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Game #7: Miami Heat 95, San Antonio Spurs 88

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 7:11 am

The Spurs left it all on the floor last night against the Heat and they just fell a tad short in the end.  They were outscored 23-17 in the 4th quarter and they only shot 37.8% from the floor last night and it’s hard to win that way.  Tim Duncan had another huge game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 1 blocked shot to lead the way for the Spurs.  Kawhi Leonard (19 points, 16 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) and Manu Ginobili (18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists) also had solid games last night.  Tony Parker had a rough night, shooting only 3 of 12 from the floor, as he finished up with 10 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.  The Spurs lost the NBA Finals 4-3 to the NBA Champion Miami Heat.

Game #6: Miami Heat 103, San Antonio Spurs 100 in O.T.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 19 June 2013 at 6:38 am

The Spurs were up 75-65 after three quarters last night, before imploding in the 4th quarter and overtime.  Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs last night with 30 points, 17 rebounds and 1 steal.  Kawhi Leonard also had a solid game with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals.  Tony Parker only shot 6 of 23 from the floor in this game, but he still finished up with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals.  The Spurs and Heat are all tied up at three games apiece with a winner take all game this Thursday Night in Miami.

The San Antonio Spurs will be without backup guard Patrick Mills for the rest of the NBA Finals

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 17 June 2013 at 10:52 am

The Spurs will be without 24-year old backup guard Patrick Mills for the rest of the NBA Finals as he has had surgery to remove an abscess in his right foot.  Mills played in 2 games (0 starts) in the NBA Finals and he averaged 6.7 minutes, 2.0 points and 0.5 rebounds per game.  Mills has played in 9 games (0 starts) in the NBA Playoffs this year and he averaged 3.4 minutes, 1.3 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  The Spurs shouldn’t miss Mills too much in the final game or two of the 2012-13 NBA Finals.

Game #5: San Antonio Spurs 114, Miami Heat 104

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 17 June 2013 at 7:32 am

The Spurs shot 60% from the floor and it helped them hold off the Heat last night.  Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 26 points, 1 rebound and 5 assists.  Manu Ginobili (24 points, 2 rebounds, 10 assists and 1 steal) and Danny Green (24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots on 6 of 10 shooting from three point range) also had huge impacts on this game for the Spurs.  Tim Duncan (17 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 blocked shots) and Kawhi Leonard (16 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals) also pitched in with big games as they ruled the paint last night.  The Spurs are now up 3-2 in this series as it shifts back to Miami for Games (#6) and #7 (if needed).

Game #4: Miami Heat 109, San Antonio Spurs 93

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 14 June 2013 at 8:12 am

The Spurs were outscored 60-44 in the second half last night and they didn’t play any D as the Heat shot 52.9% from the floor, which did them in.  Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot.  Tony Parker (15 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 1 steal), Gary Neal (13 points and 3 rebounds in 31 minutes), Kawhi Leonard (12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots) and Danny Green (10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) also pitched in for the Spurs last night.  The Spurs and Heat are all tied up at two games apiece in this series.

Game #3: San Antonio Spurs 113, Miami Heat 77

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 12 June 2013 at 1:47 pm

The Spurs took it to the Heat in the second half last night when they outscored them 63-33 to surge to victory.  They also out-rebounded the Heat 52-36 and that was a big factor in this game.  Danny Green led the way for the Spurs last night with 27 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots.  Green shot an amazing 7 of 9 from three point range in this game.  Gary Neal was also a force for the Spurs in his 25 minutes off the bench as he scored 24 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and he dished out 3 assists.  Neal was also a red hot 6 of 10 from three point range.  Kawhi Leonard (14 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals) and Tim Duncan (12 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocked shots) provided the muscle for the Spurs last night.  The Spurs are now up 2-1 in this series.

Game #2: Miami Heat 103, San Antonio Spurs 84

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Monday 10 June 2013 at 7:18 am

The Spurs out-rebounded the Heat 44-36 last night, but they ran into a buzzsaw in the second half when they were outscored 57-39.  Danny Green led the way for the Spurs last night with 17 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot.  Tony Parker (13 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 blocked shot) and Gary Neal (10 points and 2 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench) also helped out.  Tim Duncan (9 points, 11 rebounds and 1 assist in 30 minutes) and Kawhi Leonard (9 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal) combined to shoot a pretty terrible 7 of 25 from the floor.  The Spurs are tied up at one game apiece with the Heat as the series shifts to San Antonio for Games #3, #4 and #5.

