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Roy Tucker
06-09-2005, 06:31 PM
So who do you think will win?

A good finals for hoops purists. The two teams play true team ball (as much as you can in the NBA).

I thought the Heat was going to make it, but when Wade got hurt and Shaq was already dinged up, I knew they were doomed.

Reds/Flyers Fan
06-09-2005, 07:31 PM
As much as I dislike the NBA, I do like the way the Pistons play. I also like that they win without the proverbial NBA super-super-superstar like Kobe or Shaq. I hope they can make it two straight.

gitrdunn44
06-09-2005, 07:33 PM
I am a Pacers fan and after the whole brawl thing I have to root against them so GO SPURS!!

Unassisted
06-09-2005, 09:02 PM
Gotta go with my current hometown team. :thumbup:

KronoRed
06-10-2005, 12:44 AM
Dunno..Larry Brown? :D

RedFanAlways1966
06-10-2005, 08:54 AM
Due to a few bad Detroit fans from earlier this season... I am rooting for a Spurs sweep.

15fan
06-10-2005, 09:40 AM
I've been watching Tim abuse Rashweed for over a decade now.

No reason to think that's gonna change now.

Here's another question:

Which is more painful to watch - the 2006 Reds pitching staff or Ben Wallace at the foul line?

WVRed
06-10-2005, 09:44 AM
Pistons....Tayshaun Prince.

Could care less about the rest of the team, just remember that when the brawl broke out against the Pacers, Tayshaun stayed on the bench during the whole thing.

Oh, and did I mention he went to UK :evil: (I know, Mohammed did too)

Sweetstop
06-10-2005, 09:49 AM
Go Tayshaun!

RedsBaron
06-10-2005, 09:53 AM
I'm not much of an NBA fan, but I didn't like the Thomas-Laimbeer "Bad Boys" Pistons on the early 1990s, and I don't like the current Pistons either. I was rooting for the Heat because (1) Dewayne Wade seemed like a good guy and (2) I was hoping Shaq would win a title while Kobe's Lakers stayed home. Now I'll root for the Spurs.

Roy Tucker
06-10-2005, 09:58 AM
Good ballgame last night. Defenses dominated (if there was ever an understatement, that's it).

Rasheed had Duncan's number early but Tim wore him down. Duncan isn't affected by Rasheeds' woofing. Duncan kept the Spurs in the game early and Genobili and Parker took them home. Genobili is absolutely fearless going into the lane.

Detroit's late run to cut a 17 point lead to 7 had me nervous. Billups was great all night. Hamilton got taken out of his game a little bit. Rasheed disappeared the second half.

Ben Wallace should go to Rick Barry-style free throw shooting. For the life of me, I can't understand how a world-class athlete can be so brutal shooting a little free throw.

I'm probably one of the few people in the world that like listening to Hubie Brown. The man knows his hoops.

I still think the series will go 7 games.

So what country was Alanis Morrisette a citizen of before? Canada? I thought she did a good job on the National Anthem.

And someone tell me just why did Will Smith perform?

Stewie
06-10-2005, 10:05 AM
As much as I dislike the NBA, I do like the way the Pistons play. I also like that they win without the proverbial NBA super-super-superstar like Kobe or Shaq. I hope they can make it two straight.

I am the exact opposite. I love the NBA, but can't stand the way the Pistons play. Plus, I despise Larry Brown. Before last night I though the Spurs would make fairly quick work of the Pistons, and after the game, I guess there is no reason to change that opinion. Manu Ginobili is incredible.

Johnny Footstool
06-10-2005, 10:20 AM
:sleep:

Crash Davis
06-10-2005, 01:29 PM
I'm probably one of the few people in the world that like listening to Hubie Brown. The man knows his hoops.

Preach on, Brother Roy.

Crash Davis
06-10-2005, 01:32 PM
I still think the series will go 7 games.

I'll be shocked if it goes more than five. This Spurs team is the best NBA team since the last of the Jordan era Bulls in the late 90s.

