Tony Parker? Tony Parker.
For the first three quarters of tonight's pivotal Game Three, the Spurs were playing the perfect veteran road playoff game. Their best player, Tony Parker, was dominating. They answered every run with poise and a make. They took fouls rather than give up plays that would get the wild Oakland crowd back into it. They took care of the ball, and made their free throws. It was a clinic. They led by 10.
And then the fourth quarter started, and stuff changed. Tiago Splitter turned the ball over a couple of times. Manu Ginobili made an unforced error. Klay Thompson drained a corner three. Andrew Bogut stuffed Tim Duncan, leading to an old-school three attempt for the tie from Draymon Green. And in 114 seconds, the first 36 minutes was eliminated. The roof was coming off the place; the plane was on the runway. Clearly, the Dubs were about to take flight.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called time and scowled, and Lo, That Man Can Scowl. Green missed the free throw, ...