So the Spurs just demolished the Grizzlies. Not only are the Spurs top guys great, they seem to have a bench full of ballers. And Coach Popovich is leagues ahead of most of the other coaches. I can't believe the Spurs can play serious minutes with Boris Diaw at center and get away with it against the Grizzlies. At yet they did just that.
Also, Grizzlies need to get it through their head that they have to defend the corner three position. You've got to have a guy either there or ready to rotate there on the pass. You will lose if you give up too many shots from that position, especially against the various Spurs players who will camp out there.
Don't forget the fact that Bonner was able to hold his own defensively as well. Nothing about that game makes me think the Grizzlies have a chance, but I felt the same way about the Thunder after games 1 and 2 last year so I'm not going to jump the gun just yet. Z-Bo and Gasol hopefully show up in game two.
It was reminiscent of game 1 between the Nets and Bulls. No one expected the Nets to blow out the Bulls, but they completely outmatched them in game 1. Hopefully like that series we can get some memorable games in a competitive series.
You know how Michael Jordan was the ultimate winner who never lost in the Finals the same can be said about Tim Duncan. He is 4 for 4 which should be one of the many things that supplant his status as the best pf in history. People fail to realize that.
I don't like viewing him as the best PF in history, because I think that title has been totally contrived for unnecessary hype. He's not a PF. He's a C. They call him a PF simply because the competition for historical greatness is not as still in the PF ranks as it is in the C ranks.
Still, +1 for the solid post. There's something special about Timmy. He has that nasty edge reminiscent of MJ, but seems level, kind, cool, etc. at the same time. 4 for 4 is pretty amazing. Heat v. Spurs should be an epic finally to the season.
Yeah, but once MJ reached the Finals he never flamed out in the first round like Duncan did against Memphis.
Yes, a Spurs - Heat finals would have some pretty significant historical implications. If Lebron wins he gets one step closer to the possibility of being regarded as greatest player ever. If Spurs win then they get one step closer to being one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history and actually of all major league US professional sports.
If the Spurs win the final, David Stern has to hand the O'Brien trophy to Gregg Popovich, who he famously fined for disappointing the fans by benching starters. That's what I'm hoping for most this postseason- that Stern gets his just desserts, and Pop says "F*** YOU I WON A TITLE, B***H. FINE ME FOR THAT S**T, A*****E" to him on national TV.
I would love that as well. Though of course he wouldn't say that. But he might actually say something like, "Well we were really fortunate to have all of our guys rested and healthy for the playoff run." I think something like that would be enough to send the F U message.
Memphis are too good not to come back. I still believe this series will go to 7 games...
Game 2 is a must win.
Tim Duncan is obviously up there among the greats. I think 5 titles would make him the 4th best big man
ever behind only Kareem, Wilt, and Bill Russell. Obviously the top power forward ever if you consider him a
It also feels like he will be able to play into his early 40's so that could put him further up the all-time list.
With 5 titles he will be in that category with Russell, Kareem, Mike, and Magic. Oh, and Kobe too. Not many guys have 5.
If LeBron gets the ring I think you can call him the best small forward ever (better than Bird since Bird never went back to back).
2 titles in 10 seasons wouldn't put him too far off Jordan's pace. But if they lose in the Finals he will be 1 and 3 all time there, and
closer to Julius Erving than Michael Jordan. And with Wade having obviously peaked, LeBron might not get a ton more chances. If he only
has 1 ring after 10 years, five will start looking like it's out of reach. If he fails to win it this year, then I think 3 rings could be his ceiling.
The Spurs shot the ball incredibly well that game. As great as the SA team is, I'm skeptical they can duplicate that shooting clinic.