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Video: Gary Neal’s three to save the Spurs season

Apr 28, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

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The San Antonio Spurs are still alive in the playoffs right now, living to fight another day.

Thanks to Gary Neal. A rookie. He did what seemingly countless veteran Spurs have done before him and made the big play — in this case a three to send Game 5 to overtime. Where the Spurs prevailed and made the series 3-2 Memphis.

Memphis defends this play well — San Antonio clearly wants to go to George Hill in the corner, but that is covered. Neal gets the ball and needs to take a dribble to get a decent look.

But all that matters is it fell. And the Spurs are still alive and headed to Memphis for Game 6.

  1. thestudiokida - Apr 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    It’s hard to play that poor of defense in only 1.7 seconds. Congratulations, Grizzlies, you still haven’t and won’t win a playoff series.

  2. r0llinginthedeep - Apr 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    What I love about that is his reaction. He just hit a massive shot, especially seen as the Spurs would’ve been kaput otherwise, and he just gives a little fist pump/shake and walks off to the bench. He realises they’ve still got overtime to play and that the celebrations have to be put on hold, but he would’ve been well within his rights to go mental after such an improbable shot.

    I’m obviously not the first person to say it, but he’s going to make for a really good player. Even though I’m rooting for the Grizzlies in this series (Fun to watch, underdogs), I’m happy that he made that shot.

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