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Game #1: San Antonio Spurs 106, Utah Jazz 91

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 30 April 2012 at 8:51 am

The Spurs whacked the Jazz pretty good yesterday. Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs in this game with 28 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 1 steal. Tim Duncan looked really solid in this game as he finished up with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in this game. Stephen Jackson pitched in with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot. The Spurs are up 1-0 on the Jazz in this series.

(1) San Antonio Spurs (50-16) vs. (8) Utah Jazz (36-30)

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Saturday 28 April 2012 at 12:43 pm

The Jazz surged into the playoffs with a nice late run this year, so they are coming into this season running a little hot. The Spurs have been resting players lately, so they will need to flip the switch. Here is a look at the matchups in this series:

POINT GUARD: 29-year old Devin Harris has played really well late this season and the Jazz need that to carry over into the playoffs. Harris played in 63 games (all starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 27.6 minutes, 11.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game. He has played in 38 games in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 21.1 minutes, 8.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

29-year old Tony Parker had probably the best season of his career in 2011-12 for the Spurs. He played in 60 games (all starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 32.1 minutes, 18.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Parker has played in 138 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 36.3 minutes, 18.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

EDGE: SPURS

SHOOTING GUARD: 22-year old Gordon Hayward took a big step forward in 2011-12 for the Jazz. He played in 66 games (58 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 30.5 minutes, 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. This will be Hayward’s first venture into the NBA Playoffs and the Jazz need him to be up for the challenge.

24-year old Daniel Green really played solid basketball for the Spurs this year. He played in 66 games (38 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 23.1 minutes, 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Green has played in 4 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he averaged 1.8 minutes, 1.3 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

EDGE: EVEN

SMALL FORWARD: 25-year old DeMarre Carroll will be the starting small forward for the Jazz in this series. He played in 20 games (9 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 16.4 minutes, 4.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. This will be his first playoff experience.

20-year old rookie Kawhi Leonard will likely be the Spurs’ starter at small forward in this series. Leonard played in 64 games (39 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 24.0 minutes, 7.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game. I think Leonard will play pretty well in this series for the Spurs.

EDGE: SPURS

POWER FORWARD: 27-year old Paul Millsap is one of the most underrated power forwards in the NBA. He played in 64 games (62 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 32.8 minutes, 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Millsap has played in 44 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 21.6 minutes, 9.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 blocked shot per game.

36-year old Tim Duncan knows all of the tricks as he is one of the best big men in NBA history. Duncan played in 58 games (all starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 28.2 minutes, 15.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game. He played in 176 games in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 39.5 minutes, 22.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 blocked shots per game.

EDGE: SPURS

CENTER: 27-year old Al Jefferson has turned into one of the better centers in the NBA. Jefferson played in 61 games (all starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 34.0 minutes, 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game. Jefferson has played in 7 games in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 19.4 minutes, 6.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

23-year old DeJuan Blair is a hard working player on both ends of the court. Blair played in 64 games (62 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 21.3 minutes, 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Blair has played in 14 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 10.1 minutes, 3.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

EDGE: JAZZ

BENCH: The Jazz have a pretty solid bench. 20-year old PF/C Derrick Favors will be the first big off the bench in this series. He played in 65 games (9 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 21.2 minutes, 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.0 blocked shot per game. This will be his first venture into the playoffs and the Jazz need him to play well in this series. 32-year old small forward Josh Howard will likely play more minutes than starter DeMarre Carroll. Howard played in 43 games (18 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 23.0 minutes, 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He has played in 62 games in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 33.1 minutes, 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game. 20-year old rookie shooting guard Alec Burks is going to come off the bench shooting the ball. Burks played in 59 games (0 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 15.9 minutes, 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. 19-year old rookie center Enes Kanter will give Al Jefferson a breather in this series when he needs one. Kanter played in 66 games (0 starts) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 13.2 minutes, 4.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game. 34-year old Jamaal Tinsley will be backing up Devin Harris in this series. Tinsley played in 37 games (1 start) for the Jazz this year and he averaged 13.7 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He has played in 37 games in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 25.6 minutes, 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

The Spurs’ bench is brimming with talent. 34-year old shooting guard Manu Ginobili is going to be a force in this series for the Spurs. He played in 34 games (7 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 23.3 minutes, 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per ame. He has played in 122 games in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 31.4 minutes, 16.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. 27-year old small forward Stephen Jackson is also likely to get a lot of P.T. in this series. Jackson played in 21 games (0 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 23.8 minutes, 8.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Jackson has played in 58 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far this year and he is averaging 36.6 minutes, 15.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. 27-year old center Tiago Splitter will share time at center with DeJuan Blair in this series. He played in 59 games (2 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 19.0 minutes, 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Splitter has played in 3 games in the playoffs in his young NBA career and he is averaging 16.7 minutes, 6.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game. 32-year old forward Matt Bonner will give Tim Duncan a rest once in a while in this series. Bonner played in 65 games (2 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 20.4 minutes, 6.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. He is the best long range shooter on the Spurs. 23-year old point guard Patrick Mills will back up Tony Parker in this series. Mills played in 16 games (3 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 16.3 minutes, 10.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Mills has played in 5 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 3.4 minutes, 1.2 points, 0.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. 27-year old guard Gary Neal will also get some P.T. in this series. He played in 56 games (7 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 21.5 minutes, 9.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Neal has played in 6 games in the playoffs in his career so far and he is averaging 18.5 minutes, 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. 30-year old Boris Diaw can played anywhere on the court. He played in 20 games (7 starts) for the Spurs this year and he averaged 20.3 minutes, 4.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Diaw has played in 39 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 34.9 minutes, 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

EDGE: SPURS

COACHING: Tyrone Corbin coached up the Jazz as they finished up the season with a 36-30 (54.5%) record. This is his first venture into the playoffs as a head coach.

