Sunday, May 08, 2005



Not sure if Seattle was able to learn anything in the 2nd half about will and eon't work for Game #2.
This game was lost in the 1st Quarter.
The series may have been lost with the sprained ankles in the 2nd Quarter.
88% of the time a home team wins game 1 of a 7 game series in the NBA they win the series.

SPURS 89 SONICS 69 with 5:56 left in the 4th Quarter
Adding salt to the wound when a fan was riding Vitaly on his way back to the bench. Vitaly let a bird fly in the house. The fan was clean with his langugue.
The Sonics have done a nice job of moving Rashard Lewis around to get him looks without Ray and Vlady on the floor

SPURS 88 SONICS 67 with 6:37 left in the 4th Quarter.
The minute the Spurs brought their gys back in the game they put the pedal back to the medal and stretched it out.
Is the world coming to an end Glenn Robinson took two charges in this game?
Nick Collison is battling against Tim Duncan. Not succesfully but battling.

SPURS 73 SONICS 57 at the end of the 3rd Quarter
Fortson is guarding Duncan. He is just pounding him.
Rashard Lewis just got a shot to the jewels and is in agony. What else can happen?
Flip really couldn't be playing any worse. His off-season make is disappearing.
Seattle played very well offensively in the 3rd Quarter. They only got stopped on 6 possession in the entire quarter.
The Spurs, on the other hand, scored on only 7 possessions.

SPURS 72 SONICS 46 with 2:43 left in the 3rd Quarter
Greg Popovich runs a tight ship. Mohammed made a bad pass and missed Duncan who was wide open. The Sonics got a turnover and a fast break lay-up.
A few plays later Ginobili took the ball in the court after a deflection. He got it with 10 on the shot clock and then he went into the teeth of the defense and went 1 on 1. Popovich unloaded on him
Pop called a time-out and rode Mohammed all the way to the bench.
Seattle's defense is much e
Flip Murray is not grasping this opportunity at all. He is 1 of 6
Tony Parker is totally dominating this game.

SPURS 64 SONICS 37 with 9:51 left in the 3rd Quarter
Jerome James came out on the floor to open the second half with his warm-up jersey on. Opps.
Sonics got their first field goal off a second chance on the 2nd possession of the 2nd half.

Nothing is going right for Seattle.
The Spurs are penetrating at will.
The Spurs transition game is going at full bore
The Sonics offense disappeared at the beginning of the 2nd Quarter.

SPURS 60 SONICS 35 with 4.9 seconds left in the Half
It is official that Vlady will not return. Honestly, he didn't look like he was going to be able to play again the playoffs.
Line-up: Ridnour, Murray, Wilkins, Lewis and Vitaly

SPURS 54 SONICS 28 with 3:05 left in the 2nd Quarter
19-2 run.
Ray Allen has gone to the locker room. He is being looked at by the doctor.
Vlady was gone to be X-Ray'd
Rashard Lewis is not playing well, he is just 2 of 8 from the field
Seattle is getting crushed on the offensive glass
Sonics has just one field goal since the 10:12 mark of the Quarter

SPURS 44 SONICS 26 with 7:19 left in the 2nd Quarter.
Spurs on a 9-0 Run.
On the next play. Ray Allen drove to the basket and turned his ankle on his way to the basketball
Seattle committed turnovers on 3 straight possessions and 4 of the first 7 possessions of the Quarter.
Vitaly Potapenko has made his playoff appearence
Line-up of Ridnour, Daniels, Wilkins, Lewis, Potapenko

SPURS 39 SONICS 26 with 8:26 left in the 2nd Quarter
Vlady Radmanovic was just carried off the floor with a sprained right ankle. It looks very serious.

Offensive Efficiency: 101
Defenisve Efficiency: 138
Effective Field Goal%: 53%
Defensive E-Field Goal%: 66%
Offensive Rebouding %: 11%
Defenisve Rebounding %:50%
Offensive Turnover %:14%
Defensive Turnover%:16%

SPURS 35 SONICS 22 end of the 1st Quarter
Lewis shot at the buzzer will not count.
Parker hit his first five shots, Ginobili has hit his first two shots
Seattle has no ability to control the Spurs penetration.
Their is no help coming from the Sonics big men.
Tim Duncan got his 2nd foul at the 1:39 left in the 1st Quarter. He is staying in the game. Nate counters with JJ checking in, the Sonics are going at Duncan for #3
The Spurs shot 13 free throws in the 1st Quarter -- Sonics just 2.

SPURS 19 SONICS 14 with 3:59 in the 1st Quarter
Jerome James got a great pick on Tony Parker on a back cut. It was the type of harder physical play the Sonics must make.
The Spurs are beating Seattle on the offensive glass. They did this in the regualr season as well. Seattle must have an advantage on the offensive glass.
Ray Allen is going right at Bruce Bowen, he has beat him three straight times after getting called for a push off offensive foul.
Allen and Lewis are getting good looks at the basket. They have combined for the Sonics last 10 points.
Allen and Lewis have taken 11 of the Sonics 13 shots.

SPURS 9 SONICS 2 with 9:16 left in the 1st Quarter
Tony Parker is torching the Sonics defense with the first 7 points
There doesn't seem to be any help defense on Parker
A great earlier example of how great the Spurs defense is, Lewis got open on a good pick from James and when he went for the pull up jumper Narz Mohhamed was already out on him to block the shot.
The Sonics have to slow the Spurs transition

• Does Parker run through the paint freely or does someone give him a good shot early
• Are they meeting Parker at the free throw line in transition and denying penetration?
• Where is Duncan getting the ball.
• Is Seattle staying with the Spurs shooters?
• Are the Sonics big setting picks to free Allen?
• How is Lewis dealing with the double team’s from the baseline?

Brent Barry will start tonight for the Spurs

Offensive Side of the Ball

Offensive Efficiency Rating: #6 in the NBA
Effective Field Goal%: #6 in the NBA
Offensive Rebounding %: #12 in the NBA
Turnover Percentage%: #9 in the NBA

Defensive Side of the Ball
Defensive Efficiency Rating: #1 in the NBA
Defensive E-Field Goal%: #1 in the NBA
Defensive Rebounding%: #3 in the NBA
Defensive Turnover %: #7 in the NBA


MattB said...

Time to get Ray back in there. No 3's yet, that's kiling us.

-A. said...

I was surprised in the LOS poll how few people voted for Parker being the key to the series for SA.

MattB said...

Its about time to turn this thing off. Totaly dominating performance by the Spurs.

-A. said...

Oh dear god.

(Is there a "mercy" rule?)

Its been a pretty bad weekend of blowouts. Maybe its in the air.

At least the Texas air.

Bobby said...

Ginobli's relentless atacking of the hoop reminds me of Sarunas Marcelonus (I know this is misspelled!) in his prime. Ginobli is a better shoter and not as big, but his heart and desire is every bit as big! Without Ray AND Vlade, the Sonics are done. Rashard is a "3rd" wheel.....not the one to be the number 2 guy on your team.

Chris said...

Calabro call of the night, "Sacre bleu!" Even with a fully-loaded lineup, Seattle's margin for error is razor-thin. Will be interesting to see how they answer the bell for Game 2. Jerome James = invisible ink.

-A. said...

You can look at it this way...
...really it cannot get worse than that game.

EVERYTHING went wrong.