Friday , May , 16 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs Force Game Seven with Win over Hornets


Spurs Force Game Seven with Win over Hornets

[Note: Crossposted from the SB Nation Blog At the Hive]

Obviously not the way I drew up Game 6. Gregg Popovich finally went to the Duncan on West switch, and boy did it pay off for them. If anyone wants to question Timothy’s countless All-Defensive Team credentials, they should be directed to footage of this game, specifically his footwork. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a 7 footer (let alone that he is a 32 year old in his 11th season) move laterally better than that in my life. I mean, Kevin Garnett could be taking lessons from this guy, that’s how good he was. But enough with the hyperbole.

Matthew of Pounding the Rock made a great point pre-game- putting TD on DX might fire up West emotionally, a bad thing for us. And that’s exactly what happened. DX lost his head after that quick succession of foul calls (I’ll do a post about the foul calls later). Duncan’s defense got into his head. But I’d like to point out the awesomeness of CP3 at this juncture. What other 23 year old could grab the attention of every player on his team, calmly explain the situation to them, and then rally his guys back? If we could’ve just made some open shots, this game was there for the taking. We have Chris Paul’s composure to thank for that.

And then there was the Robert Horry play: I believe it was totally 100% intentional. I believe it was a malicious play. I don’t care that Mark Jackson called it a "playoff foul." Answer me this- what reason did Horry have to push West in the back as he was backpedalling? One, West was totally out of position, stumbling backwards. Two, Horry had the inside offensive possession to the hoop. Three, there was no way he was setting a screen, because the guard had already gotten past his defender and Horry and West were a good distance from the play. Spurs fans have been calling the Hornets "classless." Tell your "7 time NBA Champion" to exhibit some class before ever speaking on the subject again. Horry knew about West’s severe back pain. He knew West was totally out of the play defensively. After this game, I know that Robert Horry is a classless individual.

But back to the game itself- homecourt advantage continued to take its toll on the visiting team. This contest was far, far closer than the final score will say. We consistently got wide open looks in the third only to lay brick after brick. Meanwhile, they got good looks too, and they drilled ’em. Story of the night, story of the night

[Note: Crossposted from the SB Nation Blog At the Hive]

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