MWM
06-10-2005, 01:38 PM
I've watched most of the NBA playoffs this year and I just don't see anyone beating the Spurs. They just have too much. They can come at you at too many different angles for even a team that plays defense as well as the Pistons. Thing is, the Spurs play defense almost as well which lessens that competitive advantage for the Pistons.

Manu Ginobili is becoming one of the best players in the NBA. I love the way that guy plays. The thing about the Spurs is that they're going to be this good for enxt 5 years or so. They could be the next great dynasty, even better than Shaq and Kobe's Lakers, IMO.

Roy Tucker
06-10-2005, 01:48 PM
I'll be shocked if it goes more than five. This Spurs team is the best NBA team since the last of the Jordan era Bulls in the late 90s.
Yeah, I think you're right about the Spurs being the best team and I think they'll win too. Maybe 7 games is too aggressive. I do think the Pistons will put up a good fight though.

I do think the Pistons will win game 2. Larry Brown is too good of a coach to let the Spurs do what they did again in game 2. He'll put Hunter on Genobili and the first time Genobili drives the lane, Ben Wallace will lay the wood on Manu and knock him from here to the Rio Grande. I was very surprised Detroit let Genobili drive the lane with impunity. Like Hubie said, this is a man's game.

If Bowen keeps the lid on Hamilton though, that will be the death knell of the Pistons. Detroit just doesn't have that many scorers and if Hamilton goes 7-21 again, they're sunk. Billups will get his points and Rasheed needs keep his head screwed on and play 4 quarters.

But the Spurs are awfully tough and Popovich won't let them play badly for very long at all (see 1st quater from last night).

Crash Davis
06-10-2005, 02:24 PM
I do think the Pistons will win game 2. Larry Brown is too good of a coach to let the Spurs do what they did again in game 2. He'll put Hunter on Genobili and the first time Genobili drives the lane, Ben Wallace will lay the wood on Manu and knock him from here to the Rio Grande. I was very surprised Detroit let Genobili drive the lane with impunity. Like Hubie said, this is a man's game.

I don't know. I just don't see it. The Spurs were sleepwalking through the first half yesterday. If ever there was a game to steal, last night's was it.

The Spurs played a terrible game and still won by 15.

Even if Ginobli is stopped by a few too many Ben Wallace elbows, they have so many scoring options. Parker can drop 25-30 any game, Bowen can get 12-15 more than he did last night, Brent Barry can go crazy from three, or Big Game Bob will knock down clutch shots...you could even see Glenn Robinson or Devin Brown making an impact. They're so deep that you can't just stop their offense by roughing up Ginobli a few times.

15fan
06-10-2005, 02:34 PM
I do think the Pistons will win game 2. Larry Brown is too good of a coach to let the Spurs do what they did again in game 2. He'll put Hunter on Genobili and the first time Genobili drives the lane, Ben Wallace will lay the wood on Manu and knock him from here to the Rio Grande. I was very surprised Detroit let Genobili drive the lane with impunity. Like Hubie said, this is a man's game.


Larry's a fine coach and all, but it's not like this was the first time that he's watched his team get shredded by Manu Ginobili.

Spurs in 5.

Roy Tucker
06-10-2005, 03:16 PM
All very good points. Brown did see Genobili shred his US Olympic team in '04 so its no big surprise.

Parker did get going in the second half, but Bowen threw up bricks all night and Barry was in foul trouble. The Big Dog hadn't played in eons and I think Popovich got a little lucky he got such a good game out of him.

Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part. It's been a while since the NBA Finals have gone 7 games. I'm really not a Pistons fan, I just want to see a competitive series that goes the distance.

Just think, if Popovich would have guarded the inbound pass on Fisher's shot from last year, the Spurs might be going for 3 in a row this year.

15fan
06-13-2005, 10:16 AM
If this was a game of HORSE, Detroit would have an H, an O, and have to make a blindfolded shot from 3/4 court to avoid taking the R.

