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GAME #6: San Antonio Spurs 97, Dallas Mavericks 87

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Friday 30 April 2010 at 8:19 am

The Spurs finished off the Mavericks to no surprise to me as I picked them to win this series. The Spurs just took it to the Mavericks last night holding them to 8 points in the first quarter. Manu Ginobili led the way for the Spurs last night with 26 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists despite playing without a mask to protect his broken nose. George Hill continued to step up for the Spurs last night with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Tim Duncan filled up the stat sheet with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocked shots last night. Tony Parker was solid off the bench with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals last night. The Spurs win this series 4-2 and they will be meeting up with the Phoenix Suns in Round #2 of the NBA Playoffs.

GAME #5: Dallas Mavericks 103, San Antonio Spurs 81

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Wednesday 28 April 2010 at 8:52 pm

The Spurs never had a chance in this game last night as they only shot 35.9% from the floor and they were outrebounded 52-41 by the Mavs. Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs off the bench last night with 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists in only 25 minutes on the floor. George Hill pitched in with 12 points and 2 rebounds in 29 minutes last night. Tim Duncan had another sub par game last night with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 24 minutes on the floor. All twelve of the players on the Spurs’ roster played at last 11 minutes apiece last night. The Spurs are still up 3-2 in this series but they can’t afford to play any more games like the way they did last night.

GAME #4: San Antonio Spurs 92, Dallas Mavericks 89

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 26 April 2010 at 7:28 am

The Spurs won a very physical battle yesterday with the Mavericks. George Hill led the way for the Spurs in this game with 29 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Manu Ginobili was a warrior playing with a broken nose and no mask yesterday as he finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Richard Jefferson was also solid for the Spurs in this game with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Antonio McDyess (10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists) and Tony Parker (10 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists) both also had solid games for the Spurs. The Spurs are now up 3-1 as they have the Mavericks on the ropes.

GAME #3: San Antonio Spurs 94, Dallas Mavericks 90

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Saturday 24 April 2010 at 11:41 pm

The Spurs outscored the Mavericks 28-20 in the 4th quarter of this game as they appeared to want the game more. Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs in this game with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Tim Duncan also had a good offensive game finishing up with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. George Hill pitched in with 17 points and 5 rebounds in this game. Manu Ginobili had a fractured nose that he played through hitting some big shots late in the fourth quarter as he finished up with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. The Spurs are now up 2-1 in this series.

GAME #2: San Antonio Spurs 102, Dallas Mavericks 88

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Thursday 22 April 2010 at 6:28 pm

The Spurs got back to playing their kind of basketball last night as they outrebounded the Mavs 51-42 and they held them to 36.5% shooting from the floor which were the big reasons for the win. Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs last night with 25 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists. Manu Ginobili also had a solid game with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals last night. Richard Jefferson stepped up just like I thought he would as he finished up with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist last night. Tony Parker was electric off the bench with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists in this game. The Spurs have evened the series 1-1 as it heads back to San Antonio this weekend.

GAME #1: Dallas Mavericks 100, San Antonio Spurs 94

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 19 April 2010 at 11:04 am

The Spurs had no answer on how to stop Dirk Nowitzki who dropped 36 points on them in this game and they were outrebounded 45-37 which helps explain the loss. Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs in this game with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Manu Ginobili also had a outstanding game finishing up with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Tony Parker pitched in with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Antonio McDyess gave the Spurs some muscle in this game with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in only 23 minutes on the court. The Spurs are down 1-0 in this series.

(7) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Dallas Mavericks

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Saturday 17 April 2010 at 9:01 pm

This is a playoff series between two heated Texas rivals. I’m thinking this could be an upset in the first round if the Mavericks don’t bring their A-Game every night. Here is a closer look at the matchups in this series:

Point Guard: Tony Parker is going to play big minutes in this series as he’s back from his broken hand. Parker played in 56 games (50 starts) for the Spurs this season and he averaged 30.9 minutes, 16.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. He is not a pure point guard like Jason Kidd but he plays big when the games really count in the post season and he has the rings to prove it.

Jason Kidd is one of the best point guards in NBA history but he’s starting to slow down a bit. He played in 80 games (all starts) for the Mavericks this season and he averaged 36.0 minutes, 10.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He is tougher around the basket than Parker is.

EDGE: EVEN

Shooting Guard: The Spurs will likely use Manu Ginobili in the starting lineup in this series. He will pose a couple of problems for the Mavericks as he’s smaller and faster than Caron Butler is. Ginobili played in 75 games (21 starts) for the Spurs this season and he averaged 28.7 minutes, 16.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He has never seen a big shot that he didn’t want to take in his career.

Caron Butler is a solid defensive player and he should have little problem posting up Ginobili down low. Butler played in 27 games (all starts) for the Mavericks after coming over in a trade with the Wizards and he averaged 34.4 minutes, 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

EDGE: EVEN

Small Forward: Richard Jefferson is likely going to start at small forward for the Spurs in this series. He got benched for a while but he picked up his game instead of sulking on the bench. Jefferson played in 81 games (70 starts) for the Spurs this season and he averaged 31.1 minutes, 12.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Jefferson is better than that and the playoffs is the reason they traded for him.

