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Game #2: San Antonio Spurs 120, Oklahoma City Thunder 111

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Wednesday 30 May 2012 at 8:57 am

The Spurs won their 20th game in a row last night due to their red hot 55.1% shooting from the floor! Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs last night with 34 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. Manu Ginobili (20 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists) and Kawhi Leonard (18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots) also had rock solid games last night. Tim Duncan (11 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocked shots) and Daniel Green (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) also pitched in for the Spurs in this game. The Spurs are now up 2-0 in this series.

Game #1: San Antonio Spurs 101, Oklahoma City Thunder 98

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 28 May 2012 at 8:03 am

Things were looking bad heading into the 4th quarter last night, as the Spurs were down 71-62, but, they woke up in the 4th quarter and outscored the Thunder 39-27 in the 4th quarter to surge to victory. Manu Ginobili was on fire as he led the way for the Spurs last night with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. Tony Parker (18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals) and Tim Duncan (16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot) also had rock solid games. Gary Neal pitched in with 12 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in 24 minutes off the bench. The Spurs are now 1-0 on the year.

(1) San Antonio Spurs (8-0) vs. (2) Oklahoma City Thunder (8-1)

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Friday 25 May 2012 at 9:53 am

Unlike the Eastern Conference, the Western Conference Finals will have the best two teams playing for the title. The Spurs and Thunder are lined up to have a classic series as they match up very well against each other. Here is a look at the matchups in this series:

POINT GUARD: Tony Parker outplayed Chris Paul badly in the last round of the playoffs and he’s going to try to do the same to Russell Westbrook in this series. It won’t be easy for him. Parker has played in 8 games (all starts) so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 35.0 minutes, 19.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

Russell Westbrook is going to have his hands full with Tony Parker, especially at the defensive end of the court. Westbrook needs to play well in this series if the Thunder are going to move on. Westbrook has played in 9 games (all starts) for the Thunder so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 36.0 minutes, 24.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

EDGE: EVEN

SHOOTING GUARD: Daniel Green has been a very solid role player for the Spurs. He has started all 8 games in the playoffs for the Spurs so far and he is averaging 24.8 minutes, 10.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Thabo Sefolosha is a defensive stopper, so the Thunder are going to need him to shut down Green when he’s on the court. Sefolosha has started all 9 games for the Thunder so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 18.3 minutes, 3.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

EDGE: SLIGHT FOR SPURS

SMALL FORWARD: Rookie Kawhi Leonard is going to have his hands full trying to deal with Kevin Durant in this series. Leonard has played in 8 games (all starts) for the Spurs so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 24.4 minutes, 8.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

Kevin Durant has been outstanding in the playoffs and he is the key to this series for the Thunder. Durant has played in 9 games (all starts) for the Thunder so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 40.7 minutes, 26.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

EDGE: GIGANTIC FOR THE THUNDER

POWER FORWARD: Boris Diaw has been the starting power forward for the Spurs so far in the playoffs. He has played in 8 games (all starts) for the Spurs so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 25.0 minutes, 6.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The Spurs are going to need Diaw to be productive on the court in this series, despite playing a much bigger player in Serge Ibaka.

Serge Ibaka is the Thunder’s enforcer on D. He guards the basket like no other player in the NBA, period. Ibaka has played in 9 games (all starts) for the Thunder so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 28.2 minutes, 9.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 3.7 blocked shots per game.

EDGE: THUNDER

CENTER: Tim Duncan is one of the best players in the history of the NBA. Head coach Gregg Popovich limited Duncan’s workload during the regular season so he would be ready for the playoffs. It’s looks like a master stroke. Duncan has played in 8 games (all starts) so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 32.0 minutes, 17.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.9 blocked shots per game.

Kendrick Perkins is on the court to rebound and play D for the Thunder, and he’s good at both of those things. Perkins has played in 9 games (all starts) for the Thunder so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 26.0 minutes, 3.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.6 blocked shots per game.

EDGE: HUGE FOR THE SPURS

BENCH: The Spurs like using a lot of players to keep everyone fresh on the court. I don’t look for that to change much in this series, due to the depth of quality players on the Spurs’ bench. SG Manu Ginobili is the sparkplug off the bench for the Spurs. He has played in 8 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 26.3 minutes, 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. SG/PG Gary Neal also comes off the bench shooting the rock. He has played in 8 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 14.1 minutes, 8.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Center Tiago Splitter comes in to throw his body around under the basket. Splitter has played in 7 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 16.4 minutes, 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. SG/SF Stephen Jackson is a rock solid player for the Spurs too. He has played in 8 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 19.6 minutes, 5.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. PF Matt Bonner brings long range shooting to the court when he comes off the bench. Bonner has played in 8 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 13.9 minutes, 3.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. PF/C DeJuan Blair has been lost in the shuffle so far in the playoffs for the Spurs. Blair has played in 6 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 8.2 minutes, 3.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.