Roy Tucker
06-13-2005, 10:24 AM
If this was a game of HORSE, Detroit would have an H, an O, and have to make a blindfolded shot from 3/4 court to avoid taking the R.
Indeed. I was very surprised to see how badly the Pistons played last night.

Of course, the Spurs had something to do with making them look bad with their defense, heady play, and execution on offense.

But the Pistons lack of hustle to loose balls, dumb passes, and just plain old stupid hoops was unexpected. Too bad they stunk up the joint, I was hoping for a good game. Rasheed and Hamilton needed to quit whining at the refs and get their heads back in the game.

You guys predicting Spurs in 5 are looking good now. It may not go that far.

KronoRed
06-13-2005, 10:48 AM
This one seems over..the pistons didn't even seem to show up last night :help:

Unassisted
06-13-2005, 10:59 AM
This one seems over..the pistons didn't even seem to show up last night :help:Detroit is a tough place to win. I think the Pistons can take at least one game in the series there. IIRC, the Spurs lost there during the regular season. Spurs in 5.

Roy Tucker
06-15-2005, 10:31 AM
Well, seems that the Pistons did in game 3 what I thought they'd do in game 2. High energy defense, better offense, and hammer anyone who drives the lane from here to next Sunday. Big Ben makes a statement to open the game and Ginobili is limping after 30 senconds sent a big message.

Home court makes for a huge advantage. No way Detroit goes on the run they did in the 4th quarter when in San Antonio.

I officially don't have a clue as to who is going to win what game.

If I hear that Detroit PA guy holler "Deeee-troit bas-ket-baaaaalll" one more time, I think I'm gonna hurl.

A sad moment in the life of Roy... I stopped watching a much-anticipated Reds-Red Sox at Fenway game and instead, watched an NBA game. The Reds looked flatter than a pancake, meeker than a church mouse, and deader than a door nail.

Roy Tucker
06-17-2005, 12:21 PM
Series is 2-2. Looks like the teams switched jerseys. Shades of '77 Portland-Philly.

Popovich had a heart-to-heart talk with Duncan at the end of last night's game on the bench. Duncan appeared distraught. It will be interesting to see what kind of game he has Sunday. I predict a monster game for him.

I almost think game 5 is more of a do-or-die for the Spurs than I do the Pistons.

Crash Davis
06-17-2005, 01:51 PM
Well, a lot of us were wrong. My Spurs in 5 prediction is shot to hell.

What Roy said would happen in game 2 did happen in games 3 & 4. No easy baskets for the Spurs.

Unassisted
06-17-2005, 02:06 PM
I now predict that the Spurs make Game 5 close, but still don't win. They'll win the 2 home games, though.

Folks here are distraught over last night's game. Local dentists will be busy today from all of the gnashed teeth.

Roy Tucker
06-20-2005, 09:58 AM
Pistons played good enough to win, but Robert Horry goes berserk in the 4th quarter and OT and the Spurs steal one in Detroit.

The Spurs play a good game on the road.

Why they tried to trap Genobili in the corner and left Horry alone at the 3 pt. line I'll never know. Especially after Hubie Brown said that was one thing to absolutely *not* do.

Duncan gags big-time at the FT line to try to give the game to the Pistons.

Pistons can't get the ball to Billups with 5.9 seconds left killed them. Hamilton can't create his own shot.

These 9:00 EDT start times and subsequent OT makes for a very late night for Roy. Zzzzzzzz...

Unassisted
06-20-2005, 10:54 AM
Why they tried to trap Genobili in the corner and left Horry alone at the 3 pt. line I'll never know. Especially after Hubie Brown said that was one thing to absolutely *not* do.

Duncan gags big-time at the FT line to try to give the game to the Pistons.

Pistons can't get the ball to Billups with 5.9 seconds left killed them. Hamilton can't create his own shot.

