Tony Parker netted 41 points in the Spurs’ 115-99 win over the Suns in Game 3 of the First Round action to bulk up the series, virtually putting it away with a 3-0 series lead for San Antonio, seeing as no team has ever came back from such a deficit.
People will still doubt the Spurs. I know it looks unlikely, but they will. A lot of big time ‘homers’ picked the Cavaliers to defeat them in the 2007 NBA Finals. Wasn’t even close. Idiots picked the Suns to beat them in this year’s first round series. Those idiots were the majority, too, of America. On ESPN’s Sports Nation poll from a week ago, it asked, “Who will win the Spurs/Suns series?” Upon reading I was appalled. 59 percent selected the Suns. 43 percent picked the Spurs.
America is enamored with instant highlights. That’s why people selected the Suns more than the Spurs, despite the fact that the Spurs ousted the Suns in the 2005 Western Conference Finals in five games and again in the 2007 Western Conference Semi Finals in six games. People want the Suns’ style of basketball to work so badly that they pick them to win regardless of their opponent’s competence.
To win in the playoffs, it’s not all about skill. You need drive, mental toughness, discipline, and most importantly, a brain for basketball. And you can’t tell me the old ass Spurs, as a whole, do not have that. I don’t care how old they are, how much more slumped and dumbed down they looked this February/March compared to how badly they looked in the same said months in previous years. They are the defending world champions. They are a dynasty. They are what they are — the highest winning percentage of any professional sports team since 1999.
Do you wonder why Tony Parker netted the 41 points? It’s mostly because of the Suns’ God-awful defense, but there’s another case. The reason why he was the 2007 NBA Finals MVP. Tim Duncan is that reason. If you watched the game tonight, you would have noticed that the vast majority of Parker’s points came off of when Duncan would pace to the post, the Suns’ D would draw and react, applying two guards at the top of the court — near the perimeter — to attack Parker, while Amare Stoudemire or Shaquille O’Neal would stand by Duncan. With that happening, other Spurs’ players would be easily open, further causing the Suns to be skeptical and begin to sit back more often than not. Worrying about running into a Duncan pick, Parker would cross them up, lace up, and hit a swinging jump shot.
America, please, understand that the Spurs are easily the better team than the Suns.