Shawn Marion is starting to slow down a bit as a player. He does all of the little things the Mavericks need to win games. Marion played in 75 games (all starts) for the Mavericks this year and he averaged 31.8 minutes, 12.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

EDGE: EVEN

Power Forward: This will be the matchup to watch in this series. Tim Duncan vs. Dirk Nowitzki. Duncan still has a lot left in his gas tank. He played in 78 games (77 starts) for the Spurs this season and he averaged 31.3 minutes, 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game. I think the Spurs are going to keep Duncan on Nowitzki all of the time defensively which will be fun to watch.

Dirk Nowitzki is still an incredible player to behold. He can shoot like a guard but he’s tough enough to go into the paint and rebound too. He is like a modern day Larry Bird (minus the titles). Nowitzki played in 81 games (80 starts) for the Mavericks this season and he averaged 37.5 minutes, 25.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Look for the other Mavericks players to benefit if Duncan comes out of the paint to guard Nowitzki in this series.

EDGE: EVEN

Center: Antonio McDyess will likely start at center for the Spurs in this series. He played in 77 games (50 starts) for the Spurs this season and he averaged 21.0 minutes, 5.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. McDyess will likely play around half of the game focusing on defense and rebounding.

Erick Dampier will get the call for the Mavericks. He played in 55 games (47 starts) for the Mavericks this season and he averaged 23.3 minutes, 6.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game. Dampier should be motivated now that he is back in the starting lineup.

EDGE: EVEN

BENCH: The Spurs have a pretty solid bunch coming off the bench for them in this series. George Hill will likely get the most P.T. of this bunch. He can play either guard spot. Hill played in 78 games (43 starts) this season for the Mavericks and he averaged 29.2 minutes, 12.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. DeJuan Blair will also get a lot of P.T. in this series. The rookie played in 82 games (23 starts) for the Spurs this season and he averaged 18.2 minutes, 7.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. Matt Bonner will also get a lot of P.T. in this series as he is a big man with a nice outside shot. Bonner played in 65 games (8 starts) this season for the Spurs and he averaged 17.9 minutes, 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Roger Mason and Keith Bogans are both small forward/shooting guard types who will also likely get some minutes in this series.

Jason Terry is a great offensive player off the bench for the Mavericks. He played in 77 games (12 starts) for the Mavericks this year and he averaged 33.0 minutes, 16.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. I look for him to have a good series for the Mavericks. Brendan Haywood will likely play around half of the game at center in this series. He played in 28 games (19 starts) for the Mavericks this season averaging 26.5 minutes, 8.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Jose Juan Barea, Rodrigue Beaubois, DeShawn Stevenson and Eduardo Najera could also get some P.T. in this series.

EDGE: EVEN

Coach: Gregg Popovich is a big time basketball coach. He led the Spurs to a 50-32 record (61%) this season. Popovich has a 14-year record of 736-362 (67%) as the Spurs’ head coach during the regular season. Pop has a 102-63 (61.8%) record in his post season career with the Spurs and he has led them to 4 NBA Championships. He will be ready for this series.

Rick Carlisle led the Mavericks to a 55-27 record (67.1%) this season. He now has a two year record of 105-59 (64%) with the Mavericks. He is 5-5 (50%) in his post season career with the Mavericks. Carlisle is a good basketball coach so I look for him to have his team ready for what awaits in this series.

EDGE: SPURS

PREDICTION: I think the Spurs are going to be highly motivated for this series. I think they will upset the Mavericks in a 7 game series for the ages.

DeJuan Blair was outstanding for the San Antonio Spurs this year

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Rookie Reports by alleyoop on Friday 16 April 2010 at 1:59 pm

20-year old power forward DeJuan Blair was outstanding for the Spurs this year. Blair played in all 82 games (23 starts) for the Spurs this season in which he averaged 18.2 minutes, 7.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. He shot 55.6% from the field but only 54.7% from the free throw line showing that most of his shots come from up close to the basket. He seemed to save his best for last as he started in place of Tim Duncan in the last game of the regular season for the Spurs and all he did was score 27 points, grab 23 rebounds, dish the ball out for 4 assists and he stole the ball 3 times in 37 minutes. He will be a starter down the road for the Spurs without a doubt.

Dallas Mavericks 96, San Antonio Spurs 89

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Thursday 15 April 2010 at 7:54 am

The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili last night and they still put up a fight against the Mavericks who played all of their regulars. DeJuan Blair led the way for the Spurs last night as he finished up with 27 points, 23 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes on the court. Tony Parker pitched in with 16 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists off the bench last night. Garrett Temple also had a decent game against the Mavs finishing up with 14 points, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots. The Spurs finish the season with a 50-32 record and they will play these same Dallas Mavericks this weekend as the NBA Playoffs open.

San Antonio Spurs 133, Minnesota Timberwolves 111

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Tuesday 13 April 2010 at 11:06 am

The Spurs shot 58% from the floor last night and they played everyone on the active roster at least 12 minutes last night. Keith Bogan led the way for the Spurs last night with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Tim Duncan was terrific in only 19 minutes on the court last night as he finished up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Little used Malik Hairston pitched in with 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in only 15 minutes on the court. Ian Mahinmi also made the most of his playing time last night finishing up with 14 points and 7 rebounds in only 20 minutes on the court. Richard Jefferson (11 points), Matt Bonner (13 points), Tony Parker (12 points) and Roger Mason (13 points) all also had good games offensively for the Spurs last night. The Spurs are tied for the #6 seed in the Western Conference with the Trailblazers and last night’s win guaranteed the Spurs no worse than the #7 seed due to the Thunder’s loss in Portland.

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