Gregg Popovich is one of the most successful head coaches in NBA history as he has already won 4 NBA Titles with the Spurs. The Spurs had the best record in the Western Conference as they finished with a 50-16 (75.8%) record, while at the same time resting players for the playoffs! Popovich is 108-73 (59.7%) in the playoffs as an NBA head coach.

EDGE: HUGE FOR THE SPURS

PREDICTION: SPURS IN SIX GAMES

San Antonio Spurs 107, Golden State Warriors 101

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Friday 27 April 2012 at 12:16 am

The Spurs outrebounded the Warriors 54-42 last night and it was a big key to the impressive road win. Patrick Mills (34 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) and DeJuan Blair (22 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal) led the way for the Spurs last night. James Anderson filled up the stat sheet with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot last night. The Spurs finished the 2011-12 season with a 50-16 record.

San Antonio Spurs 110, Phoenix Suns 106

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Thursday 26 April 2012 at 8:34 am

The Spurs outscored the Suns 28-24 in the 4th quarter to pull away for a nice road win last night, while also resting key players. Patrick Mills (27 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal) and Tiago Splitter (26 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot in 20 minutes on the floor) led the way for the Spurs in this game. Kawhi Leonard (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal) and DeJuan Blair (10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals) also pitched in for the Spurs last night. The Spurs are now 49-16 on the year.

San Antonio Spurs 124, Portland Trailblazers 89

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Tuesday 24 April 2012 at 6:59 am

The Spurs shot 59.3% from the floor and they outrebounded the Blazers 47-38 which helped them surge to a very easy win last night. Tim Duncan (18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 4 blocked shots) and Daniel Green (18 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot) led the way for the Spurs in this game. Tony Parker also had a solid game with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Stephen Jackson (12 points), Gary Neal (12 points) and James Anderson (11 points) also pitched in for the Spurs. The Spurs are now 48-16 on the year and they have locked up the #1 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

San Antonio Spurs 114, Cleveland Cavaliers 98

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Monday 23 April 2012 at 2:13 pm

The Spurs shot 54.5% from the floor as they thrashed the Cavs without playing Tim Duncan last night. Mano Ginobili (20 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in 22 minutes) and Stephen Jackson (17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) led the way for the Spurs last night. DeJuan Blair also had a solid game with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Daniel Green (14 points) and Kawhi Leonard (11 points) also pitched in for the Spurs last night. The Spurs are now 47-16 on the year.

San Antonio Spurs 121, Los Angeles Lakers 97

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Monday 23 April 2012 at 2:10 pm

The Spurs shot 61% from the floor and they outrebounded the Lakers 42-29 last Friday Night and those were the two big reasons for the nice home win. The Spurs outscored the Lakers 65-45 in the second half to pull away for the rather easy win. Tim Duncan (21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots), Tony Parker (20 points, 1 rebound, 10 assists and 2 steals) and Manu Ginobili (20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists) led the way for the Spurs in this game. Gary Neal pitched in with 12 points and 2 rebounds in 19 minutes on the court. The Spurs are now 46-16 on the season.

San Antonio Spurs 127, Sacramento Kings 102

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Thursday 19 April 2012 at 6:35 pm

The Spurs shot 58.8% from the floor and they outscored the Kings 69-45 in the second half to pull away for a very impressive road win last night. Gary Neal (17 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists in 15 minutes) and Tiago Splitter (17 points, 7 rebounds and 1 blocked shot inn 22 minutes) led the way for the Spurs last night. Tony Parker also had a good game as he finished up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Kawhi Leonard (13 points), Stephen Jackson (13 points), Manu Ginobili (13 points) and Daniel Green (11 points) all pitched in with solid games for the Spurs last night. The Spurs are now 45-16 on the year.

San Antonio Spurs 112, Los Angeles Lakers 91

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Wednesday 18 April 2012 at 8:44 am

The Spurs shot 59.5% from the floor last night and it helped them thrash the Lakers in L.A. Tony Parker led the way for the Lakers with 29 points, 3 rebounds, 13 assists and 1 steal. Tim Duncan also had a rock solid game with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Manu Ginobili pitched in with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal in 26 minutes on the floor. Daniel Green (11 points) and Gary Neal (10 points) also pitched in for the Spurs. The Spurs are now 44-16 on the year.

San Antonio Spurs 120, Golden State Warriors 99

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General by alleyoop on Tuesday 17 April 2012 at 7:48 am

The Spurs got a rest day last night as 13 players played at least 11 minutes and no one played more than 25 minutes. They still thrashed the Warriors despite not working any players too hard. Gary Neal (17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists) and Tiago Splitter (15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots) led the way for the Spurs in this game. Tim Duncan filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot in only 11 minutes on the floor. Manu Ginobili (12 points), Daniel Green (11 points) and DeJuan Blair (10 points) also pitched in for the Spurs. The Spurs are now 43-16 on the year.

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