These 9:00 EDT start times and subsequent OT makes for a very late night for Roy. Zzzzzzzz...I was amazed that the Horry shot at the end of OT was improvised. When the Pistons collapsed on Manu, who was supposed to take the shot, he reflexively fired the ball over to the wide-open Horry.

Sportswriter in today's paper says Horry's shot is karma swinging the other way after last year's Lakers debacle where Derek Fisher's eerily similar similar 3-pointer beat the Spurs in the last game of the semi-finals with 0.4 seconds on the clock.

Duncan's yips at the FT line almost lost the game for the Spurs. I'd be concerned about his psyche if they'd lost that one. I think the ankles are bothering him more than he's letting on.

If it's any consolation, Roy, the late night OT games aren't much easier here in the Central Timezone. :)

15fan
06-20-2005, 10:55 AM
How Hamilton was not charged with aggravated assault when he got the ball at the end of OT is beyond me.

26 & 19 for Timmy D in game 5. Close out the Pistons and TD will have 3 finals MVPs to go with his 3 rings.

Only 3 other guys in the history of the NBA to have been Finals MVP 3+ times: Shaq, Jordan and Magic.

(Of course, they didn't start giving the award until 1969. Had they given it out earlier, that Russell fella in Boston probably would've won it a handful of times, too.)

GIK
06-20-2005, 11:03 AM
I won't count the Pistons out, but they needed to win all three at home.

Roy Tucker
06-20-2005, 01:25 PM
I won't count the Pistons out, but they needed to win all three at home.
It'll be tough now.

I can see the Pistons, with their backs against the wall, gutting out a game 6 win. But then they may have nothing left for game 7 besides fumes.

Winning 2 games in a row at San Antonio is awfully, awfully tough. They've got a great crowd, great team, and a great coach.

The more I think about it, the more remarkable that performance by Robert Horry last night/early this morning was and that truly was the pivotable moment of the series.

Roy Tucker
06-22-2005, 10:07 AM
Well, I never thought it would happen, but Pistons win in SA and its game 7 on Thursday night. For those of you who think the NBA is nothing but a bunch of flash, please watch this game.

What is winning is defense (individual and team), passing, coaching, mid-range shooting, pure hustle, gutsy play, and (miracles of all miracles) layups.

In this series, I have seen more layups than I have in the NBA in the last 10 years. The defenses are so good and so strong, they've got to be creative around the hoop. Every play is defended fiercely. Great basketball.

It's interesting the makeup of the 2 teams. The Spurs have a strong international streak and I think this is what makes them so good. An unbelievably fundementally strong team (NCAA hoops take note). The Pistons frankly are a bunch of rejects from other teams (Billups, Hamilton, Rasheed) that Dumars saw something in and Larry Brown has molded them. I loved the Pistons huddle with about 2 minutes left in the game last night and Brown tells the team "and one more thing, I love you guys".

Al Michaels and Hubie Brown make an excellent announcing pair. I love listening to Hubie's smarts.

Should be a good one Thursday.

GIK
06-22-2005, 10:42 AM
Can't wait to watch the game on Thursday. Last night's game was great.

Unassisted
06-22-2005, 11:00 AM
Ginobili and Parker had one basket apiece in the last 20 minutes of Game 6. The Spurs can't win without consistent production from those guys. Missing so many free throws didn't help, either.

The city of San Antonio should have waited until after Game 6 to announce a victory parade on Thursday. Now the victory parade is scheduled for Saturday. Messing with karma = :nono:

Unassisted
06-23-2005, 02:00 PM
Those of you who follow her every word will want to know that Eva Longoria predicts the Spurs will win tonight by 15.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA062305.1A.spurs_odds.376364b1.html

Vegas bookies still favoring Spurs

Web Posted: 06/23/2005 12:00 AM CDT

Amy Dorsett
Express-News Staff Writer

Here's hoping that what happens in Vegas comes true for San Antonio.

In the world's gaming mecca, the money is on the Spurs to beat the Detroit Pistons by 5 points in Game 7 of the NBA Finals tonight.