SG James Harden is the best player the Thunder have to offer coming off the bench. Harden has played in 9 games (0 starts) so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 30.3 minutes, 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals. He needs to have a good series if the Thunder are going to beat the Spurs in this series. PG/SG Derek Fisher is a money player, and the games are getting bigger. Fisher has played in 9 games (0 starts) in the playoffs and he is averaging 20.8 minutes, 6.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. PF Nick Collison will give Serge Ibaka a break when he needs one in this series. Collison has played in 9 games (0 starts) for the Thunder so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 18.4 minutes, 2.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Center Nazr Mohammed will need to step up in this series when Kendrick Perkins needs a break. Mohammed has played in 7 games (0 starts) so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 11.1 minutes, 2.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game. SG Daequan Cook will take some long range shots off the bench. Cook has played in 9 games (0 starts) for the Thunder so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 8.3 minutes, 2.7 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.

EDGE: SPURS

COACHING: 63-year old Gregg Popovich is one of the best head coaches in NBA history as he has already won 4 NBA Titles so far in his career. He has led the Spurs to an amazing 8-0 record so far in the playoffs. Popovich is now 116-73 (61.4%) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career, and that is downright impressive.

46-year old Scott Brooks has his Thunder playing at a very high level right now. The Thunder are 8-1 (88.9%) in the playoffs so far this year. Brooks is now 19-13 (59.4%) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career.

PREDICTION: THUNDER IN SEVEN GAMES

Game #4: San Antonio Spurs 102, Los Angeles Clippers 99

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 21 May 2012 at 8:02 am

The Spurs shot 52.8% from the floor and they outscored the Clippers 28-24 in the 4th quarter to nip them last night. Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs last night with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots. Tony Parker also had a solid game with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Daniel Green (14 points), Gary Neal (14 points), Manu Ginobili (11 points) and Tiago Splitter (11 points) also pitched in for the Spurs in this game. The Spurs have swept the Clippers in four games and they are now waiting to play either the Thunder or the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

Game #3: San Antonio Spurs 96, Los Angeles Clippers 86

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Sunday 20 May 2012 at 7:44 am

The Spurs outscored the Clippers 26-8 yesterday in the 3rd quarter to take control of the game at the Staples Center and they never looked back. Tony Parker (23 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists and 1 steal) and Tim Duncan (19 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots) led the way for the Spurs in this game. Kawhi Leonard (14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot) and Manu Ginobili (13 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 blocked shot) also had solid games for the Spurs. The Spurs are now up 3-0 on the Clippers in this series.

Game #2: San Antonio Spurs 105, Los Angeles Clippers 88

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Friday 18 May 2012 at 7:58 am

The Spurs shot 53.2% from the floor and that helped them thrash the Clippers last night. Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs last night with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Tim Duncan (18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals) and Boris Diaw (16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists) also had rock solid games for the Spurs last night. Daniel Green (13 points) and Manu Ginobili (10 points) also pitched in for the Spurs last night. The Spurs are now up 2-0 on the Clippers in this series.

Game #1: San Antonio Spurs 108, Los Angeles Clippers 92

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Wednesday 16 May 2012 at 8:32 am

The Spurs pushed around the Clippers quite a bit last night as they outrebounded them 47-34, which was a huge part of the impressive win. Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots. Manu Ginobili also had a rock solid game with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes off the bench. Kawhi Leonard (16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot) and Daniel Green (15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots) also had rock solid games for the Spurs last night. The Spurs are now up 1-0 in this series.

(1) San Antonio Spurs (4-0) vs. (5) Los Angeles Clippers (4-3)

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Monday 14 May 2012 at 12:25 pm

The Clippers and Spurs are two of the deepest and most talented teams in the NBA, so this is going to set up to be an outstanding series. Here are a look at the matchups:

POINT GUARD: Chris Paul is one of the best point guards on the planet and he’s a big game player. Paul played in 7 games (all starts) for the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 38.9 minutes, 20.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.7 steals per game.

Tony Parker is also a big time, big game player, so it’s going to be fascinating to watch these two point guards duke it out in this series. Parker played in 4 games (all starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 32.8 minutes, 21.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game.

EDGE: EVEN

SHOOTING GUARD: Randy Foye did a solid job for the Clippers after Chauncey Billups went down to injury earlier this year. He played in 7 games (all starts) for the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 26.4 minutes, 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. The Clippers are going to need Foye to step up in this series.

Daniel Green came literally out of nowhere this year to earn big time P.T. for the Spurs in 2011-12. Green played in 4 games (all starts) for the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 24.5 minutes, 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 blocked shot per game.

