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Mavs are now outscoring the Spurs 17-10 in the 2Q with 5:19 before half. DAL cuts SA 14 point lead down to 5.
Spurs opened game w/ 27 straight possessions without a TO. Three on the last nine fueling 12-3 run for Dallas.
Make that 12-3 and 5 after TO leads to Parsons dunk.
10-3 run for the Mavs, lead is down to 7.
The Mavs have forced SA into some tough shots these last 4 possessions. Mavs cut Spurs’ lead down to 10.
The Mavs have too many guys who couldn't guard the broccoli tray at a 4-year-old's birthday party.
Spurs commit first turnover with 9 minutes left in 2nd quarter.
Give Amare this: He's every bit as good a defender as he was during his Phoenix heyday.
And we all know Bobo loves his spoon feedings...
In the corner, buzzed a no-look right past defenders ear to Diaw standing under the bucket for the easy layup. Spoon feeding at its finest.
Amar'e thought he was still on the Knicks after giving up that last uncontested layup to Bobo. SA by 14.
Manu...so gorgeous. His passing can be worth the price of admission alone. Even when it's a turnover, it's still entertaining.
Pop on the lead: "We have lots of chances to screw it up." Only Pop.
Mavs have offensive firepower to give teams trouble, but hard to see them winning a series with that D.
Heading for like the 13th or 14th straight game where Pop gets asked, "So, Kawhi's playing really well, huh?"
1Q: Spurs 29, Mavs 17. Kawhi 8 points, 3 rebs, 2 steals, 1 block. SA shoots 52% w/ 0 TOs. DAL 42% shooting w/ 6 TOs.
End of 1st quarter, Spurs lead 29-17. Kawhi Leonard, budding superstar, leads everyone in everything (8 pts, 3 rebs, 2 stls, 1 blk).
Only a matter of time before Leonard gets his first 5x5
Manu with a layup after he checks in. Spurs by 14.
It's true: If Kawhi Leonard isn't *somewhere* on your DPOY ballot right now, you're probably doing it wrong.
19-4 run for the Spurs, who now lead 29-15.
Oops, and a block. Don't want to short change him or anything.
Leonard still in Galactus mode: 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
Make that 8 points for Kawhi, 3 boards, 2 steals and 1 block...and the first quarter isn't over yet.
Rondo/Chandler gives Dallas two more plus defenders than last year. Still severe defensive mismatches all over the place.
Freaking Kawhi. Just ripped that ball away for his second steal. Spurs take an 11 point lead in the first, Kawhi has 6 points.
Steal No. 2 from Leonard. Just straight robbed Ellis.
4 turnovers for Dallas now: 2 steals by Parker, 1 by Green, 1 by Kawhi.
Boris looking at Stoudemire guarding him in the post like a dozen donuts. W/ sprinkles.
Carlisle with a small ball lineup right now with Aminu at PF. Pop sticking with Bonner/Diaw frontcourt.
Averaging 113 points/100 possessions in past three games since the Debacle of New York.
Nine minutes in, Spurs w/ 21 points, shooting 55 pct, 0 turnovers.
2:48 left in the 1Q and KAwhi Leonard already has a steal and block to his total. 13 games in a row now the Spurs have led by double-digits
Monta Ellis tries to take Leonard off the dribble, does not live to tell the tale. Steal.
The mismatch with Leonard in the post is just going to keep resulting in wide open looks for the Spurs.
Rondo on Leonard, Mavericks doubling on the touch.
Spurs take an 8 point lead, forcing Mavs into turnovers like they did Sunday with Atlanta.
So we know that fastbreak buckets are an insta-timeout for Pop. Consecutive scoop layups for Tiago are the same for Carlisle.
Ellis' shooting percentage in the last 10 games: 38% 5.5 minutes into the first: 75%
Both of those shots got a "you have to be kidding me/WTF was that?" groan from the AAC crowd.
Tiago (6 points) working in the post on Dallas. SA with early 14-10 lead. Meanwhile, Ellis, who was in a shooting slump, has 7 points.
