You have to think that it is going to end for the San Antonio Spurs eventually. Conventional wisdom would have said that Kevin Durant and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder would be the ones to do it. So far they are not.
The Spurs simply can’t be beat.
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The San Antonio Spurs erased a nine point, fourth quarter deficit in about 3 and a half minutes to derail the Thunder’s hopes of stealing game one. Tonight, OKC looks to even the series, but can they do it?
San Antonio doesn’t rely on Tim Duncan anymore to be the man every game, so when he gets 16 points and 11 boards, the other team has to hope he’s leading the team that night. In game one, Manu Ginobili had 26 and Tony Parker had 18. If the Spurs’ big three go off like that, it’s tough for anyone to beat them.
OKC will have to try to control the tempo, which they did for three quarters in game one. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden did what they normally do, but it wasn’t enough. The Thunder need more than 17 combined points from the other starters. Kendrick Perkins needs to be a beast on the offensive glass. So Who’s Going to Win? »
This is pure comedy. The talented guy at Got ‘Em Coach has put together a couple of collages of Tim Duncan and Blake Griffin photos taken immediately after they were whistled for fouls in various games.
The results are just perfect. Blake Griffin after the jump! »
Two games yesterday in the NBA Playoffs, with one series ending as the Spurs move on to the Western Conference Finals after sweeping the Clippers and the Heat show they aren’t quite finished with a strong road win in Indiana.
Miami 101 – Indiana 93
LeBron James had a playoff performance like we rarely ever see (and haven’t since 1961 when Elgin Baylor did it). 40 points, 18 boards and 9 assists in leading the Heat to the win and tying the series at two games apiece. Dwyane Wade added 30, with 22 in the second half, and Miami showed that maybe all the announcements of their demise were a little premature. Two of the final three games are in Miami, so the Heat have their home court advantage back. There’s not much else to say about this game, but I do find it funny that after the Heat lost game three, the conversation was about how the team needs to be broken up and that Wade needed to be traded. Now the talk is about how the Heat are back, and they’re on fire. I’m not saying the Heat are for sure going to win the series now, but I do think they have the edge. I just don’t want to hear how they need to revamp the roster three games into a seven game series. Spurs Win 18th Straight »
Game two between the Heat and Pacers was low scoring and physical as Indiana got the split they wanted, and San Antonio showed the Clippers that execution and hot three-point shooting are hard to beat.
Indiana 78 – Miami 75
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade did almost everything they could to get the win, except hit free throws and layups down the stretch. The Heat are definitely missing the injured Chris Bosh, but Indiana played a physical game that wore down Miami. The Heat are simply atrocious from behind the three point arc; in the two games they are 1-22 as a team. David West led the Pacers with 16 points and 10 boards. Game three is Thursday night in Indiana. Spurs Roll »
If you’re an NBA fan, you know who referee Joey Crawford is. The guy has been calling NBA games (and technicals) for 35 years now. Crawford’s short fuse is legendary. He once threw Larry Nance and Brad Daughtery out of a Cleveland Cavaliers game because they were laughing on the bench.
Of course, Crawford has been around for 35 years because he’s also a good ref at the same time as being kind of a hot head. He says he started to see a sports psychologist to help deal with his temper after he broke his finger just by calling a technical foul. Let’s let Joey tell it. In Crawford’s Words »
The first games of the NBA playoffs provided us with plenty to talk about. Boston’s Rajon Rondo is probably going to miss a game or two after chest bumping a ref while arguing a call. Chicago fans are in a bit of shock after losing star Derrick Rose to a torn ACL with just over a minute left in their win.
The Los Angeles Clippers came back from 27 down to pull off an incredible win on the road against Memphis. Oklahoma City and Dallas played one of the best game ones in recent memory, with Kevin Durant pulling his team through to the last second win. Read more… »