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And now Manu's heating up. He's got 14 points, who are these guys?
Oh hey, a few layups go in and now Parker's jumper just went in. He's got 14, Spurs by 7.
Parker now with 12 points, as he just made yet another layup. Something's kicked in this quarter for him.
The Spurs' bench is now outscoring the Kings' bench 40-17. Manu with 11 points, Diaw with 7, Beli/Baynes 8 each.
And now Manu embellishes contact to induce an offensive foul -- AKA, flopping. Pulling out all the stops tonight!
You know who else we've been missing this year: Land Walrus mode Boris Diaw.
It's like someone just gave Parker a shot of Espresso. He's looked much more aggressive in this 4th, looks quicker too on his dribble.
I don't know what that means, but I get the gist.
Oh, vintage Ginobili. Crazy reverse layup in traffic.
Veiled shot at Pop?
Also, give Kawhi 17 points.
8 points in the second half for Parker now, he's got 10 on the night.
Did we mention that DeMarcus Cousins isn't playing?
Tie game in Sacto.
Spurs run a play for Green coming out of the timeout...and he passes up a wide-open 3.
Approaching Yakety Sax levels in Sacramento. Spurs still up 2.
SA shot 46% in 3Q with 7 assists on 10 makes. Parker led team in scoring with 6 points. Kings though shot 59% & had 22-12 edge in paint.
3Q: Spurs 80, Kings 78. SAC takes 3Q 32-31. Kawhi 15 points, 4 rebs, 3 ast & 2 blks. Duncan 10 pts. SA bench 33-15 scoring edge.
Spurs just cannot pull away. Leading by just 2 entering the 4th quarter in Sacramento. (Which, again, is without DeMarcus Cousins.)
Spurs' bench with the 33-11 scoring edge at the moment.
Evans v BAYNES would be a decent cage fight.
Only Danny Green would still be in a rhythm after sitting for most of the first three quarters of this game.
Patty Mills passes up a wide-open 3 in the corner. A small but telling example of the funk this team is in.
Tim Duncan has some of the prettiest 3-foot push shots in NBA history.
Tony Parker layup in the paint. Good job of waiting to find the right moment to attack the rim.
Parker's now got 6 points and 2 dimes after his last feed to Kawhi in the open court. Kawhi with 15 points. SA by 3.
Danny Green draws his 4th foul of the game, and there he goes back to the bench.
This is how far Tony Parker has fallen: Elliott is rating his misses.
Kawhi Leonard and Aron Baynes each scored 6 points in the second quarter.
It wasn't a pretty shooting 2Q for SA (33%), but they were 13-13 from the FT line that quarter. SAC held to 40% shooting in 2Q w/ 4 TOs
The Spurs have outscored the Kings 35-22 since SA was last down 10 in the first quarter.
He will celebrate with a cup of fresh goat blood in the locker room.
Half: Spurs 49, Kings 46. SA outscores SAC 29-21 in 2Q. Kawhi with 13 points, 4 boards, 2 assists & 2 blocks. SA bench with 23 points
Yes, Sacramento let Aron Baynes get behind the defense for a fastbreak dunk.
Could have done without McLemore's buzzer-beater, but Spurs close half strong ... lead 49-46.
Duncan reciprocates, hitting BAYNES in stride with an outlet pass for the transition dunk.
Duncan outlet to Baynes. Spurs by 5.
Patrick scores off the screen with a mid-range jumper. SA by 3 just before the half.
Spurs take the lead on the immortal BAYNES-to-Duncan hi-lo.
So it's a tie game in Sacramento, 43s all. Spurs shooting 30.2 pct.
Tie game: Patty Mills enters too.
Carl Landry, Cousins' replacement, just picked up his fourth foul. Baynes to the line with a shot at a tie.
Kawhi with the block on one end, takes it down and dunks it on the other. He's got 13 points.
Kawhi blocks Gay, takes it coast-to-coast for a slam. See if that sparks something.
Spurs have yet to score on three consecutive possessions this entire game.
