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Sunday's victory versus the Utah Jazz was just what the San Antonio Spurs needed to get the playoffs rolling. They won by 15, but it wasn't a perfect game.
The one stat which stands out is the 58-44 points in the paint advantage for the Spurs. Much of that is thanks to some stellar play from Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Manu played a great game despite a non-eye popping box score. Outside of Stephen Jackson no other role player had an outstanding game, but no one played terribly. Overall the Spurs probably walked away from this game happy about the win, happy with their play while knowing they can play better and if they play worse this Jazz team is resilient to become a problem.
Before the series started, a lot of people thought the Jazz trio of post players, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors, would give the Spurs fits, particularly if they all played together. We finally got to see that line up in the third quarter and it took the Spurs a grand total of three trips down the court to figure it out. Lots of ball movement and a lot of Tim Duncan isolation plays. Basically the Spurs, as they typically do, had four shooters on the court with Duncan and they shifted to allow him plenty of space to go at Al Jefferson one on one. Because Duncan is such a willing passer, Favors and Millsap had to honor the shooters and couldn't provide help until Timmy was dunking on someone's head.
On the defensive side, the Spurs didn't run in to too many problems from the super sized line up because of their messy floor spacing. Before you get too excited that this is going to repeat itself all series, just know the Jazz have two days to figure out how to make the line up work.
This next part is probably the most encouraging part of Sunday's game. Despite the size disparity the Spurs were facing, they were only outrebounded by six. That's pretty good especially when you consider their second best rebounder didn't play the second half thanks to a sprained wrist. The Spurs had an average shooting night, so let's assume they're going to have both better and worse shooting nights than game one. The bad nights will be nullified if they can keep the rebounding battle close (something that may be tough if Tiago Splitter isn't playing by the time the series shifts to Utah).
The keys remain the same. Be aggressive on the glass and on defense, get in to paint on offense and keep the ball moving. If the Spurs do all of this, they'll be able to relax and watch the Clippers and Grizzlies for a couple games before round two starts.
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After leaving Swiss team Lugano Tigers due to personal reasons, San Antonio Spurs' draftee Ryan Richards has signed with Sokhumi Tbilisi in Georgia and has been working on his game before signing with Sokhumi.
“I’m really excited, already practiced with the team it’s a great group of guys. I’m happy to be here, and looking forward to this new experience.”
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker scored 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their first playoff opener in four years, beating the Utah Jazz 106-91 in Game 1 of their first-round series Sunday.
Tim Duncan added 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Spurs dodge another early playoff letdown. Despite boasting the No. 1 seed again, San Antonio hadn't won a Game 1 in its last...
Ever wondered what it'd be like to watch San Antonio Spurs' guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili square off against one another? Come late July you won't have to.
The group's for the 2012 Summer Olympics were revealed and the United States, France and Argentina were all put in Group A. Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and crew versus Manu Ginobili, Fabricio Oberto and...
“He’s the reason we’ve been successful thus far this season. He continued that tonight. He’s had a wonderful year. He’s been very focused and did another good job, as you saw,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after his all-star guard Tony Parker zipped through the Utah Jazz defense on his way to 28 points.
Parker continued his regular season dominance in Game 1 of the...
The San Antonio Spurs (1-0) beat the Utah Jazz (0-1) 106-91 to take a one-game lead in their opening round series.
After the game, Spurs' Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich, Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw, Manu Ginobili, and Matt Bonner talk about the win, the play of Parker and much more.
Parker states last year's loss to the Grizzlies is motivating him versus Utah and more.
Yesterday, the San Antonio Spurs won game one of their playoff series against the Utah Jazz but the Spurs did have one memorable blunder.Check out Manu Ginobli who appears to have a wide-open dunk in the second quarter until the ball hits the back rim and clangs out:
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker led a balanced attack with 28 points as top-seeded San Antonio cruised past Utah 106-91 Sunday at the AT&T Center in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Eleven players scored for the Spurs, who have won 11 consecutive games and 25 of their last 28 dating back to mid-March. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is 7 p.m. EST on Wednesday...
It’s playoff time at the AT&T Center as you can hear cheers and screams from up above the arena. Fans are decorated in silver and black, as the San Antonio Spurs (50-16) will be squaring off against the Utah Jazz (36-30) for a noon tip-off game. Both teams will be making some changes to their starting lineups, as the Jazz add some experience, while the Spurs add one more Frenchmen...
As the San Antonio Spurs (50-16) and Utah Jazz prepare to square off in game one of their NBA Playoff series, both teams will have to come into the game with the understanding that one of their winning streaks will be snapped on Sunday afternoon. The Spurs come in as the hottest team in the NBA as they closed the season with a 10-game win streak, the third double-digit win streak...
Spurs vs. Jazz
Season Series: Spurs (3-1)
(Spurs) Championships: 4 Last Championship: 2007 Last Season: Lost in Western Conference first round
Scoring: Tony Parker (18.3), Assists: Tony Parker (7.7). Rebounds: Tim Duncan (9)
(Jazz) Championships: 0 Last Championship: Never won title Last Season: Did not qualify
Scoring: Al Jefferson (19.2), Assists: Devin Harris(5) Rebounds...
Utah Jazz open playoff run against San Antonio Spurs.
The San Antonio Spurs spent the lockout-shortened regular season resisting the inevitable comparisons to the one in 1999, when they won their first of four championships.
But now that it's over?
''I guess if you look back and compare, yeah, it's a lot like that,'' Spurs forward Tim Duncan said Saturday. ''We hope it ends like that, too.''...
SAN ANTONIO – Of the teams that did not secure home court advantage, the Utah Jazz were by a long mile the team that were supposed to be whipping boys.
Instead, teams such as the Nuggets and the Knicks assumed that role as the Jazz kept it respectable in their loss to the Spurs.
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