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SAS IN 4 6 20.69%
SAS IN 5 6 20.69%
SAS IN 6 10 34.48%
SAS IN 7 2 6.90%
OKC IN 4 1 3.45%
OKC IN 5 0 0%
OKC IN 6 2 6.90%
OKC IN 7 2 6.90%
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:13 AM   #381 (permalink)
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I'm impressed with Leonard. kid has a chance to be special. Doesn't seem fazed by anything.

Was one of my favorite prospects in the draft last year. His game at SDSU was fun to watch. He is in the perfect system with the SAS. Heck, almost anybody would be in the perfect system if they were on the Spurs team.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:15 AM   #382 (permalink)
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Was one of my favorite prospects in the draft last year. His game at SDSU was fun to watch. He is in the perfect system with the SAS. Heck, almost anybody would be in the perfect system if they were on the Spurs team.
Yep. I remember being intrigued by Leonard as well. I wonder if he would have been this solid as a Raptor.
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Was Brooks trusting Harden more than Westbrook to make the entry pass? Thinking about it, what really made those plays work so perfectly was getting Parker to switch off Westbrook on the screen. If Harden's guy switches, then KD gets challenged a lot more. It was brilliant all the way around with Harden being that much more able to see over anything to make that pass.

It'll be interesting to see what happens with Parker back at home where he seldom has a drop off like he can on the road like this. But if his legs are wearing down to the extent they did last year, then there could be real trouble on both ends.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:18 AM   #384 (permalink)
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9/22, 25 pts combined and only 5 FTAs combined....

That = "slowed down" to me. Or call it "contained" if you like.
Manu played great. Parker had a real big drop-off. They exploited his weaknesses on the defensive end and disrupted him offensively.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:49 AM   #385 (permalink)
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San Antonio didn't embrace the atmosphere or the challenge in OKC, and that's disappointing.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:52 AM   #386 (permalink)
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Ibaka 11-11. That must be some sort of record or something. Durant scoring 16 points in a row in the 4th was crazy to. He was hitting everything.
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:25 AM   #388 (permalink)
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Ibaka 11-11. That must be some sort of record or something. Durant scoring 16 points in a row in the 4th was crazy to. He was hitting everything.
dude's gotta make shots, but the Spurs definitely weren't making it as hard for him as they were in SA. With Leonard and Jackson on that squad, Durant should have to work his ass off for open looks and that wasn't happening. he was getting clean looks at the basket for the whole quarter.
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:32 AM   #389 (permalink)
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Ibaka 11-11. That must be some sort of record or something. Durant scoring 16 points in a row in the 4th was crazy to. He was hitting everything.
During the broadcast, they said that the playoff record was 12-12 by some dude a LONG time ago... Close, but no record.
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:22 AM   #391 (permalink)
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I think the Spurs will win the next two. They've found Dejuan Blair to be an effective player, and he will see more time.
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I say Spurs in 7. OKC at home is just too good.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:55 PM   #393 (permalink)
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dude's gotta make shots, but the Spurs definitely weren't making it as hard for him as they were in SA. With Leonard and Jackson on that squad, Durant should have to work his ass off for open looks and that wasn't happening. he was getting clean looks at the basket for the whole quarter.
That was almost entirely thanks to Parker switching off of Westbrook. Shooting over Parker was as good as being left wide open.

OKC realized they were not playing LA anymore and that they were not going to be able to create off the dribble. SA's defense is too good for that. But it's still a much more vulnerable defense than they once deployed. Both these teams tend to look to win with their offense. Whichever one finds the best answers and effort defensively has the edge.
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That was almost entirely thanks to Parker switching off of Westbrook. Shooting over Parker was as good as being left wide open.

OKC realized they were not playing LA anymore and that they were not going to be able to create off the dribble. SA's defense is too good for that. But it's still a much more vulnerable defense than they once deployed. Both these teams tend to look to win with their offense. Whichever one finds the best answers and effort defensively has the edge.
OKC ran the same play over and over in the 4th, but Parker wasnt on KD as much as people remember.

TP was on him twice on scores. Once at the start of the corner where KD found Harden open at the angle for 3, and then 1 where Pop sent Leonard to double but KD went straight through the double and hit the floater.

Leonard was on him twice at the beginning of the quarter, and played both shots as best as he could, but KD hit a pullup over him, and then a catch and shoot from the FT line.

KD had one transition basket off a pass from Ibaka, where he went around 2 guys at the 3 point line and then Parker backpeddled and fouled KD for an and 1.

Ginobili then switched on him, and KD went right around him much like the TP postup, and hit the floater.

And then Jackson switched on him, overplayed him on the 1st play resulting in a backdoor alley oop, a downscreen in to a catch and shoot wide open from 17, and then a straight ISO at the top where SAS ran another guy at KD and he found Harden at the angle again for the dagger 3.


The problem the Spurs have, as seen, is there really is no answer for that play unless KD is missing his shots. It's basically impossible to double a player like KD or Dirk at 18 feet out in between the free throw line and top of the key area. If you double, they'll get a wide open corner, or angle 3, and if you dont KD has a big mismatch where he can get to the rim or shoot his fadeaway. It's just too bad OKC didnt go in to the Dallas Mavericks playbook earlier in the series or this may have been 3-1.

Well, there is one way to defend it, just leave Westbrook wide open and hope he misses. If I'm TP, I'd trashtalk him in game 5 and hope Westbrook goes in to 24 shots mode and overdribbles and pulls up for bad shots every possession in game 5.
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By the time SA made adjustments OKC was rolling downhill, and SA continued to look a little unsure of what they were doing. They were probably as worried about the ability to pass out for the 3 as you mentioned Thriller. They are going to have to try to take away Durant's comfort level and let someone else beat them, instead of letting him get on a roll and then looking at half-hearted attempts to stop him.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:20 AM   #396 (permalink)
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Def. a weird kind of trade. Perkins brings the defence(not sure how good Green is on that end) for sure, and the toughness. But it would be interesting to see where the Thunder would be with Green. A guy who is much more offensively involved then Perkins.

5 offensive threats on OKC, 3 being over 6'9?? That's just nasty.
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Green was holding OKC back, because Harden wasnt getting nearly as many minutes and touches as he needed with Green, and their defence wasnt anywhere near as good as it is now because Green is a tweener. It was a great trade for them.

And Green is alright at everything, and good at nothing. He isnt a starting caliber player.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:40 PM   #398 (permalink)
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Green was holding OKC back, because Harden wasnt getting nearly as many minutes and touches as he needed with Green, and their defence wasnt anywhere near as good as it is now because Green is a tweener. It was a great trade for them.

And Green is alright at everything, and good at nothing. He isnt a starting caliber player.
Disagree. When he's healthy his game reminds me a bit of Odom's (before he fell off a cliff). I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him have a good bounce-back season next year with the C's.

I will agree though that it was a good trade for OKC because it addressed some needs for them.
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Should be an intense game. I can see this one coming down to the last possession.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:29 PM   #400 (permalink)
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C'mon Spurs, handle dis bizness!

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