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Spurs Are Really Knives
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amackey84 From: amackey84 Date: April 26th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The thing that is amazing/maddening about the Spurs is how well they accomplish the little things necessary to win. They are shrewd and calculating. Bowen can shut a person down and get in his head with somewhat unseemly play. Ginobili can flop like he's a member of the Argentinian national soccer team, and Popovich can take away the Suns' rhythm with his hack a Shaq routine that kills the Suns' style. It's not pretty, but the Spurs have proven that you can win championships that way. Moreover, they've proven that the Suns' style can be trumped by mechanical play. It's the only compliment I'll give them (back-handed as it may be) as they repeatedly kick the Suns' collective fan base in the gut.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 26th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Right. But you have to admit, even as a Suns fan, that Tony Parker is doing a great job of proving that he's peeved that all of the Chris Paul-Deron Williams discussion leaves him out. He's playing the best he's ever played. And he, at least, plays kind of pretty.

Myself, I remain a huge fan of Tim Duncan, not from the standpoint of excitement, but because he is so fundamentally sound and hard to rattle. Plus, he's proof that staying in college four years and getting a degree is not necessarily a detriment, but may actually make you a better pro.
amackey84 From: amackey84 Date: April 26th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh I can admit Tony Parker is on fire. The fact that he can't miss during this series proves plenty about his character and ability. The craziest stat I saw was that he was responsible for something like 16 of the Spurs' first 18 points, including his assists. Talk about making your team better. They made the Suns look like a D-league team.

As for Duncan, I can respect your praise of him. The man simply cannot miss within 12 feet of the basket, no matter how he's turned or who has an arm in his back. It's just hard to stomach over and over again each year. I picture his moves as the highlight films they show Suns fans who land in hell. I also give credit to Duncan for staying all four years. Were it not for his degree-seeking ways, the UA would likely have been without the services of Wake Forest transfer Loren Woods.

But here's what drives me nuts about Duncan. In the age of ultra-tight referees who give technical fouls to anybody who so much as looks at them, Duncan continues to get away with his temper tantrums after bad calls. Now I know Amare Stoudemire gives the refs plenty of reasons to get easy technicals, but the vast chasm separating how refs treat Stoudemire as opposed to Duncan is ridiculous. Amare will laugh at a call and get a technical. Duncan will get in a ref's face and be told to calm down. I guess it's one of the perks of being so great, but I can't help see it as favoritism.
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