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The 2009 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic start tonight. If there is any correlation between the outcome of the series and how often each team dunks, the Magic should feel pretty good about their chances of winning. Matthew Futterman writes in today’s Wall Street Journal (“The Return of ‘Chocolate Thunder’”): During the past five seasons, Dwight Howard has amassed 1,062 dunks, 248 more than his…

In just minutes, the Denver Nuggets tip-off against the Los Angeles Lakers in this year’s Western Conference Finals. Were it not for an unfortunate twist of fate, the Spurs would likely be facing the Lakers right now. I look at the Nuggets-Lakers series and imagine what might have been, had Manu not re-injured his ankle last month, and going back further, had he not played in the 2008 Olympics. With…

And thus the season ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper. Giving little resistance to inevitability, fatigue, and the Mavs, we quietly walked away from the playoff stage. There’s little need to give analysis of last night’s game. The writing was on the wall; we all knew we were outmanned and outplayed this series. Credit the Mavs. They are playing brilliantly right now, and are coalescing in a…

Buck Harvey has an excellent article in today’s Express News about Bruce Bowen, and the sobering realization that today may be Bruce’s last game as a Spur. Many argue that Bruce is just a step below Manu, Tim, and Tony in relevance to our last 3 championships. I might argue he belongs in the conversation as the 4th musketeer. Bowen took on the dirty work night in and night out…

That about sums it up. Not much more to say about yesterday’s game, but let’s try regardless. Pop made one major adjustment, starting Bowen in Place of Mason, Jr., hoping to have a defensive answer for Barea. I was actually in favor of this move and was happy with the results. Bowen has proven himself time and again in the playoffs, and if we’re going to go down, let’s go…

There’s really not much you can say after a loss like that. Pop pulled his starters midway through the third and ceded victory. Pop gets a lot of criticism for giving up on games too early, but it was pretty obvious last night that we didn’t have it, and Dallas did. With the quick turnaround before Game 4, it was the prudent choice. But I also think that he was…

I said that this game was a referendum on our team and our season as a whole, and we responded in resounding fashion. Tony Parker continued his ascent to rarefied air. He has been unbelievable this season. His play should give all of us hope that as Duncan and Ginobili slowly decline in advancing years, we can still compete for a championship by relying on Parker to be our main…

The statline read 38 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists in 33 minutes of game play. What it didn’t say, but seemed perfectly clear last night, is that the 2008-2009 San Antonio Spurs are Tony Parker’s team. Forget all those cliches about winning as a team. Yes, there are five players on the court and 13 on the roster. But just as certain as we are that the Cavaliers are…

And he said some things that are perplexing. If I considered myself the second best center in the league, perhaps I would call my shots a little differently. I’d say: “Next time Parker comes into the lane I’m swatting his shiznit to the border. That ball will be all up in the drug wars.” But no, Dampier threatens dirty play. * * * * * * *Game 2 was a…

What a dispiriting loss. After roaring out to an early 13 point lead, we slowly let it slip away over the 2nd and 3rd quarters, before finally folding and getting run off the court in the 4th. We didn’t play particularly poorly, either, which is the scariest part of the loss. What adjustments can we make? Let’s dive in to the keys I looked at in my last post and…