Spurs shooting 31 percent, yet trail the Kings by just two late in the SECOND quarter.
Kawhi and Beli run a 2-man pass and drive sequence which ends with Marco getting the three. SA down 2.
Tony's season is like Superman 2, when he relinquished his powers to live a mortal life with Lois Lane, and got savagely beaten by truckers.
Parker's mojo is so depleted that even his starfish flop has no effect.
Parker can't beat Miller 1-on-1 in the open court, turns it over. Kings score on the other end. SA down 8 again.
Spurs have two field goals through seven minutes of the 2Q, and one of them was Leonard's circus shot from under the rim.
Especially if Duncan keeps missing layups.
I guess I'll treat that Tweet as a prediction.
Second, excuse me.
Midway through the third quarter, Spurs still trail the Cousins-less Kings.
Kawhi Leonard now has 11 points in the first half.
Feels like Kings are only going to be able to stay in front for so long. But they continue to lead, 31-25 early in the 2nd quarter.
Danny Green enters the game. Danny Green gets called for the foul. His 3rd means Green's back on the bench.
No sooner does Danny Green enter than he picks up his third foul on a loose-ball airball.
Cory Joseph makin' defensive plays, also pushing the pace each time he's bringing the ball up.
Andre Miller has Hall of Fame old man game.
After trailing by 10 with 4:38 left in the 1Q, the Spurs' bench ended the quarter on a 6-1 run.
1Q: Spurs 20, Kings 25. As starter, Splitter with 2 points, 7 boards & 2 blocks. Kawhi 7 points. SAC shoots 48%, SA 36%.
Haha, Splitter is killing it. Rebounds in a crowd, muscles in the layup and 1. Whatever the Brazilian Wheaties are, he ate some I guess.
OK ... Spurs seeming to find their footing. And now Splitter is actually THE difference. On both ends.
Cory gets into the paint, feeds Manu, who feeds a wide-open Beli in the corner...but Beli missed the shot.
If he dunks I'm just going to shut the TV off and play Dragon Age.
Splitter's actually making an impact defensively, which seems odd to say considering Kings shooting 99.9999999999%
Splitter tossing shots and rebounding like prime Russell.
It's as if Jacob Riis went to watch the stone-cutter at work that day, and the stone-cutter eventually keeled over from exhaustion.
The kind of stretch the Spurs are having: Kawhi tried to grab a defensive rebound, but instead he couldn't grab it and it went in the hole.
Kawhi's got 7 points now, the rest of the Spurs 5.
Make that 20-10. Spurs have given up 20 points in 6 mins to lineup of Landry, Thompson, McLemore, Gay and McCallum.
10 point lead for the Kings. Spurs' starters have scored 10 points midway through 1Q, SAC shooting 69%, 10-4 edge in paint scoring.
And now Spurs fall into their nightly double-digit hole.
On the no Boogie front, Sacramento leads 18-10.
Kings open shooting 80 percent, lead by 8.
Unique vantage point her in Sac, tucked into corner behind Spurs' bench. Kind of like it. http://t.co/Kr1fTe8bkb
Kawhi has 5 of the Spurs' first 10 points, but Sac has already made 5 of their first 7 shots. Kings up 8-4 in paint, 12-10 lead for SAC
If you're just tuning in, DeMarcus Cousins is out with injury. So if the Spurs can't win this one...
If they're having a tough time now, after one of the most artistic titles ever, imagine once Duncan, Ginobili, Popovich, etc. are gone.
And another one: (Forget) This Season
1-3-1 zone defense on Sac's 3rd offensive possession.
Kawhi sinks his first three. Parker found him on the break at the right wing three.
This is Kings' 13th different starting lineup this season. That's adorable.
Except, of course, with wine. And they'd probably have to hire a driver.
When Pop and George finally retire, somebody would pay them millions to do a "Coaches In Cars Getting Coffee" series together. I'd watch.
If Whataburger wants to pay me to endorse Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits, I'm all ears...