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  1. #91
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    It was our most disjointed offensive effort in quite a while. There's no denying Manu played poorly overall. If I know Manu - and I think I do - game 2 will feature vintage filthy Manu.

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    Interesting note is that when Parker and Ginobili were on the court together, the Spurs were a +15. That means neither one could make some much headway without the other on the court. But during the 16 minutes that backcourt played together, the Spurs destroyed the Jazz.

    Parker/Ginobili has been on fire for the last month. Great to see it transfer into the playoffs

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    What I liked the most was the tremendous energy showed by the big 3. It is very clear that in many games this season, either of the three were coasting at different times. Manu was not going to risk injury by trying anything else but jumpers or open layups; Tony was clearly coasting early season before carrying the team for long stretches when Manu was injured and then dialing it down a bit after Manu's return; while Tim was pacing himself for the playoffs by steadily building up momentum and game speed.

    And in the first game itself, while the big 3 were rusty, there was no question that they were at their most energetic the whole season. Parker was super efficient. He seems like a well drilled machine making decisions like clockwork. And Timmy and Manu looked like exploding to the rim the moment they saw the tiniest sliver of space that they could exploit. It bodes really well.

    The best offensive move, though, for the Spurs this game for me was Boris Diaw's running hook shot. It completely took the Jazz by surprise.

    Hopefully Splitter returns with little more than a mild discomfort and does what he is best doing -rolling to the basket, hustling and defending hard.

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    looking towards from game 2 what we can improve game 1....executing plays...

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    The positive:
    -Spurs won even playing the worst game of the last two months (exception the home game vs Lakers).
    -Depth IS important, even in PO: 10th man Blair comes in for an injured Splitter, and grabs important rebounds.
    -Instead of Jefferson, Spurs have Jackson this year. With Jefferson, this game is decided in the final minute.
    -Popovich is definitely involved. Good T to stop a few bad calls (to keep the game as close as possible).
    -Parker gave the impression that he could penetrate and score or assist on every possession.

    The negative:
    -Splitter' injury. In the long run, the guy can't be replaced.
    -Rebounding was an issue for most of the game.
    -The missed dunk of Ginobili. When did we ever see that?

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    This is just a warm up game. In fact, don't we usually lose the first game of the playoffs?

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    I'm pretty excited to see how Kawhi and Danny perform in Game 2, especially Kawhi. I just get the impression that he's just letting the game come to him and absorbing everything there is to learn in Game 1. I think he'll be fine as long as he still goes tough on D even when the shots don't fall in.

    As for Danny, he should make smart cuts and free himself up for J's. He's not gonna touch the ball a lot of times what with Tim and Tony sharing most of the scoring load, but if he can prepare himself for Tony's kickouts and make those shots, that should be more than enough contribution from Danny on offense.
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    Because its a played out gimmick.

    Teams that have 1 or 0 rings do gimmick horsecrap stunts like that.
    Well, that and we did it in 2007, I remember them handing out black t-shirts at the second Finals game.
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    Couple of random thoughts from Australia...

    - I thought Kawhi played pretty well. Offensively he wasn't flash, but he didn't look particularly overawed. I thought he competed well and defensively he was hawking the ball and I loved the steal and outlet. Solid debut.

    - Green looked a little bit rushed when shooting his 3's. He didn't seem to have the same fluency he was showing the last few weeks. That said, he is streaky, he is quite likely to go 3/4 in his next game. I thought he got a couple of iffy calls against him as well. He has to get in there and rebound better and hopefully getting his hand on the ball a bit more will help him to relax and shoot better.

    - Buckets was ballin out there. His rebounding was great, pulled a few down in the trees. His 3pt shot looked smooth and those couple of drives showed great patience and reading of the defense. The extra pass to Bonner for the 3.. He played an A+ game.

    - Diaw's statline doesn't blow me away but watching him on the court I thought he was very good. His physicality and position on defense really go against the type of guy he is and it's pleasing to see it translating. I think the team could use him a little bit more offensively even if it is just to give Tony a possession or two off/

    - Until he got hurt, I thought Splitter was showing great signs. I think he was a bit amped up and that lead to him missing a couple of easy ones but I honestly think he could have gone to work on the entire Jazz frontline. Hopefully the wrist injury isn't serious, it shouldn't bother him to much shooting wise but a big part of his game is catching the ball, so hopefully it doesn't bother him in that department.

    - Blair played decent in the role he should be in. I think there is room for him to get minutes, I really like the idea of him going up against opposition second units.

    - Bonner hit his 3's but the key thing is he didn't hesitate and looked confident. I had a few night tremors when Favors starting making a couple of midrange/short jumpers over him Darrell Arthur style, but thankfully that didn't last to long. He does look like a defensive mismatch in this series though.

