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Post-injury surge continues for Leonard. Knifes through a seam to dunk it home, now has 12/7 in 19 mins.
Did Joakim Noah just stand there and watch Kawhi drive for a dunk?
This is the least of Chicago's worries right now, but Carlos Boozer has been flat terrible.
Houston coach/trainer going with denim jacket on sideline. Bold choice.
Spurs would be 23 of 33 from the floor if not for Tim Duncan's 2-for-8.
Bulls probably suffering emotional hangover from beating Miami. Spurs slogged around next game after beating Heat, too, but it was Orlando.
Last time Chicago went up in flames like this, they blamed it on Mrs. O'Leary's cow.
Spurs up 61-33 at halftime in Chicago. Just a complete clinic on both ends.
Parker bricks two FTs, still has 18 points, 5 assists in 15 minutes.
Jimmer to the rescue.
Carlos Boozer, who usually seems to wear the Spurs out, is 0 for 5.
Bulls on 8-2 run...and still trail by 28.
Spurs starting to cool off a bit, 2 buckets in last 8 possessions. Still lead by 30.
Spurs haven't scored in like two possessions. What gives?
One of those nights. Taj Gibson back-irons a breakaway dunk out of bounds.
Bulls opponents typically shoot 43.2 percent. Spurs at 70 midway through 2nd quarter.
Pop calls timeout to nip 2-0 Bulls run in the bud.
A reminder: Heading into night, Bulls had more wins since Jan. 1 than any team in the NBA.
Again, this is the NBA's No. 2 defense in FG, efficiency that the Spurs are utterly destroying.
Taj Gibson has taken to basically glaring menacingly at Zach Zarba on his way up and down the court.
Spurs with a 30-point lead with 8:30 left in the second quarter.
I mean, it's still early 2Q and NBA games are long. But difficult to envision offensively challenged Bulls making up 28-point deficit.
How many games have Spurs had all their players back? Seven. How many games have they won in a row? Six, and (probably) on the way to seven.
Spurs up 47-19 three minutes into 2Q. Might want to save some for tomorrow, fellas.
It's only the first quarter ... but Pop's already got to be thinking about how to conserve guys for tomorrow vs. Blazers.
Week ago tonight, Spurs posted 13 points in 1Q at Cleveland. Pretty much been on an offensive tear since 2Q of that game.
Spurs make like the Mongol horde, pillage Bulls vaunted defense for 38 points on 71 pct shooting to take 24-point lead after 1.
Spurs post best 1Q of season, lead 38-14 heading to 2Q. Had 37 in first vs. Miami last week.
Spurs shooting 70%. Bulls shooting 26%. Sometimes, this game is simple to analyze.
Parker proves mortality, misses open mid-range jumper.
Make that 36 in 21 after Ginobili's 3.
Spurs have 33 points in 20 possessions against league's No. 2 defense.
Parker so confident right now he's posting up. Scores, and that's 16 in the quarter.
Tony Parker posts up Augustin for points 15 and 16 of the quarter. Highest-scoring quarter of the season for Parker.
Scottie Pippen sport coat game: A+
Duncan and Leonard have all 10 of Spurs' rebounds, at five apiece.
Bulls open 2 of 12. What's more, Spurs keeping them off offensive boards. With Kawhi/Splitter out first meeting, didn't have a chance.
Spurs start 9 for 11, Bulls 2 for 10.
Spurs take 21-6 lead, and Popovich is the one taking the game's first timeout. Would someone check if Thibs is still alive?
Parker with a dozen in the first 6 1/2 minutes.
Now 12 for Parker.
Parker outscoring Bulls by himself, 10-6
Spurs off to a wonderful start. Scoring almost at will vs. No. 2 defense. 19 pts, 78% in first six minutes.
Pretty much an absolute bludgeoning so far. Spurs up 19-6. Bulls have only two field goals.
Parker's body control/spatial sense in traffic never ceases to amaze.
Welp I guess Tony Parker is back.
No hesitation from Leonard on the 3, and what do you know, he drills it. So much more confident lately.
Ah ... I guess Carlos Boozer is actually Chicago's top scorer at 14.2 ppg ... 0.1 more than D.J. Augustin.
Bulls are all backward: Point guard is their leading scorer and center is their high assist man.
Pregame children's troupe performing to "99 Problems" is either humanity at its best or worst.
Bulls: Hinrich, Butler, Dunleavy, Boozer, Noah. Spurs: Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Splitter.
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Just for fun: Gregg Popovich's pregame meeting with reporters was twice as long as Tom Thibodeau's. Pop went for 9 minutes and 45 seconds.
Everyone available for Spurs tonight in Chicago, as expected.
Great Sam Smith asks Pop if this has been his best coaching job. Pop: "Haven't they all been brilliant?"
Two of the players who started for Spurs the last time they played Chicago (De Colo, Jeffers) are no longer with the team.
Steve Jones with the definitive take on George Gervin: "He would light you up, and you didn't even know the match was lit."
Parker pretty much was "that guy" for the Spurs throughout last year's playoffs, until his hamstring popped in the Finals.
Role players and middle-of-the-road guys often tend to get mitigated in a 7-game series. Need stars to be stars.
At least that's what that afore-tweeted stat says to me. You need a go-to star, and Parker is that guy.
Once the playoffs start, and the deeper they go, the Spurs need Tony Parker to be a top-5 player to keep advancing, I think.
Apparently, having a bunch of moderately OK scorers is not the historical route to the Finals. Stars win championships in the NBA.
The Spurs have nine players averaging at least 8 ppg. Last team to have that many and make Finals were Boston Celtics ... in 1966.
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Bench net ratings: Ginobili plus 13.6; Mills plus 10.5; Diaw plus 7.6, Belinelli plus 5.8.
Spurs bench PERs: Ginobili 19.8, Mills 18.5, Diaw 15.5, Belinelli 15.2. Bench TS%s: Belinelli 61.7, Diaw 61.0, Mills 58.9, Ginobili 58.6.
Interesting thing about 6MOY from Spurs perspective, Ginobili, Diaw, Mills and Belinelli could all get votes. Pretty rare group.
I see retirement has done nothing to diminish the magnificence of Baron Davis' beard.
Not surprising. Shoots high percentage, works well inside and out, excellent passer. Just a smart, multi-skilled player.
I was about to go to bed. Looked at the standings. "Huh. Spurs have the best record in the NBA now." Thought it interesting. Shrug.
Cont'd..."I'm not thinking about it that much. I'm more concerned about the team playing better and being healthy."
Ginobili yesterday on top seed: "If we can accomplish that No. 1, it would be awesome. We'd love it. But it's not the main priority."