Fun fact: of the hundreds of Spurs' games I've seen over the years, I've been by my lonesome cheering for the guys in silver and black every single time. It seems only fitting that I, having never been to San Antonio, would have my first experience watching a game with another Spur fan on the other side of the world, in London.
A few months ago, BrunoPassos edited a few of my articles, which eventually led to a rather long email conversation. Before I knew it, we were talking about what we were doing in life, where we were from, and where we lived. I moved to London this year to study in the UK, and it just so happens that Bruno moved here for a job a few months later. The conversation stopped for awhile, but come playoff time, we were talking about meeting up for a game.
Bruno and I watched the Spurs defeat Dallas yesterday in entertaining fashion, and every moment was a revelation for me. For the first time in my life, I wasn't the only one screaming at the TV, begging for foul calls, and complaining about other ones.
The Spurs didn't just beat the Mavs, they demolished them, and there is only one logical explanation as to why this occurred; Pounders on their own bring good luck to the Spurs, but when they are united, they make the Spurs an unstoppable force, a juggernaut capable of squashing the hopes and dreams of any and all Mark Cubans in the world. If you don't believe the power of the United Pounder (UP), check out these numbers:
- Spurs' 2014 playoff win % without UP: 50%.
- Spurs' 2014 playoff win % with UP: 100%. 100% - 50% = 50%, therefore UP adds a .500-record team (i.e. the Timberwolves) to the Spurs on the court. Pop could only sneak one guy onto the court in Game 6, while UP effectively add a roster of 15.
- Dallas' 2014 playoff FG% without UP: 46%.
- Dallas' 2014 playoff FG% with UP: 41%. UP is the equivalent of flashing pictures of Pierre the Pelican before any Mav takes a shot.
- Matt Bonner's 2014 playoff ± without UP: +34,820,394.
- Matt Bonner's 2014 playoff ± with UP: -8. Damn. Maybe it's not as good as I thought?
- Number of times in the 2014 playoffs Monta had it all without UP: 6.
- Number of times in the 2014 playoffs Monta had it all with UP: 0. Never mind; it's really good.
This is clear, irrefutable proof that we at PtR can do something magical when we stick together. Just make sure you don't tell Adam Silver.