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Second Round Game 6 Vs. New Orleans: Spurs 99, Hornets 80 (3-3) The frustrating, thrilling, maddening thing about sports is how, in an instant, one play changes everything that happened before and everything that will happen next. One unexpected, unpredictable, unscripted moment and suddenly all the storylines and perceptions differ and all your opinions and ideas have to be rethought, reconsidered. One play, an innocent enough looking offensive foul ordinarily,…

Did you see the headline on Yahoo! Sports, “Cheap shot, Bob?” Despite the character defamation implied in the headline, Adrian Wojnarowski has a mostly even-handed take on what happened last night: Byron Scott… considered the possibility that Robert Horry had turned into Cheap Shot Bob again. The old man of these San Antonio Spurs had delivered a dubious blow to the bad back of the Hornets’ David West, and the…

For the record, I believe that the Spurs will win tonight. I agree with Michael that the Spurs are “too good to lose to these guys in six.” As for a game seven in New Orleans, I’m not so sure… I’d rather that the Spurs not be in this position, but it is what it is. Here are 10 reasons to believe that the Spurs will win tonight: #10. The…

Game 5 recap, Game 6 preview…

We’ve heard Pop use the phrase “appropriate fear” before. Its about respecting your opponent and appreciating that, on any given day, their strengths and your weaknesses can conspire and lead to your team’s defeat. Appropriate fear is what Tim Duncan and Chris Paul speak about in the latest NBA split screen commercial. Last night I didn’t see an appropriately fearful Spurs team. Maybe it was because they played so well…

Second Round Game 4 vs. New Orleans: Spurs 100, Hornets 80 (2-2) Well, that was alarmingly easy. I guess my reverse jinx on Chris Paul worked out, huh? Actually Paul wasn’t too bad, as a scorer. He was 10-16 from the field, after all and had a game high 23 points. The problem was his teammates; his fellow four starters combined for one less bucket than he had by himself….

More accolades for our San Antonio Spurs. Let’s see if Bowen and Duncan can come through with big defensive efforts tonight in New Orleans. Otherwise, this recognition doesn’t amount to much. “I’m real happy for Timmy and Bruce,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before boarding the Spurs’ charter jet to New Orleans. “They worked hard, as all the other players on the list did, I’m sure. But to have two…

I was ready to do my own research into how teams without homecourt advantage have fared historically after coming back to tie a best-of-seven series 2-2, but John Hollinger beat me to it. (“Spurs have momentum on their side, but little else.”) If stats impress you, you may not want to read any further. Personally, I think this is interesting, but not entirely relevant to what has happened in this…

We all know who the real 2008 MVP is, but its of interest to Spurs fans that two of our favorite players received votes this year. Tim Duncan got two fourth place votes and 19 fifth place votes while Manu Ginobili received nine fifth place votes. I know of at least one columnist who voted for Manu and here’s why: Ginobili’s particularly unique impact this season defied any conceivable statistical…

Those aren’t my words, but the words of Peter Finney, New Orleans sports columnist, writing in last Monday’s Times-Picayune. The Hornets will lose this best-of-seven-game series to the defending NBA champions, despite winning the opener by 19 points. Personally, I’m not so sure, but I do believe the Spurs will win tonight. The Spurs are favored by six again. And so far in these Conference Semifinals, the home team has…