Spurs Related

NBA Team Blogs

General NBA

NBA Stats

Sponsors - Tickets

ABC tickets has premium Spurs basketball tickets and tickets to other teams like the Sixers, Orlando Magic tickets, Dallas Mavericks tickets and NBA Allstar game tickets.

21 June 2005

Shit Fuck Bollocks

I cannot believe Billups missed 10 shots. That's what the box score shows. He and Rip seemed to hit everything. Open shots, tough shots, 3s and 2s. DET got off 17 3PA, many of them wide open. A very shocking development, outdone only by the fact they made 8 of their 17 attempts. The Pistons deserve a lot of credit for getting past the memory of game 5 and playing another near flawless game. 47% from the field, 47% from 3 and only 5 turnovers.

Duncan had 21 and 15 on only 14 FGA. He missed 5 more free throws including some in the fourth. SA ran a lot of pick and rolls with him; he didn't see the ball in the post as much as in game 5.

Manu was more assertive tonight but again didn't shoot well. He missed 6 threes, many of them good looks. He did pull down 10 rebounds, more than any single Piston.

Parker was Parker. 15 points on 15 FGA. 5 assists and 4 turnovers. You can pretty much pencil him in for that in game 7.

The Spurs were comically bad in the final 2.5 minutes. Manu had two bad turnovers and one even worse 3P attempt. At one point Parker airballed a wide open 3. Duncan got the rebound in traffic and missed a layup. Got the rebound and missed another layup. Stunning. Just stunning. I'm not sure if I am being sarcastic here. You tell me.

Matty and I had a long talk after the game. We're breaking up. No, seriously, he had a very good point which I shall summarize and extrapolate on below:

Close your eyes. Block out everything but your visions of game 7. Ignore me unzipping your fly. No, seriously, imagine Detroit with the ball. What do you see? Block out Al Michael's verbal fellation of Larry Brown. What's happening on the floor? You probably see Rip running off a bunch of screens. Or you see Rasheed and Chauncey playing pick and roll. Parker cannot fight over the pick so Duncan switches...

That's what Detroit will mainly do. You know it. I know it. Everyone knows it. Billups in killing the Spurs more than any single Piston. Over the last four games (where the Spurs are 0-3 and Horry is 1-0) he's scored 92 points on only 68 FGA. He's getting pretty much any shot he wants.

And the Spurs aren't doing one motherfucking thing about it. It's driving the Mattys crazy folks.

Bowen needs to be on him from the get go and he needs to be occasionally double teamed on the pick and rolls. FORCE DETROIT OUT OF THERE COMFORT ZONE ON OFFENSE. Make someone else beat you. Will Rip have a better game with Parker on him? Probably. But isn't Bowen primarily a one on one defender? And don't most of Rip's points come off screens? How much worse can Parker be in fighting through screens? Also, think about Hamilton's top side; what's the most points he could possibly put on Parker/Ginobili/Barry? Probably about 30 points, but it will take him 25 shots to do it (he has 74 points on 73 FGA his last four games). He doesn't hit many 3s and he doesn't draw a lot of fouls. HE IS NO WHERE NEAR AS DANGEROUS AS CHAUNCEY BILLUPS. Nobody on Detroit is. Billups is their best 3P shooter, their best penetrator, their best free throw shooter and probably their best finisher.

Bruce Bowen is the Spurs silver bullet. You cannot leave him in the chamber.

*****

Speaking of, Bruce slapped Rip's mask off his face well after the whistle was blown. That's pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. Don't give me this bullshit about "Rip shouldn't talk trash because the kids see that" and then go slap somebody in the face when he's had his nose broken 3 times. Chicken shit nancy boy crap. And I'm a nancy boy, so I should know.

*****

Well folks, I'm done. I have nothing more to say. There will be no game 7 seven preview. In fact, don't expect any writing from me until sometime this weekend, no matter the outcome.

San Antonio Spurs Blog is not affiliated with the Spurs organization or any major publication.
All content copyright Matthew Powell 2005.