Found May 10, 2014 on isportsweb.com:
PLAYERS: Tony Parker
TEAMS: San Antonio Spurs
After a hard-fought, seven game first round series win over the Dallas Mavericks, fans and critics alike began to write the Spurs off.  The series was looked at by most (including myself) as one of worry, as San Antonio should have easily won in four or five games. What is clear now after two games in what was supposed to be an even tougher series is that Dallas just performed far better than expectations.  Sure, San Antonio didn’t look quite like themselves for the first few games, but the one-trick pony of Dallas really surprised the world with their sudden inclusion of defense into their system.   Utilizing the Past The tough first round full of adverse conditions and intense atmospheres, though scary at times, ended up being a Godsend for San Antonio.  Riding high after a game 7 blowout, the Spurs had the mindset and confidence necessary to take on their next opponent.  Enter Portland. Portland waltzed into the next round on a high as well.  After utilizing Damian Lillard’s icy cold veins to successfully oust the Houston Rockets, Rip City’s faithful welcomed in the Spurs with open arms due to their regular season success.  Analysts by the plenty picked the Blazers to upset, saying the Spurs just didn’t show enough the first round and couldn’t handle this young, high-flying team. Oh, how wrong they were. After two games, San Antonio has taken complete control of the series, never showing even the smallest weakness.  San Antonio has won these two games by an average of 20.5 points, an unheard of amount for consecutive, second round victories. Check out the Game 2 highlights So how are they doing it? What’s the difference in this series that Portland just wasn’t prepared for? Let’s let Damian Lillard explain. Lillard’s Laments In an interview with CSNNW.com, Lillard said, “Their screens hurt. They actually set real screens. They do a great job of setting and holding screens. It wears you down. Chasing Tony Parker is one thing. Getting hit every single time is another thing. It takes a toll on you.” If that’s not the words of a completely dejected point guard, then I don’t know what is. The Spurs just wear teams down. It’s that simple.  They’re big, they’re aggressive, they’re physical, and they make sure you know that they’re there. Tony Parker is a master of weaving in and out of the defense, using his teammates as brick walls and slammed doors on his unsuspecting defender at will.  With second-year guard in Damian Lillard in sole charge of guarding Parker, Portland is virtually giving San Antonio a free pass to do whatever they want offensively. Bench Barrage If the Spurs can score at will, then all they have to do is defend to come out victorious.  It’s tough to stop the Portland machine when it’s running, but by only allowing little spurts of life, San Antonio has kept the Portland starters at bay, then attacked off the bench. All Portland has is their starting five.  If a washed up, balding Mo Williams is your best option off the bench, then you know that you have a huge problem.  The onslaught of shooters that San Antonio sends out for backup have come alive in the series, growing leads and forcing Portland’s starters into longer, tiring stretches of play. The Spurs have Portland figured out, plain and simple.  Playing in the Moda Center in front of a raucous crowd will be a new beast to tackle, but unless Terry Stotts comes up with some ingenious way of slowing them down, the Spurs train will continue to roll. Visit the isportsweb NBA page for more playoff coverage   The post Why the San Antonio Spurs are man-handling the Portland Trail Blazers appeared first on isportsweb.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Do the Spurs have the best bench in NBA?

While Tony Parker was named the player of the game last night with his 16 points and ten assists, it was the San Antonio bench that laid the wood to Portland by scoring 51 points as the Spurs made it look easy with a 111-97 win over the Blazers. The Spurs should offer up a big thank you to Dallas for he wake up call because the way they've played in these first two games, no...

NBA Playoffs: San Antonio Spurs Are the Class of the West, Again

Rinse, wash, repeat. It seems like the San Antonio Spurs have been the class of the Western Conference throughout  my entire adult years. And that’s a rather long time. The constant for this franchise has been Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Gregg Popovich. Teaming up with other moving parts, the Spurs are once again on the brink of showing everyone in the Western Conference...

Spurs too much for Blazers

The end is near for Portland. There is no other way around it to say this. The sweep seems to be on and the Blazers just are not in the same league as the Spurs. San Antonio opened up a big lead once again with 60 points in the first half yet again. Portland’s bad starts have dug it a hole that the team cannot burrow itself out of. Tony Parker scored 29 points, knifing in and out...

Spurs pushes Portland to the brink with another dominant victory

Summing it up It was like Groundhog Day at the Moda Center on Saturday. Duplicating the storyline from Games 1 and 2, the Spurs raced out of a huge first-half lead (20 points), endured a sluggish third quarter (Blazers climbed within seven) and then won going away (took largest lead at 23 in fourth). The only major difference was the final score, 118-103, giving the Spurs a historically...

Spurs dominate Blazers again for 2-0 series lead

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, Tony Parker had 16 points and 10 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 114-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Manu Ginobili added 16 points, Marco Belinelli scored 13, and Tiago Splitter had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Spurs' second...

AT&T Center named top stadium experience in NBA

San Antonio’s AT&T Center was named the top NBA stadium experience for the second straight year, according to Stadium Journey Magazine. Like the team that occupies the building, Paul Swaney of Stadium Journey lauds the stadium for its simplicity and no-frills experience. You go to a Spurs game to watch basketball. And some pretty good basketball you will be watching. For the...

Spurs wax Portland again to take commanding 2-0 series lead

Summing it up Unlike Game 1, Portland showed some fight after getting hit with another early upper cut Thursday at the AT&T Center. But in the end, it didn’t matter as the Spurs used a strong finishing run to polish off another dominant victory, 114-97, and take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Seven Spurs scored in double-figures, and nine had at least seven...

NBA Playoffs: Spurs Pummel Blazers Yet Again to Take 3-0 lead

If the Portland Trail Blazers were to have any shot in this series, they had to win this game. They didn’t even come close. The Blazers dropped Game 3 to the San Antonio Spurs 118-103 and will now face an impossibly steep uphill climb if they wish to keep their championship dreams alive. Portland had hoped that heading home to the Rose Garden would help to spark the fire the team...

Tracy McGrady to make pitching debut Saturday

It’s pretty safe to say that the crowd gathered outside Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas Saturday night won’t be for the crawfish boil and Mardi Gras bead giveaway…it’ll be for the guy on the mound. That’s right, former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady is set to make his debut for the Sugarland Skeeters when they square off against the Somerset Patriots. According to...

Game 3: San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers start time, betting odds and tv info

Game 3 of the second round series between the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers will take place Saturday evening. Entering this contest the Spurs hold a 2-0 series lead and they have their eyes set on making short work of the Trail Blazers in this series after being pushed to the limit in round one against Dallas. Coverage of Game 3 between the San Antonio Spurs and Portland...

3 Games, 33 Seconds, Adn No Answers

The Other 8,607 Seconds, Not GoodIn the title, you see the number of games that Portland has played the Spurs in their playoff series. In the latter, you see the amount of time that they've been in the lead.Honestly, that might be the only thing that anyone needs to know about this series so far.The thing about San Antonio is that when they get on a roll, they just look inevitable...

Recapping Sunday's Action in the NBA Playoffs - Nets defeat the Heat & The Spurs dominate Blazers

The Nets deafeat the Heat at home & the Spurs aim to sweep the Trailblazers.
Spurs News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.