The winner-take-all game tips off at 8 p.m. at the SBC Center.

The 800 available tickets sold out in three minutes Wednesday afternoon, but the game can be seen on ABC affiliate KSAT.

Before the Finals began, the Spurs were a nearly 3:1 favorite the odds of a Spurs victory now is 2:1, according to Chuck Esposito, assistant vice president at Caesars Palace, whose job as odds maker sets the sports book at five Nevada casinos.

Within hours of the Pistons winning the NBA Championship last year, the Spurs were named the favorite, at 4:1 odds, to win this year's title, while Detroit had 8:1 odds.

With the NBA Finals being forced to a Game 7 for the first time since 1994, the series is creating quite a buzz in Sin City.

"With it going to Game 7 it's phenomenal for sports and game books," Esposito said. "It's very exciting for us."

But more exciting than Spurs fans had wanted it.

On Wednesday, some of them still were puffy-eyed following Tuesday night's defeat, but seemed buoyed by the Las Vegas predictions.

"It affirms us in our belief that the Spurs are going to win," said Melie McKnight. "I think they're a good team they just haven't figured out the strategy of how to keep (Detroit) away from our key players so they can get the ball in."

McKnight is confident that after the teams have faced each other in six knockdown, drag-out Finals games, the Spurs will have solidified that strategy.

Others, though, aren't so sure. Kristy, who refused to give her last name for fear of scorn from family and friends, said the Game 6 defeat was enough to make her question the Spurs' ability.

"The Pistons are a strong team and they come together. (Tim) Duncan and (Tony) Parker aren't doing what they usually do," she said. "It was a letdown and now I'm not too excited. I won't be shocked if the Pistons win."

Sylvia Donel, though, sees Tuesday night's performance through the eyes of a conspiracy theorist and believes the Spurs intentionally lost the game.

"They're just letting them think they're going to win they're giving Detroit hope," she said.

"But then they're gonna sock it to 'em."

Spurs fan Steve Perez said he doesn't care what the Vegas odds makers predict he has blind faith that the team will take care of business.

"I just have enough confidence they'll do it," he said. "When they have to do it, they'll come through."

For the record, one of the team's most high-profile fans is predicting the Spurs will claim their third Larry O'Brien trophy tonight.

Eva Longoria, who watched Game 6 with Parker's parents and not far from Ricardo Chavira, who plays her husband on "Desperate Housewives," has her money or at least her heart on San Antonio.

"We're gonna blow them out by at least 15 points," Longoria said through an NBA publicist.

While she thinks that, should the Spurs win, Duncan will be named MVP, she hedges her bet, favoring the man she's been romantically linked to: "Tony Parker, but I am of course biased."

No word on those odds yet.

There's also this...
http://www.mysanantonio.com/columnists/stories/MYSA20050623.05P.NZ.State.jakle_0623.351d6ab6.html

Stylish fans

Speaking of Longoria, she and the mom of her beau, Tony Parker, were two of the more eye-catching women in the SBC Center Tuesday.

Longoria, who soon will rush back to Toronto to resume filming "The Sentinel" with Kiefer Sutherland, wore an outfit of her creation. Her black, fit-like-a-dream tank sported a glittery No. 9 Parker's number, natch that she made herself.

Meanwhile, Pamela Parker, the Spur's pretty, blond mom, was decked out in head-to-toe Western style, complete with black cowboy hat and boots. She said people in her home country of France don't take to cowboy hats, so she likes to wear them here. She and Longoria were affectionate as they waited for the game to start. Parker told of her son's first sighting of Longoria ... in a magazine, where she was wearing a Spurs cap. He tore the page out and kept it, she said.

GIK
06-23-2005, 02:19 PM
Billups will be big

By Joe Lago, Yahoo! Sports

SAN ANTONIO Still steaming from the Detroit Pistons' devastating Game 5 loss, Joe Dumars walked onto the team charter fully expecting a long, bitter flight to South Texas.

