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Tuesday NBA grades: Spurs get high marks at both ends of the court

May 7, 2014, 2:54 AM EDT

NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs Reuters

Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while trying to decide if you were going to buy Marv Albert’s New York penthouse…

source:  Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs. I think we knew going in Damian Lillard could not cover Parker, but in case Portland coach Terry Stotts wanted confirmation of that he got it — Parker put up 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting plus had 9 assists. He took charge of the game early on led San Antonio to the first round win (that’s two stogy games in a row for Parker and the Sours)

source:  Spurs defense. San Antonio’s defensive strategy was simple and brilliant: Play LaMarcus Aldridge 1-on-1 with Tiago Splitter and live with the results, but make sure nobody else gets clean looks and run them off the three point line. In Game 1 Aldridge had 32 points on 12-25 shooting (with 14 rebounds) but the Trail Blazers shot 4-of-16 from three. Blazers not named Aldridge shot 33 percent. Portland’s starting five shot 6-of-28 in the 17 minutes they were on the court together. The Blazers had an offensive rating of 90.5 (points per 100 possessions). Or, to see how good a job the Spurs did check out the Trail Blazers shot chart.

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source:  LeBron James, Miami Heat. He was rested not rusty. After more than a week off LeBron looked sharp and had 22 points on 15 shots, leading the Heat as they pulled away in the third quarter of what became an easy win. The Nets simply had no answer, no way to stop him and LeBron enjoyed doing what he wanted in leading the charge in the second half. This could be a monster series for him, there’s a lot of pressure on the Nets now to figure out a new plan.

  1. ranfan12 - May 7, 2014 at 3:54 AM

    rip city aint about that life

    • kavika6 - May 7, 2014 at 5:19 AM

      Translation?

      • ranfan12 - May 7, 2014 at 6:25 AM

        i don’t know one to be honest. my broken english needs work

      • reesesteel23 - May 7, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        They’re not ready

    • the1nonlyk - May 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      uh rip city? more like the spurs r ripping them to shreds. go spurs!! eat it barkley u old dude

  2. kb2408 - May 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    As I so eloquently stated before last nights game, the Spurs “ain’t” the Rockets. They’re the most complete, the deepest and the best coached team in the NBA. Portland will make it a series but they are not quite on the Spurs level yet.

  3. flyrocket31 - May 7, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    “two stogy games in a row for Parker and the Sours”

    • rawgator06 - May 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      still not fixed

  4. socalgal64 - May 7, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    It boggles the mind that you get paid to do this.
    that’s two stogy games in a row for Parker and the Sours

    • casualcommenter - May 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      That’s not even the worse typo on PBT today.
      “It’s hard to believe Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had only won 1 Coach of the Year Award before this year. However, that was fixed when he won the award this year, bringing his career total to 3 awards.”

      … 3 – 1 = 2. Pop had won 2 awards before this year. That was in the RC Buford GM of the Year article.

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