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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."
Huh. The Spurs have the best record in the NBA as of this moment. Who knew?
And somewhere, Tim Duncan still doesn't care.
Kinda fun it was the Lakers and Mavericks, the Spurs' two most hated rivals, who did them solids today. Wouldn't expect gift baskets, tho.
That's it. Down goes Indiana. Spurs 46-16, Indiana 46-17, OKC 46-17.
Now 10 with less than a minute left. Spurs about to move into first place by a 1/2 game over OKC, Pacers with a game in hand.
Dallas up 8 on Indiana with less than two minutes left.
Going down to the wire in Big D. And somewhere, Tim Duncan probably couldn't care less.
Show of hands from those who thought that was possible about a month ago.
Mavs up seven midway through 3rd over Pacers. Dallas victory puts the Spurs in sole possessions of overall 1st place.
NBA will be a much less inviting place for me when Dirk Nowitzki hangs 'em up.
What on earth was that hand gesture from Chandler Parsons?!?! On second thought, not sure I want to know.
How may did Kobe have today? What about Kareem?
I highly doubt there's anyone w/Spurs who expected to go to sleep tonight with sole possession of 1st in the West.
I don't care what people say, I still don't think this means the Thunder are 52 points worse than the Clippers.
Russ will get a lot of heat, and rightfully so. But giving up 114 to the Lakers C team probably played a big role in loss, too.
That is pretty amazing.
Can you imagine Manu and Westbrook on the same team?
Westbrook giveth. Westbrook taketh.
This is stunning. Maybe Thabo and Perk are more important than we thought.
Where were you the day Jodie Meeks scored 38 points in three quarters?
Wonder how many Spurs are watching this one...
Had one stretch of season with 4 blocks in 18 games. Has 5 in the last 3. Had one 3-steal game in 25 before return. Has 3 in past 5.
Leonard's defensive activity since return is so much higher.
Kawhi Leonard has 17 steals in six games since returning from a broken right hand. It's the most for any six-game stretch of his career.
Manu with the slickness http://t.co/YSoqntLCAU
Spurs move into dead heat with OKC with identical 46-16 record. Thunder own tiebreaker.
Danny Green re-aggravated a wrist strain suffered a few games ago but played through it. Finished 4 of 4 from 3. Doesn't think it's major.
Not sure even Phil Jackson can turn the Knicks around. But at least we have a pretty awesome book to look forward to.
During six-game win streak since RRT, Spurs are averaging 113 points and 30.5 assists.
Bird/McHale/Parish 1st with 540. Could get that next year -- provided nobody (ahem) retires.
Two more wins ties them with the same bunch for second all-time with 490 victories together.
Two more appearances together ties them with Magic/Cooper/Kareem for third all-time with 663.
Duncan/Ginobili/Parker approaching some significant milestones...
RE: proclaiming Leonard a bad man, wonder if Pop would consider draping a cape over his shoulders, a la James Brown. Prolly not.
Ginobili on Leonard D: "Those two steals were huge. (The second steal), he basically closed the game."
Averaging 2.8 steals, 1.7 blocks, 6.3 rebs, shooting 55 percent in six games since comeback.
Some of his lines since return: 17/7/4/2/2, 15/6/4/2/2, 18/5/3/4/3, 12/8/1/3/2. A couple months late, but what many expected after Finals.
Pop on Leonard: "He's a bad man," and that about sums it up.
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Every Spur gathering around Vaughn to give him his propers after a hard-fought game at the AT&T.
Parker with 30, Ginobili with 24, and 17/7/4 for Leonard. Has had some huge games since returning.
That's two steals and a block on last nine possessions, all leading to points.
Another big defensive play from Leonard, steal and dunk for 12-point lead.
Ginobili up to 23 after fading baseline J (and 1 to come). Parker has 27.
Indeed it is.
Looks like a clear path foul to me on the steal. Should get two FTs, possessions with 103-97 lead.
Two huge defensive plays by Leonard, a blocked shot and now steal after Orlando had possession to get within at least two.
Inflatable Coyote is giving some dude a lap dance in the front row...
So much tomfoolery at NBA games...
Cue Ginobili turnover. Of course.
Such a pleasure to watch Ginobili when he's on. So smart.
Tiago Splitter from Manu Ginobili x 3 to open fourth quarter, and Spurs out to 10-point lead.
Meaning if he's got double figures, the ball is moving pretty well. And it's moving pretty well here to start the fourth.
The thing about that Splitter stat: His points are about as accurate as Spurs' assist numbers when it comes to judging ball movement.
Spurs have yet to lose this season when Splitter gets double figures. He has 11. Let's go home.