Saturday, May 21, 2005

Playoffs: 2nd Round

Coming into the Sonics series, Spurs expected it's going to be different ball game than the previous round - real physical battle with hard-fouling big bodies that the sonics are going to throw at them.

To me, Sonics mentally lost the battle before the start of the series - Ray Allen crying about he can't play well against Bruce because of his sissy basketball, refs allowing Bruce to get away with all he does. etc. I mean I can't seem to recall a superstar (btw, tag is questionable to Ray considering what superstars are supposed to do in the playoffs - carry the team) bitching more about others than what he can do on the hardwood. Seriously, Did anyone outside of the coffee-town bought his crying?

Spurs did what they were supposed to do in games 1 and 2. I was expecting them to win at least one in Seattle. Missed shot from Duncan on the last possesion of game 3 gave sonics some life and credit them, for they fed off from it and played a solid game 4 to even the series.

There had been so much talk Radmonovic - like if he was not injured, Sonics would have pounded Spurs, etc. But going by his strength of 3-pt shooting I doubt it'd have been that much of a factor as Spurs typically defend the 3-pt shooting well. Yeah he'd have been a difference, but I never thought Sonics had a reasonable shot winning the series although they were the toughest matchups.

Games 5 and 6 were hard-fought battles and I am glad Spurs came through.

You got to love Nazr stepping up and playing some good ball. The guy is so spurs-like, I don't even recall that he joined Spurs only recently.

It was nice to see Antonio Daniles shining through (you can't stop loving some ex-spurs - can you?) . Hopefully he lands a good deal for himself this summer.

While Spurs advance to the next round, Sonics have a tough off-season to take care of - proiorities being re-signing coach Nate and deciding on the roster that is currently full of free agents.

It's going be a hell of a conference finals with Suns and I feel NBA has a lot to gain from the series - Two talented teams minus BS going at each other trying to impose their style of play.

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