No one else shared his pain, at least not visibly.

"If you had a hidden camera on the plane, you could not tell if we had lost a big game or won a big game," the Pistons' president of basketball operations said. "The mood stays exactly the same. The same guys play cards, the same guys play video games, the same guys watch movies. Nothing changes.

"I think that [calmness] gives you a chance to win if you can stay within yourself and not get out of character."

It's like what Larry Brown and the Pistons always say: This is who they are. This is what they do.

And these are the seven reasons why the Pistons will keep the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

1. They've been there, done that.

The Pistons have already won a Game 7 on the road this postseason, eliminating Miami in the East finals. They also took out New Jersey in a Game 7 at home in last year's East semis. The Spurs? Their Big Three Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have never played in a Game 7 before.

2. Home-court is no longer an advantage.

Ginobili said so himself. A veteran of series-deciding games as a two-time Italian League MVP, Ginobili believes playing at the SBC Center doesn't give the Spurs an edge. Also, the Pistons just proved they can beat the Spurs on their own court, winning in San Antonio for the first time since 1997.

3. Rasheed finally knows he's needed.

It took something monumental like his admittedly "bonehead" decision to leave Robert Horry open for the game-winning three-pointer in Game 5 to shake Rasheed Wallace out of his sleepwalking state. 'Sheed responded with an emphatic and effective Game 6, scoring 16 points and making every touch difficult for Tim Duncan. The Pistons are 8-0 in the postseason when Wallace scores 20 points. Thursday night could be the night he finally reaches that plateau in the Finals.

4. Rip has deciphered Bowen's defense.

Brown told Richard Hamilton to stop pump-faking Bruce Bowen and just shoot the ball. That explains why Rip looked somewhat comfortable against the Spurs' lockdown defender in Game 6. When he wasn't having his trademark mask accidentally knocked off his face by Bowen, Hamilton was shooting with confidence in scoring 23 points, his highest point total on the road in the Finals.

5. Dan Crawford won't be refereeing.

The Pistons' archenemy of officials worked Games 2 and 6, so unless the league wants to play a cruel joke on Detroit Crawford will be nowhere near the SBC Center. The Pistons' ongoing beef with Crawford takes away from their focus. They won't have to worry about him in Game 7.

6. LB's love is a powerful thing.

Brown told his players that he loved them during a late fourth-quarter timeout. "At that time, I really wasn't in a sentimental state," Chauncey Billups said. "I was just like, "A'ight man. What are we running, though?' " Brown might have expressed those feelings because this series could mark the end of his tenure in Detroit or his coaching career for that matter, if his health problems aren't solved in the offseason. The point is that the Pistons are giving their all for Brown again, which some speculated wasn't the case when the "Brown-to-Cleveland GM" rumor became a distraction earlier in these playoffs. So if the Pistons lose, at least they'll never have to say they're sorry.

7. They have their own Big Shot.

All Dumars ever wants for his Pistons in a big game is to get to the four-minute mark with a chance to win. "That's all you can hope for on the road in a big game," he said. Dumars feels so confident about his team in those situations because of their collective coolness, and no Piston embodies that persona better than Mr. Big Shot himself Billups. With his .917 free-throw shooting percentage in the Finals, he is Detroit's closer when it has the lead. Before Billups left Wednesday's practice, he was asked if his Pistons were going to win their second straight title. He didn't hesitate to give his answer.

"Yeah."


Duncan will dominate

By Steve Kerr, Yahoo! Sports

It has all come down to this: one game in San Antonio to decide the NBA championship. Will the Detroit Pistons defend their title and win back-to-back banners, or will the San Antonio Spurs capture their third crown in seven years?

The Pistons will try to maintain the momentum they built in winning three of the last four games of this series, including a Game 6 victory at the SBC Center that forced Thursday's decisive seventh game. The Spurs must regain the edge they had earlier in the series, and they'll rely on a raucous home crowd to help pull them through.

