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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…

Game 3 recap! A full day before Game 4! I get to shower now! Yippee!

Has Pop figured out how his team of veterans can beat the younger, more energetic New Orleans Hornets? If so, let’s hope that what happened last night can be replicated three more times, and that Byron Scott and his team are unable to adjust. 1. Matthew Powell at PtR gives credit to Bruce Bown for shutting down Peja Stojakovic. After averaging 23.5 points in the first two games, Peja was…

So far the Conference Semifinals against the Hornets have gone much like the Conference Quarterfinals against the Suns went. When the Big Three have produced, the Spurs have won. And when they haven’t… Duncan had a career playoff worst performance with just 5 points and 3 rebounds in game one, while Parker and Ginobili combined for just 24 points in game two, getting nearly as many turnovers (8) as assists…