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5.16 The Cooler

LeBron & Wade Can’t Deliver; The Spurs Have Won 15 Straight Games

By 05.16.12
Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan (photo. Jonathan Mannion)

When was the last time you watched a championship favorite EASILY win a playoff game with their MVP candidate making one shot the entire game? The Spurs ran circles around the Clippers, 108-92, and Tony Parker finished with all of seven points while hitting just one basket. That’s because Manu Ginobili (22 points) made enough big shots to keep the Clippers honest, and at 36 years old Tim Duncan is still out there mashing young’ns and getting people to shave his likeness into their head. If you ever needed evidence that experience is more important than athleticism, you should’ve seen the Big Swim (26 points, 10 rebounds) destroying Blake Griffin last night. At this rate in his 15th season, Duncan might become the first person to ever unlock all of the career achievements on 2KKawhi Leonard (16 points) drilled two corner triples to start the second half and if it wasn’t for Caron Butler (15 points) forgetting he lost his game about three years ago, the game would’ve been over. Sadly, it only prolonged the inevitable. Chris Paul was on the bench before the third quarter was even over, and L.A. had to live with the fact that Eric Bledsoe (23 points) was by far their best player. Quite honestly, when you give up a dozen rebounds to Boris Diaw, you deserve to lose, and even after their four guard, desperation lineup damaged San Antonio in the fourth quarter, the Clippers did so quite emphatically … Between Blake Griffin (15 points, nine boards) and DeAndre Jordan (who actually had seven rebounds within the first 10 minutes of the game), the Clippers nearly had more dunks in the first quarter than the San Antonio crowd had seen all year. Even the bench picked up where they left off in Game 7 in Memphis. Nick Young made a couple of Swaggy P plays – hitting ridiculous shots while being fouled – and Bledsoe had a couple of steals and rebounds over big guys, keeping himself in line to become one of the offseason’s most hyped young players due to his postseason run (he later had a put-back dunk that was freakish). It felt like L.A. was playing out of their minds just to keep up, and yet when a 9-0 San Antonio run came in the second quarter, the Spurs had opened up some breathing room. The Spurs were running a clinic offensively, and made seven of 11 triples in the first half. They eventually tied a franchise postseason record with 13, which delivered their 15th-straight win … And Steve Francis actually tweeted this last night: “When you see something thats not real then you know whats fake #yupp.” TNT should replace Shaq with the Franchise … We’re out like Miami’s role players.

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