense, but there were still some glaring problems, namely injuries, interior defense, and turnovers. I won’t play the injury card since the Mavs were without Shawn Marion (ankle), Josh Howard (ankle), and Erick Dampier (illness). However, it is worth noting that the Spurs did not have Tony Parker last night, who aggravated his ankle injury against the Thunder. Manu Ginobili started but played only seven minutes before retreating to the locker room with a groin injury. Still, the bigger problems were that, A) the Spurs allowed 46 points in the paint compared to the Mavs allowing only 22, and B) the Spurs turned the ball over 18 times leading to 19 Mavericks points. Meanwhile, the Mavs turned it over only 5 times leading to only 2 Spurs points. Read more »