What an Opener...Cats’ are pitchin’ a bitch2012 NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS Tue May 29, 2012 | 9:10 PM, EDT | TNT-TVAT+T Center | San Antonio, TexasGAME #2 | WCF2 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER1 SAN ANTONIO SPURS (San Antonio Spurs Lead Series, 1-0)Thunder really let Game 1 slip thru their fingersw/SAS’s 2ND shift grasping for answers, Pop’s Prolific Band of Bench forces (Particularly Spurs’ Super-Rook’, Leonard was at wits end w/what to do w/”35/Blue”)Were truly staggering w/about 15 Minutes to Play SAS was suddenly unable to get many ‘TRUE’ stops Yet – as we all know, (Fitting Coaching colloquial)SAN ANTONIO, ‘HELD ONTO THEIR GUTS’If San Antonio has few answers for Kevin Durant, Likewise MUST be said for OKC vs. SAS Pick-n-RollSURE, Ibaka is NBA’s #1 Shot Blocker (3.7/Gm)As Dr O’Neal astutely points out, Shot Blockers bring 2 differing (primary) styles,
1. BIGGEST of BIGS/BRUTE POWER, Straight up-Types (Bynum | Hibbert | Howard)
2. WEAKSIDE, QUICK-FEET Guys (IBAKA | J McGee | Josh Smith)
Ibaka was presumably in Duncan’s head early, SAS quickly adjusted (OKC 8 Blk 1H | OKC 1 Blk 2H (Ibaka 2 TTL)
Not only will we see a steady diet of SAS Surgical Pick-n-RollEspecially after Spurs nailed a spectacular 22 FG’s at RIM (Additionally, 57.9% of SAS Made FG’s were Made at RIM)SAS 22-33 at Rim | 16-49 Jumpers
We also should see continual PACE we saw in Game 1
BOTH TEAMS arguably got what they wanted offensively Accomplishments = More of the same
Also, SAS gets to line an Avg amount, Yet, Spurs MUST obtain more than FOUR Made FT’s thru 33 Min (as they did in Game 1)
Both Benches continue their sensational productionOKC 37 PTS (51.7%) | SAS 52 PTS (59%)BOTH Benches shot 6-13 from Deep (45.4% Each)
Not surprising, as each Team came in at #1 & #2 Playoff FG &Both Teams are in LOWEST Half of 16 Playoff TeamsIn FG Defense (#8 | #10)
REALLY like OVER here
2½ UNITOKLAHOMA CITYSAN ANTONIO | OVER 201 (Bet-365)____________½ UNITOKLAHOMA CITYSAN ANTONIO -4½_________All the best, guys
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OKC was +11 with Sefalosha on the floor, and -11 with Harden on the floor. Harden can't cover Ginobilli, and his stats looked good because of end of game 3's, but he's really had 3 straight bad games. If Sefalosha gets more minutes OKC will likely give up at least 5-10 points.
Great Analysis with you on the Spurs
All the best, Steven!
Good stuff beav
Thanks, guys. Been buried for last 10 hours..I truly appreciate the positive feedback. This one is straddling the Line Mid 3RD.
Looking for any sort of reason to NOT cash w/Heat tonight. Not finding it yet.