SPURS VS WARRIORS

Warriors beat the Spurs last night 136-100 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Golden State now leads the series 2-0 as they head to Texas.

Here’s Pop after the game:

“It’s not about O’s and X’s or rebounds or turnovers or anything like that. I think we’ve maybe felt it too much, Kawhi being gone, in the sense that I don’t think … as I watched, I don’t think they believed and you have to believe. I don’t think, as a group, they really did. Which means probably a little bit feeling sorry for themselves, you know, psychologically, subconsciously, whatever psychobabble word you want to use. That’s the way I process it.

I don’t think they started the game with the belief … I don’t think it was one guy who didn’t believe and he infected everybody else or anything like that. I think, as a group, they just let themselves down. We talked about it during the game, halftime, after the game – because I think the truth always quote unquote ‘sets you free.’

You can’t sugar coat it or say ‘if we would have just made a couple shots, we’d have been right there.’ That’s pretty lame. So call it like it is. We didn’t come to play, we felt sorry for ourselves. We need to get slapped and come back and play Game 3 and see who we are.”

Always play the right way…

Hoops135@hotmail.com

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MANU

I think it was Rudy Tomjanovich who said, “don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.”

How about our guy Manu Ginobili last night? Well this champ has a huge heart.

Against the Houston Rockets in Game 5, the “old man” came up with a huge defensive play on the game’s last possession.

He blocked James Harden’s potential game-tying three.

Spurs held on 110-107 to take a 3-2 lead as the series shifts to Houston.

Hats off to Manu – the guy came up big last night.

How about the Spurs “assists to turnovers” last night?

24 assists – only 7 turnovers.

Always play the right way.

Hoops135@hotmail.com

 

NBA ACTION IS FANTASTIC

Saturday: 4/15/17

Basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court…

-Kurtis Blow

It’s here.  First day of the NBA playoffs. Flush the records down the toilet.

Pacers at Cavaliers, 3 p.m. ABC
Bucks at Raptors, 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Grizzlies at Spurs, 8 p.m. ESPN
Jazz at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN

For each game I will be charting the foul or defend. Three-point shooting and assists to turnovers.

Enjoy the games…

Coach Finamore

Hoops135@hotmail.com

 

GREGG POPOVICH

Following a game winning shot by Kawhi Leonard:

“He does that every night. I mean, everybody worked hard. Kawhi is obviously a talented young man, and he knocked down the last shot. But it’s always a team effort. I thought we hung tough. We didn’t play that sharp. Usually, your first game after a long road trip is pretty tough. We didn’t shoot well in the first half, and they hung in there. The mental toughness showed. They just kept playing, kept playing. We made a lot of mistakes, but they played through them. That was the best part of the game.”

THE MENTAL SIDE

Gregg Popovich after the Spurs lost to the Mavericks:

“Too many mental errors defensively. I thought we did a really poor job discipline-wise. . Too many weak-side errors defensively where they got to the rim too easily. You know, we scored points. I know we got 100 points, 101 points, that’s fine, but the mental mistakes were really costly.” 

THE SHOOTING MACHINE

“The Gun.” Every team at the high school, college and pro level has one. At East Lansing High School we have two. Lots of players love to use them. It takes a little work to set it up and some work to break it down. But Timmy Duncan, well he will not let anyone else do it. Read below…

The Guns

R.C. Buford spoke with Adrian Wojnarowski on the Vertical  Podcast with Woj and what happens when Tim Duncan is finished his shooting workout

Transcript via “Pounding the Rock.” http://www.poundingtherock.com/2016/7/20/12211278/transcript-r-c-bufords-emotional-tim-duncan-interview

Woj: Some of your staff once told me, probably may not a big thing for the people outside of the organization, the actual shooting machine, he always folds it up himself… not looking for the an intern or staff guy right? Folds it up and back into the closet.

RC: He won’t let other people do his work. I think it emphasizes his humility. But it’s also a great example for new people in the gym to see.