    - Baseline game from Neal. Not great, not horrible. Swished a few which was nice to see. Fouled a bit much though.

    Tim, just a solid game. Loved the dunk.

    Tony was the best player on the court by about 10 miles. He basically does what he wants.

    Manu's passing was ridiculous. The pass to the slipping Blair around 3 defenders was astounding. I'm starting to get a bit worried when he initiates a pick and roll from the 45 going left though. He keeps picking his dribble up around the top of the key and it is getting stripped time and time again. That has been a staple of his game and scoring wise he isn't nearly as effective when he decides to not use the pick and go right.. Hopefully that gets sorted out.

    Overall, a solid game. The Jazz hung tough but to be honest, with a tighter rotation, the thing would have blown out more and earlier.

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    What is the deal with Devin Harris?
    I thought he got hurt when Tinsley stayed in the game so long
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    What is the deal with Devin Harris?
    I thought he got hurt when Tinsley stayed in the game so long
    Yeah that was a little strange, he was doing a decent job making Tony work on both ends of the court then he disappeared for 10 minute or so in the 2nd quarter while Tinsley came in and looked way slower

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    Manu Ginobili C+
    When Manu Ginobili began the day with a leaner and a pair of driving dunks, I think we all expected a huge outing from the Argentine superstar. However, as it turned out, it went all downhill from there. Offensively, while he had a few great passes and a couple determined drives to the hoop, Ginobili never made another field goal and was oftentimes too sloppy when attempting to orchestrate the offense. On defense, while I really liked Ginobili's tenacity on the defensive glass, I was disappointed in his decision-making on that end of the court. Asked to defend Gordon Hayward most of the time, Ginobili spent way too much time wandering away from Utah's only scoring swingman. When Hayward got the ball, he either had an open jumper or the Spurs were forced to scramble to cover him, which led directly to a number of fouls. It didn't hurt San Antonio much this game but when Ginobili has the Hayward assignment, he has to realize that's the one player on the Jazz that can't be ignored on the perimeter. Roaming off of Hayward to get a few steals simply isn't worth it.
    I feel like a C+ is a little harsh and can see Manu with a solid B. While he tapered off after that hot start, those passes to Splitter (with the missed layup, and Blair) kept the crowd in the game and a lot of energy in the building. When he came off the bench the Spurs were flat to say the least, then he comes in and throws those 2 dunks down and suddenly the place was rocking and it was as if Manu was saying "THIS is what a healthy Manu does in the playoffs"

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    Harris only averaged 27.6 minutes per game. It was even lower than that before Earl Watson got hurt.

    Truth is, Harris is best suited to be more of a spark plug than a starter. He is good at bursts of production but doesn't really have the stamina to hold up over the course of a game. He can get hot (like he did in April) and win a playoff series but Harris is never going to have much success playing 82 games and the playoffs in a high-minute, high-usage role.

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    Rewatching the game, here are some extra notes:

    -When Bonner dribbles, his court vision disappears. He missed Tiago WIDE open in the first half and Jack even WIDER open in the second half.
    I noticed that too.

    I watched in horror during the first half, as Bonner was dribbled into the paint, turned his back to the lane, while Splitter was standing under the basket wide open! In fact, I was screaming vociferously at my TV - as if he could hear me.

    You bring up a good point because this is going to be critical as the better defensive teams will continue to push Bonner off the 3-pt line. Even though he's evolved his game to incorporate both a dribble drive technique and a running hook - in fact he seems to enjoy it a bit - he STILL needs to keep his head up. Look for open teammates.

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    Thanks for the grades! I ran out of memory on my DVR and and I had the box on the wrong channel so I didn't get to rewind to catch the last few minutes : (.

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    Like Manu said, the Spurs hardly played brilliant, but in the end, they were never seriously in danger of losing the game. That's good enough for starters, especially if you haven't exactly been wildly successful in Game 1 over the last couple of years.

    Leonard and Green looked a bit timid at times, but that's not too unusual considering it's basically the first playoff game for both of them, and at least they didn't try to force anything.

    A couple of things in the first half that were not so good:
    - Too many offensive boards for the Jazz. The Spurs are normally much better than that.
    - Too many fastbreak points for Utah. That should actually be the other way round.
    - Not much success from downtown (well, this can always happen).
    But basically, the Spurs corrected most of those issues in the second half already, so no worries so far.

    Decent start to the playoffs, now take care of business in Game 2, guys.
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    Having Jax out there is like having two Manu's out there.

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    green and kawhi didnt look ready for the big time, hopefully wed

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