Game #1: San Antonio Spurs 92, Miami Heat 88

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Friday 7 June 2013 at 6:39 am

The Spurs outscored the Heat 23-16 in the 4th quarter to pull away for an outstanding win last night.  Tony Parker put the final nail in the Heat’s coffin when he put a move on LeBron James and hit a jumper as the 24-second clock ran out to give the Spurs a 4-point lead with only 5 seconds left in the game.  Parker (21 points, 6 assists and 2 steals) and Tim Duncan (20 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots) led the way for the Spurs last night.  Manu Ginobili only shot 4 of 11 from the floor in this game, but he still finished up with 13 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.  Danny Green (12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) and Kawhi Leonard (10 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal) also pitched in for the Spurs.  The Spurs are now up 1-0 in this series.

The NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs (12-2) vs. Miami Heat (12-4)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 June 2013 at 5:22 pm

The last time the Spurs encountered LeBron James in the NBA Finals, they swept his Cleveland Cavaliers.  It likely won’t be that easy this time around, but the Spurs have to be confident after rolling through the much tougher Eastern Conference.  It’s put up or shut up time for the Heat.  Here is a look at the matchups in this series:

POINT GUARD:  Tony Parker is one of the best point guards on the planet and he is going to give the Heat’s defense fits in this series.  Parker has played in 14 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 37.0 minutes, 23.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  He has now played in 166 games (158 starts) in his career in the playoffs so far and he is averaging 36.4 minutes, 19.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

Mario Chalmers is a good defensive player, but he’s going to have his hands full dealing with Parker.  Chalmers has played in 16 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 26.8 minutes, 8.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  He has now played in 72 games (47 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 29.4 minutes, 9.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

EDGE:  HUGE FOR THE SPURS

SHOOTING GUARD:  Danny Green is a solid all-around team player.  He does the little things well for the Spurs and he always plays hard.  Green has played in 14 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 30.1 minutes, 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  Green has now played in 32 games (26 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 22.4 minutes, 7.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

The Heat can’t win this series if Dwyane Wade plays like he has in the first three rounds of the playoffs.  He has played in 15 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 35.1 minutes, 14.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  D-Wade has now played in 125 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 39.7 minutes, 23.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

EDGE:  HEAT

SMALL FORWARD:  Kawhi Leonard is a player on the rise for the Spurs.  He has played in 14 games (all starts) for the Spurs in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 37.1 minutes, 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  Leonard has now played in 28 games (all starts) so far in the playoffs in his career and he is averaging 32.1 minutes, 10.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

LeBron James is going to have to be on his game and he is going to have to keep his teammates heavily involved offensively in this series.  James has played in 16 games (all starts) for the Heat so far in the playoffs this year and he is averaging 41.2 minutes, 26.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  James has now played in 131 games (all starts) in his career in the playoffs and he is averaging 43.2 minutes, 28.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

EDGE:  HEAT

POWER FORWARD:  Tim Duncan is one of the best big men in the history of the NBA.  Coach Popovich watched Duncan’s workload all season long so that he would be fresh for the playoffs.  Duncan has played in 14 games (all starts) for the Spurs so far this year in the playoffs and he is averaging 34.4 minutes, 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game.  Duncan has now played in 204 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 38.7 minutes, 22.0 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 blocked shots per game.

Udonis Haslem brings his hard hat to the arena as he does all of the dirty work for the Heat.  Haslem has played in 16 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far this year for the Heat and he is averaging 18.4 minutes, 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Haslem has now played in 116 games (75 starts) so far in his NBA career in the playoffs and he is averaging 24.8 minutes, 6.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.

EDGE:  HUGE FOR THE SPURS

Tiago Splitter does most of his work offensively and defensively near the rim for the Spurs.  They are going to need him to protect the paint in this series.  Splitter has played in 12 games (11 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 23.3 minutes, 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  Splitter has now played in 28 games (11 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 17.8 minutes, 6.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

Chris Bosh needs to step up and grow some stones in this series, or the Heat are going to be in big, big trouble.  Bosh has played in 16 games (all starts) so far in the playoffs this year and he is averaging 31.9 minutes, 12.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.6 blocked shots per game.  He has now played in 62 games (58 starts) so far in his NBA career in the playoffs and he is averaging 35.6 minutes, 16.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game.

