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Tony Parker shreds Blazers to put Spurs up 3-0 (VIDEO)

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.

  1. bballhistorian - May 11, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Spurs should be happy they are playing the Blazers, instead of the Rockets. The Rockets wouldve given them a long series, due to 2 star players in Harden and Howard…who have have success in the past against the Spurs. Unfortunately, they couldnt get past Portland who were evenly matched with the Rockets (due to poor coaching adjustments, LAldridge, Harden’s play & a buzzer beater).

    This series will be a sweep.

    • savvybynature - May 11, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Spurs would have smoked Houston.
      Duncan has always owned Howard, including sweeping his team in the playoffs just last season, and we all saw what happens when Harden is asked to carry his team in the playoffs. Total choke job.

      • the1nonlyk - May 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        i agree with savvy

  2. pukpokito - May 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    They are a perfect team playing the game perfectly.The Problem is I could not find it anywhere within me to like them.I want someone else in the west to make it to the finals instead.Thunder,Blazers, Clippers.The Spurs just doesn’t interest me.That’s sad and yes unfair.

    • borderline1988 - May 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      The NBA is all about matchups. The Spurs look incredible against Portland but not against Dallas. And don’t forget OKC. They have San Antonio’s number.

      There are no perfect teams, although when San Antonio is on a roll, they look as close to perfect as any team does. But that’s all just how it looks. Miami rarely looks perfect and rarely blows teams out (even bad ones) whereas SAS just rolls over weaker teams like they’re playing little leaguers. But yet, Miami has won the last 2 championships

      • the1nonlyk - May 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        spurs vs heat rematch coming believe it. if the spurs keep playing like they r no one has their number

      • redbaronx - May 11, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        @borderline – I wouldn’t use the regular season as a barometer As far as I’m concerned, Scott can’t match Pop coaching and in a 7 game playoff series, Spurs would win.

      • borderline1988 - May 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        The entire series isn’t just about Scott Brooks vs Pop. And I’m not using the regular season as a barometer, I’m using the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and OKC Thunder, all of whom were able to beat SA or come really close to beating SAS in the playoffs over the last 3 years. I cannot think of any team that has more playoff series sweeps over the last 6 years than SAS, yet they haven’t won a single championship over that period. SAS either blows teams out of the water, or has real trouble dealing with them.
        This is as opposed to Miami, who has won 11 out of their last 12 playoff series, but most of them were competitive and lacked the 20 point blowouts that SAS inflicts on its opponents regularily.

        All I’m saying is that SAS can go 2 or 3 rounds just destroying other teams, but then will screech to a halt against an unfavourable matchup.
        Matchups in the NBA really matter. SAS looks insanely good right now (they’ve blown out a 50 win team 3 times straight) but I think they’ll have trouble against OKC. They have no one to guard Westbrook and while Duncan and Splitter are fantastic post defenders, I don’t think they’re quick enough to help against Westbrook.

    • the1nonlyk - May 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      i guess u dont like to watch real team basketball and not just see overhyped players and overinflated egos how sad for u

  3. sportsfan18 - May 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Top point guards…

    1 CP3 (and I don’t like him or the Clippers but gotta be real)

    2 Tony Parker

    Chris Paul has the 6th HIGHEST PER of all time… One may not climb that high after 9 seasons in the league and have it be a fluke.

    One great season cannot elevate one to having the 6th highest PER ever after 9 full seasons in the league.

    Tony Parker has the 91st highest PER of all time.

    There is A LOT of distance between Tony and Chris in this statistic. Many times stats are close, one is better in one stat and another better in another, but this really isn’t close.

    Wilt Chamberlain has the 5th highest PER of all time and then there is Chris Paul in 6th.

    6th place all time in PER is RARE air…

    Tony is a great point guard but his teammate The Big Fundamental, Tim Duncan is the one who is great.

    Timmy now has the 12th highest PER of all time (he just slipped below Kareem Abdul Jabbar this season due to slowing down since he’s older now).

    So Chris Paul is 6th while Kareem is 11th and Tim Duncan is 12th…

    No, Tony isn’t better than Chris Paul… even though I root for the Spurs (am a Bulls fan but root for the Spurs in the west and against the Heat last year etc…).

    • savvybynature - May 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      Career PER seems like a particularly poor and arbitrary way to judge who is the best PG in the game right now though don’t you think?
      It took Parker years of improvement to become an all-star level player, whereas Paul started off that way. That’s a good argument for who has had the better career, but doesn’t really affect who is better right now. I’d say the two are pretty much neck-and-neck right now w two different styles of game. Paul is more of a distributor, Parker more of a scorer (though both can do both very well).

      • redbaronx - May 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        @savvy – Sportsfan argument isn’t a good one even in career perspective. TP plays for Pop. TP numbers would probably be much better if he played for a guy like Mike D’Antoni. But would he have 4 rings?

        Stats are misleading without context. I’d take TP over CP3. Beyond the stats, Tony is a great defender too.

    • the1nonlyk - May 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      im sorry i never thought cp3 was that great. his state farm commercial sucks too if tp and cp3 meet in western conf finals my $$ is on tp

    • kavika6 - May 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Who’s had the better career? Parker has three championships, going on four, and Paul has never been out of the second round.

      Paul’s numbers are inflated because he always has to be the guy with full control of the ball, while the Spurs have incredible ball movement. Paul, Rondo and Westbrook always have to be “the man” while Parker shares with everyone. Therefore, MUCH more post season success and smaller numbers.

  4. ProBasketballPundit - May 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    I’ll say it… if Tony Parker was 100% healthy for the last 3 games of the Finals, San Antonio probably would have hoisted the trophy instead of Miami.

    • savvybynature - May 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Anyone that says otherwise is kidding themselves.

      • the1nonlyk - May 11, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        agreed what a fluke. rematch reamatch!!

    • ProBasketballPundit - May 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Then again the same argument could be made for the Heat and Dwyane Wade. But it seems like Parker is more valuable to San Antonio than Wade is to Miami at this point.

      • casualcommenter - May 11, 2014 at 7:41 PM

        Agreed. I’m not a Heat fan, but I’ve always found “If our team were fully healthy” claims to be a pointless argument.

        Injuries are a part of the game, and they always have been. The KG-era Celtics might have repeated as champions if KG hadn’t been injured the next year. If Rose hadn’t spent most of the past 3 years injured, who knows how far the Bulls could have gotten? Etc.
        That’s why NBA rosters have 15 players, not just 5. Depth matters.

        Heat had enough depth to overcome Wade being hobbled by injury, but the Spurs apparently didn’t. That’s why one team won a ring, and the other didn’t. The end.

      • kavika6 - May 12, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        Depth? Are you kidding me? This is the Heat we’re talking about.

    • casualcommenter - May 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      And I’ll say this… if Russell Westbrook was 100% healthy for the playoffs last year, San Antonio probably would have lost before making it to the Finals because they match up poorly against OKC.

      • the1nonlyk - May 11, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        well i think the spurs hav more n better firepower n defenders this year they can take on okc or the heat

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