I hope the Spurs get the Mavs in the first round for a quick sweep.
The first half of this one was close, with the Spurs unable to take care of the ball. That's a common theme lately. This team has a problem taking care of the ball early on in games. They're currently 13th in turnovers at almost 15 a game.
During the third quarter the Spurs held the Mavs shooting in the 30s while they found success on the offensive side of the ball. They scored 30 in the frame and took an eight point lead into the fourth.
The Mavs refused to go away and for a while in the middle of the quarter the two teams pretty much traded buckets, but the Spurs got a couple three balls to the Mavs twos and the lead was up to 10 with five minutes left. It seemed like the good guys were going to tighten up their defense and out execute Dallas down the stretch, but those pesky Mavs hung around and even cut the lead to five with a minute left in the game.
Boris Diaw then put up a three that was well short, but had the wherewithal to follow his shot. He got his own rebound and found Tony, who wisely chewed some clock. With the shot-clock winding down The Wee Frenchman beat Dirk off of the dribble and drove into the lane to finish with one of his patented layups in the paint. He hung in the air and finished with his left to keep Dalembert away from the shot. Tony didn't look rusty at all and he finished with 22 points and seven assists.
Boris forced Dirk to take a terrible attempt, Manu knocked down five free throws, and the team beat Dallas for the eighth straight time.
The good guys had the whole gang back together for the first time since January 2nd. It wasn't the cleanest game, but the Spurs scored 112 points and knocked down their free throws. This team will only get better as they get used to playing whole again.
They may be under the radar at the moment, but this Spurs team is getting dangerous at the right time. This is going to be a fun ride.
Postgame interview with Extraneous G:
On Tony Parker:
He looked good. He really looked fresh, and [it looked like he] didn't lose any rhythm. He played very well, he played a good floor game and he delivered offense at the same time. He did a really good job. I thought he worked really hard, he was focused...he looked fresh.
On having less turnovers in the second half:
It's been our trouble all year long. You get a four point, six point, seven point lead and you get a couple of turnovers and it's a tie game. We're our own worst enemy sometimes, but [in the] second half we only had three turnovers and we only gave up one three pointer. So that was a big difference for us.
On trying to get the top seed:
It doesn't matter. Never has. Just play, and be at your best come playoff time
On the different looks given to Dirk:
Just to give him different looks. He's such a great player and nobody stops him, but it makes me feel better, like I'm trying.
On Boris Diaw tonight:
Boris is just a good basketball player. He makes pretty good decisions, he does things that can look unusual sometimes, but he's a good scorer and I think he hit the board pretty well tonight.
On "shoring" up the rotations:
Well that's one thing; try to get a steady rotation so everybody knows what's going on and minutes and combinations and that sort of thing. Everyone's going to be trying to do that.
On assessing the team:
Exactly what you saw tonight. I mean...