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    SAN ANTONIO.- Things were getting tough, and I donít have enough fingers in one hand to count the amount of reasons why that Game 5 victory against Portland was extremely valuable. I was tired, we avoided the time zone change that a potential Game 6 would require, we can rest, and thereís more time for Tony to heal from his injuryÖ And there was also the birthday of my twins, and thanks to the series being over, I can be with them in their dayÖ Theyíre out there, with the grandparents. They went out because itís like 80 degrees and it was impossible to keep them inside. Theyíre happy with their gifts, looking at them from top to bottom.

    And Portland went away. Incredibly, we won the series with certain tranquility. It wasnít easy because we had to work very hard to get the leads, but we win 4 to 1, and the four wins were by 15 points or more. Unthinkable. We played at a really high level in four of the five games. And if you add the last game against Dallas to the first three games against Portland, we had the best consecutive games in the season, and itís hard to play that many games without mistakes. On the next one the intensity and focus came down a bit, but we were able to get back on track on the last game. Iím extremely satisfied.

    The difference wasnít as much on what Portland did, but in the fact that we were more solid than we expected. We played a whole lot better than against Dallas. It was, I repeat, a bit unthinkable to win with such clarity, but itís welcome. About the wear and tear, it was difficult for me, because we were coming from a Game 7 and we started another series right away, and weíre playing every game with even more intensity. In this past series we played every other day, we had to travel 4 hours, and switch timezones. Obviously, an Argentine League player will tell me they travel by bus 15 hours. And thatís fine, Iím not complaining. But the way we traveled, after the 4th game we arrived at 4 or 5 in the morning, and the 5th game felt like a back to back. Let me remark: It was great to be able to win that game 5 and not have to go back to Portland.

    I donít read articles during the playoffs, but I heard about Lamarcus Aldrige commenting about our passing game. It was definitely part of the plan, but I thought we didnít do it that much. The objective was to play fast and move the ball a lot, because they have five players that average about 37 minutes per game, although they also are 15 years younger than me, lolÖ We had many more players to rotate and maintain the intensity, and be fresh to close the games. Weíre happy it worked well. Pop congratulated us for the great job we did. After the 4th game, he demanded we get back to our level for the 5th game, and after seeing we did that, he was very happy. Like everyone else.

    This is going to be my 7th Western Conference Finals. I obviously donít focus on that, but I know itís difficult to get here. There are players that never made it or made it very few times. That speaks volumes of the relevancy of this group of players and coach after so many years, 12 in my case, 13 in the case of Tony and 17 in the case of Tim. We we canít feel satisfied, and we have to fight for more.

    To do that we have to beat Oklahoma City, a tremendous team. Very intense and very athletic. They defend very well and they have a plus with Durant, that, when both teams have everything figured out, he can win a game or turn a game around all on his own. If both teams do the tactical part correctly and maintain the intensity, a guy with that kind of talent, like Lebron in Miami, Kobe back in the day, or Jordan years ago, can be the defining factor in a game. Thatís what makes them different. On top of that, the Oklahoma City roster is deep, has good length, and is younger than us. They play good defense, and now theyíll do it with more intensity than they did in the first two rounds, against Memphis and Clippers.

    In the fifth game against Los Angeles there was an unfortunate play for the Clippers. The ball went out of bounds off Reggie Jackson, from Oklahoma City, but before that he was fouled, which wasnít called. It wouldíve been better for the Clippers if the foul wouldíve been called, and they wouldíve had the last shot. Itís stuff that happen, is common that errors happen, but thereís nothing fishy going on. In this case it was widely reported because it was an important game, but it happens so many times in so many games that you normally donít stop to think about itÖ Itís very hard to referee a basketball game: the game is played so fast, and things happen in a tenth of a second. Itís not easy.

    As far as me, I thought I played much better in the series against Dallas, especially shooting. Against Portland I couldnít get a shot to go in. I couldnít knock it down in the entire series, yet, I thought I played well. Playing bad is what I did in Game 6 against Dallas. But against Portland I thought I helped, that I did what I was asked to do. Obviously, when your shots are going in you feel better and everything looks prettier. I hope to turn things around in this series. It will be more challenging, more physical, and because of that it will be more important to score more.

