May 11, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
Wes Mathews tried to trace him over the top of picks. Robin Lopez and the other Blazers bigs tried to stay back and cut off driving lanes, and when he drove anyway multiple defenders collapsed on him.
None of it worked. Nothing has worked all series.
Tony Parker had 29 points to spark the Spurs win Saturday night, which puts them up 3-0 over the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round. In all three games the Blazers defense has had no answer for Parker.
All too often in the discussion of “best point guard in the game” Parker gets left off, or pushed too far down the discussion. He is reminding us he needs to be right at the top.
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