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San Antonio Spurs 96, Denver Nuggets 91

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Sunday 29 April 2007 at 9:37 am

The Spurs played a solid all-around game last night and that’s why they beat the Nuggets.  Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.  Tim Duncan had an outstanding game with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocked shots.  Manu Ginobili was good off of the bench with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.  Michael Finley had a solid game with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.  Robert Horry was huge off the bench, but it’s playoff time so that shouldn’t surprise anyone.  He wound up with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocked shots.  The Spurs are now up 2-1 in this series.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=270428007

San Antonio Spurs 97, Denver Nuggets 88

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Thursday 26 April 2007 at 12:27 am

The Spurs turned up the defense as they held the Nuggets to 38.6% shooting from the floor last night and that’s why they won the game.  The Spurs held Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson to 46 points on 17 of 46 (37%) shooting from the floor and that was fantastic.  Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocked shots.  Tony Parker also had a really solid game with 20 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists.  Manu Ginobili was really active off of the bench with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.  Michael Finley (14 points, 7 rebounds) and Fabricio Oberto (8 points, 10 rebounds) both stepped up in the victory last night.  The Spurs have tied the series at 1-1 as the series shifts to Denver.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=270425024

Denver Nuggets 95, San Antonio Spurs 89

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 23 April 2007 at 12:07 am

The Nuggets took this game right to the Spurs.  The Nuggets out-rebounded the Spurs 44-35 and they outscored them 28-23 in the crucial 4th quarter of the game.  The Spurs just couldn’t handle Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson as they combined to score 61 points last night.  The Spurs also had a tough time getting the ball inside against Nene and Marcus Camby who dominated the paint.  Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists.  Michael Finley added 15 points and Robert Horry scored 14 points in 25 minutes off of the bench.  Tim Duncan had a decent game with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocked shots.  Manu Ginobili was only 4 for 15 from the floor and he wound up with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists.  The Nuggets lead the series 1-0.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=270422024

The San Antonio Spurs vs. The Denver Nuggets

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Front Page, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Sunday 22 April 2007 at 9:40 pm

This will be a very interesting series between two teams that play very different styles of basketball.  Many of the individual matchups lean the Nuggets way and here they are:

POINT GUARD:  Tony Parker is the leader of the Spurs and he’s played big in a lot of huge basketball games in the post season.  He’s lightning quick with the basketball and he’s an outstanding shooter, especially from mid-range.  He averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.  Steve Blake will have a hard time dealing with him on defense.  Steve Blake played well for the Nuggets after coming over in the Earl Boykins trade with Milwaukee.  His best skill is his long-range shooting as he’s not a pure point guard.  He averaged 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the Nuggets this season.  EDGE:  HUGE FOR THE SPURS

SHOOTING GUARD:  Allen Iverson is an outstanding basketball player.  He tends to get a little selfish at times but he seems to have become a little better about that with the Nuggets.  He should have little problem getting his points against Michael Finley and Manu Ginobili.  Iverson averaged 26.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game.  Michael Finley is getting a little old to be running around with A.I.  He is bigger than Iverson and he’s a good long-range shooter, but he doesn’t have the speed to keep up with Iverson.  Finley averaged 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  EDGE:  HUGE FOR NUGGETS

SMALL FORWARD:  Carmelo Anthony is the real shining star of the Denver Nuggets.  He’s doesn’t play much defense and he’s not a great rebounder, but that won’t matter as he will likely be matched up with Bruce Bowen most of the time.  Anthony averaged 28.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.  Bruce Bowen is a outstanding defensive player, but he’ll have his hands full with Carmelo Anthony.  Bowen only averaged 6.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this season.  EDGE:  GIGANTIC FOR THE NUGGETS

POWER FORWARD:  Tim Duncan is one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history.  He does everything well, but, the Nuggets will have a couple of big bodies inside mixing it up with him.  Still, Duncan always takes his game to a higher level in the post season and he will again this year.  He averaged 20.0 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season.  Nene Hilario had a great second half for the Nuggets and he will be banging around with Tim Duncan all series long.  He averaged 12.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game this season.  EDGE:  SPURS