    Oklahoma City eliminated us in the 2012 Western Conference Finals. I remember, itís impossible to delete that from your memory. Some will take it as revenge, and some wonít, but I donít think it will influence too much what happens in this series. You just try not to repeat mistakes, and to play better.

    Similarly, Miami beat Indiana in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. Now, because of whatís at stake, Iím watching a bit more whatís happening in that conference. I havenít seen much of Miami because they were playing the same days we did, but I did follow Scola. It was extremely difficult to move on for Indiana, but everything starts at 0-0 now. They have a great opportunity, even more with home court advantage, although theyíre still not playing great at home. Itís a huge challenge, and anything can happen.

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    Per the usual, excuse any typos, and enjoy...

    Link to original article in spanish:
    http://canchallena.lanacion.com.ar/1...plus-de-durant
    Last edited by ElNono; 05-17-2014 at 02:16 AM. Reason: typos

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    Thanks Nono

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    Thanks for the transation as always!

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    Pretty cool

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    Gracias senor.

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    he doesn't sound too confident

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    he doesn't sound too confident
    Well he knows at some point he's going to be subbed in and so that causes him to lose a bit of confidence in the outcome.

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    Thanks for the translation! Always appreciated ElNono!

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    Translation: I play wildly out of control making bad decisions that hurt my team... You know....so-so. But since I USED to be good and can write in Spanish/Portuguese I get a pass for my suckiness. I am laughing all the way to the bank, homers.

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    Translation: I play wildly out of control making bad decisions that hurt my team... You know....so-so. But since I USED to be good and can write in Spanish/Portuguese I get a pass for my suckiness. I am laughing all the way to the bank, homers.
    why? not only was your prediction horribly wrong during the regular season, it's also wrong in the playoffs.. plus you said we weren't winning a le.. you aren't right on that yet either.

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    why? not only was your prediction horribly wrong during the regular season, it's also wrong in the playoffs.. plus you said we weren't winning a le.. you aren't right on that yet either.

    GTFO. Dude played five minutes a game. Any time he tries to go more he pulls a hamstring.

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    GTFO. Dude played five minutes a game. Any time he tries to go more he pulls a hamstring.
    so? that doesn't stop your prediction from being horribly wrong.

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    "In the Portland series, I think I did what I was asked to do"

    Pop: "Manu, get in there and stall the offense, it looks like Portland could use a run"

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    "In the Portland series, I think I did what I was asked to do"

    Pop: "Manu, get in there and stall the offense, it looks like Portland could use a run"

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    Thanks el Dude!

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    "In the Portland series, I think I did what I was asked to do"

    Pop: "Manu, get in there and stall the offense, it looks like Portland could use a run"

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    In Manu we trust!

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    Translation: I play wildly out of control making bad decisions that hurt my team... You know....so-so. But since I USED to be good and can write in Spanish/Portuguese I get a pass for my suckiness. I am laughing all the way to the bank, homers.
    translation: if the team needs me I'll be there.

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    I'm guessing this was done before news of Ibaka's injury came out. I would have expected Manu to comment on that.

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    Thanks for the translation, Nono.

    I always enjoy what Manu has to say. He is a good interview.

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    translation: if the team needs me I'll be there.

    Where was he in the Finals?

    Good luck with that fantasy....

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    Thanks for the translation, Nono.

    I always enjoy what Manu has to say. He is a good interview.
    Wish he was half as consistent a player (in a good way) as he is an interviewee...

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    Well he knows at some point he's going to be subbed in and so that causes him to lose a bit of confidence in the outcome.
    DMC

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    Well he knows at some point he's going to be subbed in and so that causes him to lose a bit of confidence in the outcome.

    How did I miss this one? Brilliant!

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    Manu with the admission that, like everybody else, he doesn't give a about what happens in the East before the conference finals

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