It's the first time in 11 years that the NBA has featured a Game 7 in the Finals. It's a fitting conclusion to what has become a fiercely contested series.

Here are seven reasons why the Spurs will win the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

1. They'll take care of the basketball.

In Game 6, San Antonio only committed 11 turnovers, which kept Detroit's fast break points down. The Spurs are at home, where it's easier to control the tempo and the ball.

2. They'll continue to hold their own on the boards.

After getting pounded on the glass earlier in the series, San Antonio has stayed even with Detroit in the last two games actually out-rebounding the Pistons at the offensive end. That has negated the huge field-goal attempt advantage Detroit had earlier in the series.

3. The Spurs won't give up eight three-pointers.

The Spurs had the right formula in Game 6, but they didn't count on Detroit shooting the lights out from beyond the arc. The Pistons made only eight threes in the first five games. The law of averages say they won't make more than four in Game 7, and with the Spurs rebounding well and taking care of the ball, the Pistons will struggle to score.

4. Manu Ginobili is the most fearless player this side of Chauncey Billups.

Ginobili lives for moments like these, and he got to the rim repeatedly in Game 6. He has the mentality to take over in tense circumstances, and he'll find a way to help his team win.

5. Big Shot Rob will make a big basket.

Not exactly going out on a limb here, am I? Robert Horry has seen it all, and nothing seems to faze him. If the game is tight and Horry has the ball with an open shot, who wouldn't bet on him to make it?

6. The Spurs are at home.

In NBA Finals history, the home team has won 12 of 15 Game 7s. Sure, being on the road doesn't bother Detroit, but there's definitely an advantage to playing the final game of a series on your home floor. The statistics prove that.

7. Tim Duncan will come out of his shell and dominate.

He hasn't played well in this series (for him), and he's beating himself up for his subpar play. But his teammates should beat themselves up for not throwing him the ball in the fourth quarter of Game 6. The Spurs shot 28 threes about 10 too many and didn't get the ball to their big man enough. Duncan will respond to the pressure, play his best game of the series and lead his team to a championship.

15fan
06-23-2005, 03:24 PM
"7. Tim Duncan will come out of his shell and dominate.

He hasn't played well in this series (for him), and he's beating himself up for his subpar play. "

Here's a quick look at Timmy D's numbers in the finals:

24/17
18/11
14/10
16/16
26/19
21/15

That's 19.8 ppg, and 14.7 RPG.

In the NBA Finals against the defending champs who play stingy D.

Yet it's subpar.

Welcome to the burden of wearing #21.

Go Tim. Go Spurs.

Roy Tucker
06-23-2005, 03:29 PM
This game is as close to a push as you'll ever see. The teams are so even with so many variables are in the mix.

Ultimately, I think home court advantage will trump all.

Final score will be 89.121 to 89.118 in a bazillion overtimes, Spurs.

GIK
06-23-2005, 04:09 PM
I'm going with the hometown guys (Pistons) but I agree it'll be close. A whole lot closer than Ms. Longoria believes it will be.

creek14
06-23-2005, 07:12 PM
I picked the Spurs back when this thread started. Now I am thinking they are afraid to win.

captainmorgan07
06-23-2005, 08:59 PM
im sayin the pistons eva longoria's got a bet with john salley if pistons win eva goes on best damn sports show period in a bikini

creek14
06-23-2005, 09:50 PM
I'm going with the hometown guys (Pistons) but I agree it'll be close. A whole lot closer than Ms. Longoria believes it will be.
GAC, you don't live in Detroit, so you can't mean YOUR hometown team and the game is in TX, so it isn't the Pistons hometown, so what in the heck are you talking about?? :confused:

Reds/Flyers Fan
06-23-2005, 10:43 PM
Spurs win the first quarter of Game 7 in a defensive battle

