Thursday , Apr , 26 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Tim Duncan Comes Up Big In Game 2 Win

Tim Duncan’s clutch play in game two preserved the Spurs’ victory … With the series tied 1-1, we’ve got your game three adjustments and breakdown … Will Melo and A.I. bounce back from their shooting woos? … How can San Antonio avoid another fourth quarter meltdown … Where’s Denver’s bench? … Click here for the answers to these questions and more analysis ….

What Happened: saved game two for . And he may have also saved the Spurs’ season.

San Antonio nearly squandered a fifteen point-fourth quarter lead and had to rely on several late baskets from Duncan to preserve a 97-88 win over .

With the win, the Spurs avoided a two-game deficit and evened the series at 1-1. Duncan finished with 22 points and 5 rebounds. But 7 of his points came in the game’s final frame, when Denver made their push.
and also had strong performances. Parker chipped in with 20 points and 6 assists, while Ginobili scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half.

Denver, once again, gave San Antonio an extremely competitive game. The Nuggets were led by ’s 26 points and 10 rebounds. scored 20 points and added 17 points to go with 7 rebounds. chipped in with 10 points and 18 boards.

Game 3 will be played Saturday in Denver.

Reaction of San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili on winning:
"A sense of urgency is what kept us matching that aggressiveness. Today we were much more aggressive. We fight for loose balls and boards and that’s what we’ve got to do every single game." (ESPN)

Reaction of San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich on the game’s intensity:
"You had two basketball teams knocking it out and we were able to get the lead and hang on. We were able to hang on more than anything." (CNNSI)

Reaction of Denver guard Allen Iverson on his team fighting back:
“I feel good about our situation. I feel good about being down the way we were tonight and fighting back. That showed them a lot and it showed us a lot." (ESPN)

My Take: I think Denver struggles when Anthony and Iverson shoot a poor percentage. These guys are volume shooters, meaning they’ll always get their points because they take so many shots.

So opponents shouldn’t worry about Anthony and Iverson scoring. However, they should worry when these two hit a high percentage of their field goal attempts. For example, Denver wins game one because the dynamic duo makes over fifty percent of their shots. And Denver loses game two because Melo and The Answer connect on just 17 of 46 shot attempts.

J.R. Smith and Linas Kleiza need to get on track for Denver. In game two, they scored just 5 points combined. The Nuggets need their bench scorers to make shots and provide energy.

Michael Finley is so important for San Antonio. He chipped in with 14 points and 7 rebounds. But, most importantly, he provided a calming presence for the Spurs.

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