Spurs 110 Rockets 107, Lead 3-2; Call Me The Basketball Whisperer

So a few minutes ago I posted this on my Facebook:

Then Manu does this:

Manu blocks Harden for the win

And I swear I feel like I’m the Basketball Whisperer or some sort of magician. But I’ll take it.

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PostGame; NBA Playoffs 2012 Round 3; OKC at SAN Game 5

I gotta tell ya, this is what it’s all about:

That’s James Harden sticking a dagger 3 into the heart of SAN 5:17 to go, causing their lead to go up 100-88. Clearly the turning point in the game.

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PostGame; NBA Playoffs 2012 Round 3; SAN at OKC Game 3

Well there you go. Coach Popovich conceded this game sometime late 3rd and OKC finally gets a W while breaking the Spurs 20 win streak. And the only relevant graphic I can think of to reflect this game are the stats, which don’t really do the job because again, the Spurs gave it up by resting his starters in the 4th, so any numbers you see here don’t really mean anything.

What I take away from this game is two things. FIRST, OKC has finally determined a system to stop Tony Parker, adopting an interesting switching defense that negates picks and rolls.

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PostGame; NBA Playoffs 2012 Round 3; OKC at SAN Game 2

Ok I decided not to reuse this pic in the original post I wrote this morning, and instead go with Master Shifu.

Him being my representative of the Spurs, whilst OKC represented of course by the tiger, whoever he is.

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PostGame; NBA Playoffs 2012 Round 2; SAN at LAC Game 4

I love the series of events just before this shot right here:

LAC just scored to go ahead 88-82, 5 min. left in the game. Manu acts as PG, walks the ball down and to Duncan’s hands at the right area. Duncan is too far to do anything with it, trying to pound the ball slowly in to no avail. Manu cuts in between, acting as an option to receive a pass and possible hoop, but that’s iffy with 2 LAC bigs underneath.

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PostGame; NBA Playoffs 2012 Round 2; SAN at LAC Game 3

Back in Season 06 – 07, I wrote this:

Whenever I hear about the San Antonio Spurs being boring, I have to wince. To me, of course they’re boring. See, when a good team has got all its players playing well – their offense is top – notch, their defense is suffocating, and everyone is working like the cogs of a wheel that they are, like one cohesive unit, then yes, it actually gets boring to watch.

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PostGame; NBA Playoffs 2012 Round 2; LAC at SAN Game 1

SAN takes this 108 – 92 vs. LAC. There are two (2) things the Spurs do very well. Step One (1) is the classic, textbook style pick and roll.

CF Duncan goes to the freethrow area, giving the PG a pick, shooters on each side. Tony Parker can use the pick, curl and either take a J, or if he’s feeling it, drive to the hoop. Once Parker does his move, Duncan steps backward the other way, away from his defense who is probably suckered into defending the driving Parker anyway.

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