Spurs 18
Pistons 16

Both teams seem to be playing well. Hopefully the Pistons can pull this one out. They are the only team from the state of Michigan that I will ever pull for. (of course, I always want Michigan State to beat Michigan)

captainmorgan07
06-23-2005, 10:55 PM
im a tar heel basketball fan so it would be nice to see larry get another and sheed get his second ring both former heels

Reds/Flyers Fan
06-23-2005, 11:10 PM
Al Michaels just said that there are more people in the Palace of Auburn Hills (Detroit) tonight watching the game on big screens than are actually at the SBC Center in San Antonio. :laugh:

Reds/Flyers Fan
06-23-2005, 11:20 PM
Halftime score:

Detroit - 39
San Antonio - 38

Of the 17 Game 7 halftimes in NBA Finals history, this is the narrowest margin.

KronoRed
06-24-2005, 01:00 AM
Spurs win

Glad us 21 were right ;)

Raisor
06-24-2005, 01:09 AM
I've decided to go with the Spurs. I think they have a really good shot tonight.

Unassisted
06-24-2005, 02:20 AM
What a game!

TV stations here are showing bedlam (but not rioting) and traffic gridlock downtown tonight as everyone heads there to celebrate.

dman
06-24-2005, 07:20 AM
I went with the Spurs. They've been one of my favorite teams since David Robinson was with them. The NBA could really use more guys like him back in the league.

GIK
06-24-2005, 08:58 AM
GAC, you don't live in Detroit, so you can't mean YOUR hometown team and the game is in TX, so it isn't the Pistons hometown, so what in the heck are you talking about?? :confused:

Umm, I probably live closer to Detroit than most here. That and the Pistons don't really plan IN Detroit. ;)

GIK
06-24-2005, 09:00 AM
Very good game and the Pistons had a chance with 5 minutes left, as Joe D wanted. The Spurs just - obviously - played better. They were smarter with their possessions. The Pistons also ran into foul trouble which, IMO, hurt them immensely (having R. Wallace on the bench and not able to get into a consistent groove was big). Good game, San Antonio....I hope LB can make it back next year.

15fan
06-24-2005, 09:07 AM
Tim wins AND two Tar Heels lose.

Life is good.

Parker never took his head out of his rear end. Fortunately for SA, Ginobili did before it was too late.

Hopefully Tim can now get around to the other details in life. Like getting a haircut.

Chip R
06-24-2005, 09:48 AM
Congratulations to the Spurs. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for them ever since the late 70s when I could pick them up on WOAI at night and the Celtics weren't doing so good. I really didn't watch any of the series but it sounds like it was quite a good matchup and DET has nothing to hang their heads about. Now does 'Sheed have to give his championship belt up to a Spur now? ;)

Roy Tucker
06-24-2005, 10:03 AM
Yep, good ballgame. I was hoping for a bit of drama at the end as a fitting capstone to the series, but the Spurs earned it.

Duncan took over the game at a critical stretch in the 3rd quarter and the Spurs were down and deserved the MVP. Even hit his free throws which was critical. Nice to see good things happen to a good guy. Ginobili was key too and played well. Popovich is an excellent coach and made a lot of smart decisions during the series.

I thought the teams looked tired, particulalry Billups. And Hamilton was a non-factor again. Getting open on screens and curls is his whole game and Bowen shut him down. Ben Wallace played enormously tough.

Wish the TV ratings were better, this was an excellent series for basketball fans.

15fan
06-24-2005, 11:52 AM
Here is an interesting bit about #21:

"A lot of critics have wanted to redefine Duncan this month, so here goes: No superstar since Bill Russell has won a title, watched all 11 teammates leave, then win another title with a new set of teammates.

Link to the full story (http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/columnists/bharvey/stories/MYSA062405.1S.COL.BKNharvey.f9ccfd.html)

Attaboy, Tim. Attaboy. :clap:

savafan
06-24-2005, 04:03 PM
Last night was the first NBA game I've watched since DaBulls won with Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Kukoc, Kerr, Paxson, etc.

I'm glad I turned it on. It was good basketball.