EDGE: EVEN

SMALL FORWARD: Caron Butler is a warrior. He is playing with a broken left hand, that only caused him to miss one game. Tale about tough guys. Butler played in 6 games (all starts) for the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 27.0 minutes, 9.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

Rookie Kawhi Leonard had a solid first year in the league and he looked solid in the first round of the playoffs. Leonard played in 4 games (all starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 20.0 minutes, 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

EDGE: SLIGHT FOR CLIPPERS

POWER FORWARD: Blake Griffin needs to step up in this series if the Clippers are going to pull the upset. Griffin played in 7 games (all starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 35.4 minutes, 18.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

Boris Diaw started in the first round of the playoffs at power forward. Diaw played in 4 games (all starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 24.0 minutes, 5.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He will be at a size disadvantage in this series.

EDGE: HUGE FOR CLIPPERS

CENTER: DeAndre Jordan’s game is defense rebounding. But, he didn’t play too well in the first round of the playoffs. Jordan played in 7 games (all starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 21.6 minutes, 3.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game. The Clippers need Jordan to step up in this series.

Tim Duncan moved to center in the first round of the playoffs for the Spurs and he played well there. Duncan played in 4 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 30.3 minutes, 14.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.8 blocked shots per game.

EDGE: SPURS

BENCH: The Clippers have a very versatile and deep bench. PG/SG Mo Williams is an offensive force off the bench for the Clippers. He played in 7 games (0 starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 21.4 minutes, 9.7 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. SG/SF Nick Young also comes off of the bench shooting the rock. Young played in 7 games (0 starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 19.3 minutes, 8.1 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.3 assists per game. Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans provide muscle off the bench for the Clippers. Martin played in 7 games (0 starts) for the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 18.4 minutes, 4.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game. Reggie Evans played in 7 games (0 starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 22.3 minutes, 3.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 0.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Eric Bledsoe has been giving Chris Paul a break here and there. He has played in 7 games (0 starts) so far in the playoffs and he is averaging 13.9 minutes, 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Bobby Simmons only played in 1 game in the first round of the playoffs, as he started in place of Caron Butler. He scored 9 points and grabbed 1 rebound in 22 minutes in that game.

Manu Ginobili didn’t have to play much in the first round of the playoffs, but I look for that to change in this round. He played in 4 games (0 starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 24.8 minutes, 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game. SG/SF Stephen Jackson is also going to bring instant offense off the bench for the Spurs in this series. Jackson played in 4 games (0 starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 24.5 minutes, 10.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. DeJuan Blair will likely get to play more in this series than he did against the Jazz. Blair played in 4 games (0 starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 11.5 minutes, 5.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. SG/PG Gary Neal also will bring offense off the bench for the Spurs in this game. Neal played in 4 games (0 starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 13.0 minutes, 8.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Power forward Matt Bonner can really shoot for a big man. He played in 4 games (0 starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 16.0 minutes, 4.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Center Tiago Splitter is going to help out with some muscle off the bench. Splitter played in 3 games (0 starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 15.3 minutes, 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Patrick Mills could also help out off the bench. He played in 3 games (0 starts) in the first round of the playoffs and he averaged 5.7 minutes, 3.0 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.

EDGE: EVEN

COACHING: 45-year old head coach Vinny Del Negro did a solid job in the first round of the playoffs, getting his Clippers to prevail in 7 hard fought games. Del Negro is 8-11 (42.1%) in the post-season as a NBA head coach.

63-year old head coach Gregg Popovich is one of the better coaches in NBA history. He got his Spurs to make short work of the Jazz in four straight games in the first round of the playoffs. Popovich is now 112-73 (60.5%) in the playoffs in his NBA career and he has led the Spurs to four NBA Championships so far in his career.

PREDICTION: CLIPPERS IN SEVEN GAMES

Game #4: San Antonio Spurs 87, Utah Jazz 81

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Tuesday 8 May 2012 at 1:14 pm

The Spurs were outrebounded 57-43 last night and they only shot 37.8% from the floor, but it didn’t matter as they played outstanding D in holding the Jazz to a paltry 36.4% shooting from the floor. Manu Ginobili led the way for the Spurs with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 27 minutes on the floor. Tim Duncan (11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 3 blocked shots), Tony Parker (11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals) and Gary Neal (11 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 18 minutes) also had solid games for the Spurs last night. Tiago Splitter pitched in with 10 points, 2 rebounds and 3 steals in this game. The Spurs have swept the Jazz out of the first round of the playoffs and they await either the Los Angeles Clippers or the Memphis Grizzlies in Round #2 of the playoffs.

Game #3: San Antonio Spurs 102, Utah Jazz 90

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Game Recaps, General, The NBA Playoffs by alleyoop on Sunday 6 May 2012 at 1:36 pm

The Spurs thumped the Jazz again last night, this time in Salt Lake City. Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs in this game with 27 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Tim Duncan also had a solid game with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocked shots. Daniel Green (14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot), Stephen Jackson (13 points) and Tiago Splitter (10 points and 8 rebounds) also had solid games for the Spurs last night. The Spurs are now up 3-0 on the Jazz in this series.

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