CENTER:  Marcus Camby is one of the best defensive players in the NBA and he will have Nene’s back in dealing with Tim Duncan as the Spurs centers scare no one on offense.  Camby also is an underrated player on offense as he averaged 11.2 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season.  Francisco Elson will start for the Spurs and his job is to play defense and rebound.  He averaged 5.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  EDGE:  NUGGETS

BENCH:  The Nuggets have a pretty solid bench crew that will likely only be 4-deep.  Guard J.R. Smith is a really athletic player that is also an outstanding 3-point shooter.  He was a starter at shooting guard early in the year, but now he’s the Nuggets 6th man.  He averaged 13.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  Linas Kleiza really played well this season for the Nuggets and he can handle the shooting guard or small forward position.  He averaged 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game this season.  He also is a good outside shooter.  Eduardo Najera is a ball of energy off the bench that gives 110% at all times.  He averaged 6.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game this season.

The Spurs bench is a very battle-tested group.  Manu Ginobili is one of the best 6th men in the league.  He’s very aggressive at both ends of the floor and he’s an outstanding shooter.  He averaged 16.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.  Brent Barry (8.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists) and Matt Bonner (4.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists) are both three-point assassins.  Beno Udrih is Tony Parker’s caddy and he averaged 4.7 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game this season.  Fabricio Oberto is the backup center and he averaged 4.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game last season.  Robert Horry is one of the greatest clutch shooters in NBA Playoff History!  But, he didn’t play much this season and averaged only 3.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game this season.  EDGE: SLIGHT FOR THE SPURS

PREDICTION:  This series will go 7 games.  I’m not so sure who will win the series, but if pressed I would pick the Spurs.  That being said, I love the matchups for the Nuggets and wouldn’t be surprised if they pulled an upset in this series.

 

Rookie James White shows he has some game

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Rookie Reports by alleyoop on Saturday 21 April 2007 at 8:32 am

The Spurs had G/F James White nailed to their bench until the end on the season when the Spurs were resting their regulars for the playoffs.  He played in 6 games this season and he averaged 22.8 minutes, 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.

The 2006-2007 San Antonio Spurs by the numbers

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Front Page by alleyoop on Thursday 19 April 2007 at 5:32 pm

The Spurs finished 2nd in the Southwest Division with a 58-24 record, 9 games behind the Mavericks.  The Spurs were 31-10 at home and 27-14 on the road.  The Spurs were 38-14 against the Western Conference and 10-6 against the Southwest Division.  The Spurs averaged 98.5 points per game and held opponents to only 90.1 points per game.  They lost their last 3 games of the season while they were resting their regulars, but had won 6 of 7 before that.

The stars of the San Antonio Spurs are getting ready for the playoffs

Blogged under Front Page, Game Recaps, Steppin Up by alleyoop on Tuesday 10 April 2007 at 11:25 pm

Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are taking their games up a notch the last couple of weeks as they prepare for the NBA Playoffs.  In his last 7 games, Parker is averaging 21.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He’s also shooting 56.7% from the floor in those games and that’s really amazing for a point guard.  Tim Duncan also has been very productive in his last 7 games as he’s averaged 21.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.9 blocked shots.  He’s also shooting 61.5% from the floor and that is outstanding.  The Spurs are flying under the radar a bit as everyone is still talking about the Mavericks and the Suns.  But, the Spurs are just as good as either of those teams and that will show in the playoffs.

The San Antonio Spurs closing in on the Phoenix Suns for the #2 seed in the Western Conference

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Front Page by alleyoop on Saturday 7 April 2007 at 3:18 pm

The Spurs have won 8 of their last 10 games and have pulled within 2.5 games of the Suns for the #2 seed in the Western Conference.  They stand at 54-21 on the season and that’s because they are a very deep team that plays fantastic defense as they only allow 89.5 points per game this season.  The Spurs a team that was built with the playoffs in mind as they are a very deep team and that will keep the team super fresh throughout the playoffs.