Sunday, May 08, 2005

Playoffs: 1st Round

There were plenty of questions heading into the first round. How good Tim and Manu are feeling? Could Rasho and Devin see some playing time and be effective? How Barry is going to work-out? Is Nuggets' frontline is for real? etc.
Game 1 was a disappointment if not ringing an alarm. Started wondering if this Free Throw shooting is going to cost us big time. On a positive note, we couldn't have played any worse and were still had a chance to win.

Pop pulled a fantastic trick out of his brain to move Manu on to the bench - I'm sure no other coach/analyst who is following the series would have ever thought about it. In the hindsight though, we all tend to agree that it was not just a fluke but a well thought-out move considering Devin is almost not going to be there and we badly needed a lift.

There weren't any surprises in 3,4 and 5 - as Pop and Manu had literally brought the George Karl and the Nuggets down in game 2. The rest of the series was more about Coach Karl's blah-blah's, K-mart's crybaby antics. Honestly, more than Spurs defeating Nuggets, it was about Pop hitting a knock-out punch on Karl - Karl was really clueless what was happening in the series.

Funny Nuggets and their fans turned big time on Manu (more than what they did for Kobe) - It's crap because this guy represents what basketball is all about - he is truly amazing!! It's not just the homer in me (or any Spurs fan) that feels this way, but any true basketball fan would love to watch Manu.

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