Playoff Bracket: Four games into the second round and the Spurs are sitting at 3-1. The Thunder and Clippers are now playing a best of three series, and Miami and Indiana are also enjoying a 3-1 advantage in their series' like the Spurs.
Our friend Dave Deckard of Blazer's Edge knows, "This victory, however nice, did not allow them the luxury of thinking in terms of a series again."
Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated notes that the Blazers extended their season with a surge of offense.
Brandon Goldner of Rip City Project thinks the key to the game was containing Tony Parker.
Our buddies at 48 Minutes of Hell have a couple of pieces up. El Conclusion's grades sees Trevor Zickgraf hand out no A, and he's right. Matthew Tynan notes that San Antonio had a historically bad shooting night: Dating back to the 1985-86 season (as far back as Basketball-Reference can take us with these statistics), San Antonio had never combined to shoot worse from the 3-point arc (3-of-18) and free-throw line (11-of-19) on as many attempts as it did Monday.
Louisa Thomas has a feature about the Spurs up on Grantland. You should read it.
Our very own Michael Erler wonders if watching the game with a certain someone causes the basketball gods to smite him in his latest from Stampland.
Also from Pounding the Rock: Jesus Gomez (EDG5) noted in his recap that "Nicolas Batum must simultaneously be one of the most frustrating players to root for and one of the most fun."
Up Next: The Spurs will try to close this thing out on Wednesday night in San Antonio, 8:30 Spurs Time, on TNT.