HoopsHype.com San Antonio Spurs Twitters
» Update: 11:52 PM ET
Sunday, May 19
... Note to Grizzlies: The whole, "flop in Game 1, then recover to win series" thing is a less viable option as the rounds move along.
I expect the rest of the series to be a possession-by-possession bloodfest, but ...
9:26, Z-Bo with first basket of the Western Conference finals. Those of who who had the under win.
Coming out of quarter break, Grizzlies apparently run something that's news to Lionel Hollins, who slams scorer's table in frustration.
Huge, huge, huge quarter close for Spurs. After lead cut to six, an 11-1 run. Lead up to 73-57 heading to 4Q.
Either that, or 20 years from now Spurs fans will be referring to this as "The Matt Bonner Game."
Although I guess this isn't small. Arthur's in. So never mind.
Z-Bo playing like utter dog droppings at least allows Memphis to go small vs. Bonner lineup w/o feeling bad about it.
Feels like Spurs are still going to need their stars (ahem, Duncan) to play like stars in order to finish this one off.
You can feel the tension in the SA crowd at ATT
Spurs fans have to hope, 20 years from now, they're not referring to the as "The Quincy Pondexter Game." Spurs lead down to 62-56.
Quincy Pondexter happened quickly.
Here's a fun stat: All this, and Tim Duncan has four points, is 2 of 7.
Anybody want to ring Zach Randolph's room and let him know the Western Conference finals have started?
You can't put Allen on Parker if Mike Conley is going to totally forget he's supposed to be guarding Danny Green.
That didn't look like an accidental trip. But Tony Allen helped up Tony Parker and smiled, so we're all good I guess.
Also worth reminding some of you giddy yahoos: A 14-point lead at halftime of an NBA playoff game is totally surmountable.
Quick prediction: Spurs will win every single half Matt Bonner outscores Zach Randolph 9-0.
Spurs lead 51-37 heading into second half.
After that Manu call at the end of 1Q, Spurs have lost all right to complain about calls. Seems like they're some tough whistles now.
Nearly two full quarters in the books, and Zach Randolph is scoreless.
Pop called a 20-second to get on Duncan's butt. Probably going to bench him again if he doesn't shape up.
This is going way back, but Ed Davis used to give the Spurs a little bit of trouble back in his Toronto days.
So far, Tony Parker has been the best player on the floor. Spurs awfully tough to beat whenever that is the case.
Grizzlies are playing pretty hard, for a team that walked to the arena this morning, then played extra 48 minutes before tip. So, not very.
"Thank goodness, Tim Duncan in for Matt Bonner." -- Z-Bo, probably.
Fans behind me insist on telling Marc Gasol "you're the best brother" after every timeout. I mean, how's he supposed to feel about that?
I'm assuming Memphis will get some things together a make a game of this eventually. Right?
The Red Rodman, out-muscling Z-Bo.
And here's Parker.
It's a mostly starting Memphis unit against Spurs' subs. We'll see how long this keeps up.
Joseph with offensive tap-ins now. Spurs are playing harder in addition to better.
Pop has often called big first-half leads his worst nightmare. He might as well be coaching in his underwear right now.
Grizzlies have been pretty good this season mounting comebacks. But not all that good at scoring. Interested to see how this plays out.
Hard to imagine how that quarter could have gone better for the Spurs'. Lead up to 31-14.
Dumb foul by Arthur, even if it wasn't a foul at all and no way in the act of shooting.
And Matt Bonner is re-enacting the 3-point shootout against them. Wiiiiide open.
Memphis, we'll remind, was second in the league in the regular season at defending the 3-point line.
Gary Neal gets, I think, the first block-charge of his career. They should stop the game and give him the ball.
double-figure lead allows Pop to sub out Duncan with 3 min. left in 1st; vs. Dubs he was going full 1st quarter
first 'run' of game for Griz, back to back baskets
There were entire quarters in Spurs-Griz 2011 series when Spurs didn't score 18; they've got 18 with 6:27 left in 1st today
Spurs open 7 of 8. If they can keep up this percentage, they can probably win the series.
Spurs up 12 points midway through 1Q. You know Pop hates that.
7:21 left in the 1Q, Spurs finally go a possession without scoring.
Spurs have gotten two open/semi-open 3-point looks in first three possessions. Going to be key in the series.
Spurs v Grizzlies 330pm eastern...ABC tune in
GOODMORNING! Have a great day!
Those of you in town might consider buying a hard copy of today's E-N, featuring complete WCF preview section, but ... links to come
Great day. Oldest graduated from High school today. Blessed to be surrounded by so many family and friends.
Saturday, May 18
Seek respect, not attention!
A lot of people couldn't handle what I've been through.
Also, he spelled his last name "Stoudamire" then. And still does, probably.
Doesn't feel like I've been on the beat long, but first MEM-SA game I covered, Damon Stoudemire was Grizz starting PG. Now they're in WCF.
Unless I've missed something in my quick research, Memphis at 5th is lowest seed to make conference final since '99 Knicks at 8th.
Haven't read everything, but haven't seen any legit, non-partisan source that actually picks Spurs to win this thing. Interesting ...
What up doe!
After beating Warriors, Spurs now own a playoff series victory over every team in West but one: the Houston Rockets.
Friday, May 17
One notable prop: over/under on Ginobili's average WCF ppg is 12.5. I know which way I'd go on that one.
Some odds from Bovada: Spurs tiny (10/13) favorites to win WCF, 5/1 to win title. Heat are huge (1/3) title faves.
One thing about Grizz ... the Russ-less OKC team they choked out in Round 2 was limited & one-dimensional. Little fool's gold there.
That was not directed at anyone in particular. Just a general warning. Saw some of it in the Golden State series already.
Fair warning: If you're one of those insecure fans who believes saying something nice about opponent = "hating" on Spurs, just unfollow now.
Thumbnail of WCF matchup: Grizz play great defense, so they'll be in every game; Grizz can't shoot, so Spurs will be in every game. Fair?
The LuAnn Platter. That's what they call the special at Luby's. Should have remembered: There's a King of the Hill character named after it.
How old is the Axtell story? E-N called me on spring break to help cover it. And I couldn't get email at the folks' house.