One thing Tiago Spitter can do ... is finger roll
Kill me now. It might not get any more memorable than that.
Tiago's post game is getting more versatile with that last under handed layup in the post.
ON CONSECUTIVE POSSESSSIONS
Getting pretty close to seeing everything there is to see after Splitter finger roll.
The Tiago post game...
Ellis came in shooting 21.9% from three in his last 10 games, so of course he drills his first three of the game.
Kawhi gave Rondo a huge amount of space on defense, then Kawhi puts the Spurs on the board with a PUJIT.
"Immigrant Song" for the Mavericks as tip off looms. Except Dallas is most definitely not the land of the ice and snow...
"Oh, that's messed up." - Russ in the Mountain Dew commercial. Simple, but awesome line.
Tim Duncan and Richard Jefferson sharing a pretty jocular chat with about 2 minutes until intros.
Texas media corps got kind of sappy bidding Nate Boyer goodbye today. "Ehh, met one football player, met 'em all," I told him.
Popovich on dealing with the inevitable scourge of doubt... http://t.co/q33m2r1OA2
Catalon and Vasser (knee injuries to both) stick out, because UT would've loved them to emerge this spring.
Notables on UT spring injury report: Bluiett, Tank Jackson and Roberson are out for the duration; Catalon, Flowers and Vasser are limited.
Of minor note, Jeff Ayres is back in uniform and available for duty after a one-game absence for personal reasons.
No surprise with probable grade, but Popovich said he expects Ginobili to play tonight vs. Mavs.
Just finished Spurs/OKC preview box for tmw's paper. I wrote Russell Westbrook's name a LOT.
Some people might argue about that last part, Nate.
Boyer, the ex-Green Beret, on his NFL hopes: "I'm not expecting anything. I'd be grateful for an opportunity. Nobody owes me anything."
Scout told Nate Boyer he looked old for an NFL prospect. "I'm 34," Boyer said. Scout laughed. "No, really," Boyer said.
Some results from Texas' pro timing day: 4.54, 2.3, 46 1/2, 15, 1.93, 21.
Brown doesn't get nearly enough credit for panting seeds for Spurs dynasty. He brought Pop, Buford to SA, Spurs lucked out w/ Duncan, voilà.
Duncan on angling for specific spot: "We can't specifically say, hey, we want to be here or there. We want to have the best record we can."
Duncan on seeding: "We want to be as high as possible. One, to feel better about ourselves. Two, we just want to be in the best position."
Q: "Will you fulfill your pledge to be nice whenever you cross paths on the sideline again?" Pop: "I was always nice."
Pop on meeting with Sager: "It was good to see him. I hadn't seen him in a while, obviously. So to see him out...was a lot of fun."
Officially listed as probable after missing four straight with sprained right ankle.
Manu participated in shootaround, usually an indication of impending play. But Pop would not commit, saying only that he'll dress.
Spurs title odds surging in Hollinger projections. Had been under 2 pct, now approaching 8. Third-best odds of reaching Finals in West.
James Harden's "3-point goggles" celebration begins with him going in for the optometrist's exam.
"Harden hits the jumper ... and now he's re-enacting the famous scene from 'Dirty Dancing' with Clutch the Bear. And he sticks the landing!"
I think there's nothing cooler in sports than an honest and impromptu display of emotion. What Harden's doing ain't that.
"James Harden sinks the game-winning 3! And now he's pretending to change a baby's diaper while riding a roller coaster!"
Dumber celebration move poll: A) Harden's goofy cooking thing; B) Ricky Bobby's Shake and Bake; C) Happy Gilmore's Bull Dance.
I feel like Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. foretold Harden's culinary celebration with their "Shake and Bake" move.
Maybe it's just me getting old, but I find this to be incredibly dumb: http://t.co/b91aNeIFGw
Notable teams that have played worse than Dallas from 12/20-03/23/15: Chicago, Portland, Pelicans, Toronto, Washington.
Since acquiring Rajon Rondo (12/20-03/23), the Mavs are 25-19. Offense: 103.5 PP/100 (13th) Defense: 101.7 PP/100 (14th) in those 44 games