EDGE:  HEAT

BENCH:  The Spurs have a pretty impressive bench bunch.  It all starts with shooting guard Manu Ginobili.  Ginobili has played in 14 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 25.8 minutes, 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  He has now played in 150 games (49 starts) so far in his career in the playoffs and he is averaging 30.5 minutes, 15.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  Gary Neal is a solid combo guard off the bench for the Spurs.  He has played in 14 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 15.7 minutes, 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  Neal has now played in 34 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 16.1 minutes, 6.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  PF/C Matt Bonner is an outstanding long range shooter off the bench for the Spurs.  He has played in 14 games (1 start) for the Spurs so far this year in the playoffs and he is averaging 16.5 minutes, 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Bonner has now played in 59 games (6 starts) so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 14.0 minutes, 3.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Boris Diaw can literally play any position on the court for the Spurs.  He has played in 10 games (1 start) for the Spurs in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 17.8 minutes, 4.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.  Diaw has now played in 63 games (41 starts) so far in his playoff career and he is averaging 29.9 minutes, 10.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.  Cory Joseph has been giving Tony Parker a little breather so far in the playoffs.  He has played in 14 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 10.6 minutes, 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  PF/C DeJuan Blair can get physical with the Heat if they need him to.  He has played in 9 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 6.6 minutes, 4.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  Blair has now played in 33 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 8.4 minutes, 3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.

Shooting guard Ray Allen brings instant offense off the bench for the Heat.  He has played in 16 games (0 starts) for the Heat so far in the playoffs this year and he is averaging 23.8 minutes, 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Allen has now played in 144 games (120 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 37.1 minutes, 17.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Point guard Norris Cole will split time with Mario Chalmers in this series.  Chalmers has played in 16 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 21.0 minutes, 7.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.  He has now played in 35 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 14.5 minutes, 4.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  PF/C Chris Andersen has been out of this world in the playoffs for the Heat so far this year as he is hitting an amazing 82.6% of his shots (38 of 46) from the floor!  Andersen has played in 15 games (0 starts) so far in the playoffs this year and he is averaging 15.5 minutes, 7.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.  Andersen has now played in 46 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 17.0 minutes, 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game.  SG/SF Shane Battier has been awful in the playoffs and he didn’t even play against the Pacers in the last game of the Eastern Conference Finals.  Battier has played in 15 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far this year for the Heat and he is averaging 20.3 minutes, 4.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  He has now played in 89 games (50 starts) so far in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 30.8 minutes, 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  SG/SF Mike Miller will likely push Battier for minutes in this series.  Miller has played in 10 games (1 start) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 8.0 minutes, 2.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Miller has now played in 71 games (15 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 16.4 minutes, 5.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.

EDGE:  EVEN

COACHING:  Gregg Popovich is one of the best head coaches ever in the NBA.  He already has four rings and he has never lost a NBA Finals’ series.  Popovich has led his Spurs to a 12-2 (85.7%) record in the playoffs so far this year.  He is now 130-79 (62.2%) in the playoffs in his career as an NBA head coach.

Erik Spoelstra is a solid coach, but he’s not in Popovich’s league yet.  The Heat are 12-4 (75%) in the playoffs against the much weaker Eastern Conference.  Spoelstra is now 46-26 (63.9%) in the playoffs in his NBA career.

EDGE:  SPURS

PREDICTION:  SPURS IN SIX GAMES

Game #4: San Antonio Spurs 93, Memphis Grizzlies 86

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 30 May 2013 at 12:48 pm

The Spurs shot 51.3% from the floor and they held the Grizzlies to 37.2% from the floor to finish them off in four straight games in this series.  Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs in this game with 37 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.  Tim Duncan (15 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 4 blocked shots) and Kawhi Leonard (11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 5 steals) also pitched in for the Spurs in this game.  The Spurs won the Western Conference Finals in four games and they now await the winner of the Pacers/Heat series in the NBA Finals starting new week.

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