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The days when the San Antonio Spurs had one dimensional players besides the "Big 3" of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili are gone.
The Spurs no longer rely on a simple pick and roll along with a Tim Duncan "4 Down" like they used to in a predictable offense. Now the Spurs have a whole team full of versatile players who can dribble, drive, kick the ball out if the defenses collapse, and they can all shoot the ball.
The Boston Celtics have learned that the hard way.
Paul Pierce commented after their loss to the Spurs on Saturday that they have shooters all over the place, which makes it difficult for defenses to help out in the paint. It's also extremely difficult on pick-and-rolls, especially with a speedy point guard like Tony Parker looking to either shoot or drive.
"They have shooters all over the court which really challenges the way we play defense," said Pierce. "Especially when we are playing trapping style defense."
The Celtics have tried to play a "trap style defense" as Pierce called it, but it's very difficult with guys all around the 3-point line spreading the floor.
The problem the Spurs give that many other teams don't is that it's just not Parker who can do that. If you put in Manu Ginobili and Stephen Jackson alongside Parker, they can each do the same while handling the ball and also standing around the 3-point line waiting to get the pass from the ball handler.
It's something the Spurs haven't had in years and they're more deadly now that they've had a training camp to practice together as a unit.
BEST OF MAXIM
Paul Pierce is currently shooting 41.4% from the floor this year. It's easily his worst FG% since he shot 40.2% in 2003-'04. The eyeball test seems to tell us that he's advancing in age and has lost a step. But, there is also good reason to be optimistic that Pierce's shooting will improve as the season goes on. From a column this morning by WEEI's Ben...
We covered much of Paul Pierce’s work so far over the weekend, but against San Antonio, he showed us a way that he could probably be utilized more as the season progresses.When the Celtics use Pierce in Off Screen plays, he has been pretty average. His efficiency isn’t elite — 0.86 PPP, good for 23rd in the NBA — but it’s sufficient. What’s surprising is that Off Screen...
OFF THE GLASS
Arguably one of the best NBA points guards in the 2000's, Spurs guard Tony Parker showed off his usual flair for the dramatic in the fourth quarter of San Antonio's game against the Boston Celtics last night. Watch as Tony P gets to the rack and somehow uses the top of the backboard to get his circus shot to fall:
Tony Parker was asked after the Spurs-Celtics game if there is a rivalry building between the Thunder and the Spurs; he replied that it’s not on the same level of the rivalries with the Los Angeles Lakers or Dallas Mavericks of past years. Via Project Spurs: “No not yet. Not like the Lakers or the [...]The post Tony Parker: Spurs-Thunder Rivalry Not Happening. Yet. appeared first...
Does someone else need to start scoring?
After the Celtics 95-94 OT loss in Philly a little over a week ago, Magic Johnson said something on the ESPN post-game show that has stuck with me. Magic stated that in order for Boston to contend, Rajon Rondo was going to have to score 20-25 points a game. While I don't believe Rondo is about to be that guy, I am starting to wonder...
31 points, 18 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 blocks, 2 steals, 9-of-10 free throws, and just 2 turnovers in 40 minutes of play.
The above numbers were produced by San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan on Wednesday in the Spurs’ 112-106 loss to the Denver Nuggets, just a day after the Spurs fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The first, second, and fourth quarters were all competitive...
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker has a packed NBA resume full of accolades. From being an NBA All-Star, a candidate for the NBA MVP, and NBA champion to winning the 2007 NBA Finals MVP, Parker's trophy case is quite full.
Well Parker might want to create some space on that shelf.
TP has been nominated for FIBA’s European Player of the Year in 2012.
Parker is joined...
Spurs backcourt Tony Parker and Gary Neal combined for 42 points to lead the Spurs over the Celtics 103-88. Paul Pierce and Jason Terry led the Celtics with 19 apiece in the losing effort. Here are some more quick observations:
Jason Terry couldn't miss in the 1st half (17 points).
Jason Terry couldn't make in the 2nd half (1 point).
Manu Ginobili was limited to just over...
Boston Celtics (12-11) @ Chicago Bulls (13-10) 8:00 PM EST on CSNNE/CSN Chicago Line - Chicago -1.5; Over/Under = 181 Celtics Probable Starters PG – Rajon Rondo (12.7 APG + 12.9 PPG) SG – Jason Terry (11.7 PPG) SF – Paul Pierce (19.7 PPG + 5.4 RPG) PF – Brandon Bass (8.7 PPG) C – [...]
Tonight the Spurs and Celtics will clash in San Antonio and Celtics blogger John Karalis of Red's Army weighs in on the matchup. In a nutshell, John is expecting the Celtics to shock the Spurs tonight and escape San Antonio with the win. Here is what he had to say on tonight's Spurs-Celtics game.
So the Celtics have played a double overtime game where Paul Pierce...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 22 points and eight assists to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 103-88 on Saturday night.
Gary Neal added 20 points, Danny Green scored 12 and Tiago Splitter finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio (19-6), which overcame the loss of Manu Ginobili to improve to 8-2 at home.
Ginobili departed with a bruised...
Tip: 8PM Court: United Center Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Jason Phillips, Violet Palmer and Leon Wood
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On road: 4-7
At home: 7-6
Streak: Lost 2
Streak: Lost 1
Buckets: Pierce (19.7 ppg)
Buckets: Luol Deng (17.5 ppg)
The matchup of the game when Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the San Antonio Spurs is between Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook.
In their last meeting, both players had great games with 14 points and 11 assists from Parker and 18 points, 5 assists, and 8 rebounds from Westbrook.
San Antonio will likely be without guard Manu Ginobili (quad contusion) and that will have...
DENVER (AP) -- Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 28 points, outlasting Tim Duncan down the stretch and leading the Denver Nuggets over the San Antonio Spurs 112-106 on Tuesday night.
Duncan had 31 points -- also a season best -- to go along with 18 rebounds for the Spurs, who closed a 15-point lead to three with 3:38 left before the Nuggets closed it out for their third straight...
SAN ANTONIO -- With Manu Ginobili out hurt and Tim Duncan struggling, the San Antonio Spurs turned to Tony Parker and a tested bench to get them a win. They produced in convincing style. Parker had 22 points and eight assists to lead the Spurs to a 103-88 win over the Boston Celtics Saturday night at the AT&T Center. The 12th-year guard was 8-of-14 from the field and 5...