The flagrant foul wasnt faked, but Tony's embellishment sure was. Ginobili didnt just give a hard swat - he grabbed Allen's forearm and pulled down to follow through. That's the textbook definition of a flagrant 1. As for Tony's response, I fully expect him to get a call/fine from the league for his antics after the foul.
As for the rest of your post, I know the Spurs aren't the Clippers, but we've been in this situation before - as little as 3 weeks ago. In the same way too. Blowout loss in game 1, close loss in game 2. Down 2-0, we won the series. How? Adjustments. We made them in the 3rd quarter last night and the rest of the game was a completely different story.
Your spurs protected home, which is what they were expected to do. So congrats. But, you'll find out how good we are at protecting our home court too. As the saying goes, the series doesn't start until someone loses at home.
My thoughts exactly. I couldn't believe they were trying to describe it as "looks like Durant might have possibly tripped on Allen's foot" when replays clearly showed Durant falling down as a result of initiating and anticipating contact only to find air. DailyThunder also refused to admit Allen "pulled the chair," saying he tripped.
Great no-call by the refs, who called an overall consistent game last night. Something else I was thrilled to see...them not calling a foul when QPon stole the ball from Durant when he tried to do his patented "rip" move in the 2nd quarter. He gets that call 99% of the time, even though it's complete B.S. loophole that the league amazingly refuses to address.
@JLB and @GroveReb84
The reason Collison isnt on the court more is his lack of production with anything other than frustrating Randolph. Last night: 15 min, 0 pts, 0 reb, 6 fouls
It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Thunder's strategy is to use as many fouls as possible to stop Zach/Marc. It was the second straight game that Collison, Ibaka and Perk all finished with at least 4 fouls. ThaBust even got 13 minutes just because the other 3 were running out of fouls to give.
And it almost worked for the second straight game too, because we barely hit more than half our foul shots in game 1 and, for the first 3Qs last night, we werent doing any better from the line. They are going to keep fouling us, strategy or not, so we HAVE to start hitting them.
I have no doubt we will see more in the next game of TA on Durant, with Zach/Marc swarming in on help defense if Durant tries to post up. It worked almost flawlessly in the last 4-5 minutes of the game. Hollins is stubborn but knows how to adjust when he must. See: Hollins' refusal to put TA on Paul in the first 2 games of the Clippers series.
Love how media is saying the Grizz came out of nowhere in the playoffs. From Jane 1 until the end of the regular season, here are the records of the 4 teams left in the West:
And that is WITH the Grizz tanking the last two games to play the Spurs. So, when we beat the Spurs, it obviously meant that they were washed up, despite the league's second-most regular season wins at 61. When we turned around 36 hours later and beat media darlings OKC on their own court in game 1, it was a fluke because now they are sticking to their guns about OKC winning the series. If we make it to the western conf. finals against either DAL or LA, it will be more of the same. If we keep winning, we will be underdogs all the way until we win it all or get bounced. Personally, I like it. I think Z-bo and Co. are feeding off of the disrespect.
The Nets getting rid of Yi scares me. I really think they are going to make a strong run at Rudy, and Im not sure we can (or will) afford to match. However, I am encouraged by Heisley's (to media) and Wallace's public insistance (yesterday on Verno's show) of resigning Gay. Wallace especially, is generally very diplomatic and unwavering in his refusal to publicly commit to any basketball operations moves until after theyre made official. So, if we were to let Gay go, it seems both he and Heisley would take a LOT of harsh criticism from media and fans alike. Chris, do you agree that this is an encouraging sign towards resigning Rudy?
I don't understand why some folks in here think Deng would be a better option than gay. First off, deng us currently locked into the same type of bloated contract people are saying Rudy doesn't deserve (something like 4 yrs, 51 million left). All that AND deng is older than gay, not as good of a volume scorer or 3pt shooter and not as good a defensive player (in terms of steals + blocks). As for not being able to get something better from the draft, heisley and Wallace have a three-year plan, remember? Re-signing Rudy is a big component of that. Even if there was someone at 12 that was sure to be an effective replacement for gay (there wasnt), that still would have set the team back at least another year or three while he developed. Gay may have trouble with his motor, but he is still a special talent. There is a reason that he is one if the most-coveted FA in the class this year after bron, bosh and wade. Someone will make him a nice offer. It would be stupid forbid not to match or at least explore a sign and trade got someone decent (not deng).
the "keep gay" talk is more about "who the hell will we get to replace him" than "I think he is so good he deserves the money." No free agent wants to come to Memphis. It is a small market, a smaller city than most NBA cities, the front office is a mess and Heisley is more concerned about his ledger balance than putting a winning product on the floor. Let me ask you this...if we let gay go, what other SF will we get in the FA class to replace him that will a) come for the same amount of money we will end up paying gay and b) put up the same kind of stats? I will be the first to admit that Gay's attitude and heart are severely lacking, but I am also realistic as to who we have a shot at getting to replace him...no one. Automatically rule out the big ones...bosh, bron, wade, stoudamire. Then go ahead and rule out Joe Johnson too. Tell me who is left, then go ahead and rule them out too.
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