Wednesday, May 17, 2006

all we need is lo.., er, 3 wins...

the spurs (and with myself) are in very deep troubles.
they face some very hard obstacles:
*at first, never-missing dirk yes-witzki.
fake... pull... yes, 2 pts.
spin... flip... yes, 2 pts and a foul.
trey... swish... YES!
when dirk is in his shootin' groove, he's virtually UNSTOPPABLE.
*then some young speedster named devin harris.
*high-flying josh howard.
*the monsters dampier & diop patrolling underneath the basket.
*oh, and what to say about j-terry or j-stackhouse?
*add a little bit of help from guys like daniels, armstrong, griffin,
mbenga, etc.
*and most importantly - their own sheep nicknamed aj.
i don't do a mistake when i state that the spurs and the mavs are two
elite teams and able to win the series against each other.
but, this may-series don't seem so evened.
my defending champs clearly see it, too, from 3-1 down and the brink
of elimination.
dallas uses its athleticism, length, aggression, perseverance and
most of all belief to kick spurs butts.
the score could be 0-4 for the mavericks, but could be even 3-1 for
san antonio, because three games were decided in the final minutes
of the battles.
let's face it, the spurs have never won a series they've trailed after
three games.
that's a big reason for sadness and frustration, and they're not goin'
to play new york knicks 3 consecutive games (if they can survive g5,
further g6 in the hostile environment of dallas fans).
mm, maybe the things are even worse than they look.
it's time for be the best with the back against the thick wall or go
on the vacation.
and here are some interesting sport quotes, which can help people when
they're down (i decided to write quotes without their inventors and
with some supplemetary word of optimism):
-you have to expect things of yourselves before you can do them (let's
go beat the mavs thrice!)
-the way a team plays as a whole determines its success.
you may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but
if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime (chill
out and play the spurs basketball!).
-adversity cause some men to break, others to break records (c'mon,
beat them with defense!).
-sweat plus sacrifice equals success.
-it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight
in the dog.
-besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart and mind, confidence is the
key to all the locks.
-the will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
-ask not what your teammates can do for you.
ask what you can do for your teammates.
-set your goals high and don't stop till you get there.
-the difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's
-you can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge.
-if you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.
-the principle is competing against yourself.
it's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day
-you need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again,
and then losing becomes a habit.
-concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it
is absolutely necessary.
-the only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
-before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.
-the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of
strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
-the winners in life think constantly in terms of i can, i will and i
losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what
they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.
i know, it's hard to win only 1 more game against dallas, and 3 gms...
it looks like to beat the x-headed dragon.
but everything's possible.
the next game, game5 will be broadcasted on the galaxie-sport tv.
let's try to win three in a row and if no, i'll congratulate the
mavs, with full wish of happiness in the nba finals.
in that case, i wish avery johnson all the best and diamond ring.
in any case, i love him.
(and the revenge is sweet, remember it in the next yr's playoffs.)
it remains only to believe, indeed, they've won three battles of four -
but the war isn't over yet.
there may be some issues about the spurs healthness, there may be some
bad calls from refs in the crunch-time, but the right spur is never
concerned about it.
good god, give the spurs energy and enough skill to win game5, game6
and game7.
PLEASE; i'll be praying for them the whole time.

charley rosen about td
for the spurs, tim duncan is always the hub of both their offense and
forget about duncan's rather pedestrian numbers, he either handles the
ball or sets the vital screen on virtually every half-court
in the low post, duncan sometimes spins quickly to the baseline to
avoid the incoming double team or waits until the two-timers arrive
before calmly making the appropriate pass.
and when the doublers are late or absent, he reaches into his bag of
tricks for jump hooks, wrong-legged flips, fadeaway jumpers and
devastating drop steps.
besides his obvious talent, there are three key components to td's
career-long successes in the pivot:
his ability to use his elbows and his hips to dislodge erstwhile
defenders, his court awareness and his incredible patience.
if he could make his free throws on a regular basis and shoot a higher
percentage on his vastly overrated banked jumpers, duncan would be the
perfect big man.
did i mention his unselfishness?
slow-moving bigs have no chance to impede his ability to create shots
for himself, but duncan knows when to turn down short jumpers in favor
of passing to other unguarded teammates.
and he's an even better passer at the high post, where delivering the
rock to back-cutters is his specialty.
at either spot he presents an easy target for entry passes; he can seal
his defender as well as shaq and he always meets the ball.
from the foul line, td drives right or left and badly beats his
defenders and he sets spine-tingling screens.
duncan even works gorgeous give-and-goes with parker or ginobili.
if his teammates don't hit their outside shots, duncan easily can
score 20, 30 or however many points the spurs need to shut down their
duncan is just as effective on defense.
clogging the middle.
rotating along the baseline to stifle the foes.
always helping.
always moving.
here's the play from the game6 in sacramento that demonstrates what
makes td such a transcendent player:
on one third-quarter sequence, the spurs were already up by 16 points
when ginobili missed a jumper.
despite the score and despite the fact that four kings were clustered
in the lane, duncan still made three hard, fruitless leaps in hopes of
capturing the offensive rebound.

p.s.: in the playoffs, he who lives by the jump shot, dies. (- charley
p.s.2: merely to approach larry bird you need a tall guy who shoots
like dirk nowitzki and passes like boris diaw.
as individuals, neither can rebound or pilfer passes like bird.
but as dirk diaw - the game's first four-handed euro hybrid - all
things are possible. (- dennis hans)
p.s.3: to prevent further injury to his privates, raja bell is advised
to wear a protective cup, and to avoid guarding reggie evans.
(- charley rosen)
p.s.4: if there ever was a series primed to extend into three overtimes in the
seventh game, this is it [spurs vs. mavs].
it's christmas in may! (-charley rosen)
p.s.5: told that aj was hoping the series could be decided by a
full-court game of one-on-one between the head coaches, popovich
*that's because he knows how he used to humiliate me when i was an
assistant coach,* pop said.
*he'd call me out on the court because he wanted to build his
p.s.6: *he's [b. bowen] never tired,* ginobili said.
*i don't know how he does it.*
p.s.7: asked about bowen's defense on nowitzki, a. johnson said:
*it's what you call 'bearhug defense'.
that's the new nba rule: bearhug defense.
that's pretty much what's going on.
i've got to formulate or simulate a drill to help [nowitzki].*
someone began to ask, *by bearhug, do you mean...*
aj jumped back in.
*you know what a bearhug is?* he asked.
*if a bear comes up to you and hugs you, what is he going to do?
it's a bearhug defense.
i don't even have to use my new orleans slang for that description.*
o.s.8: *it's like superman vs. bizarro superman,* brent barry said on
the spurs-mavs matchup.
*that's what i liken it to.
up is down.
down is up.
left is right.
*bizarro superman has a backward 's' and talks backwards.
he sounds a lot like beno [udrih]: 'good day you have?'
things like that.*

Written by Foreigner in CS - May 16 2006 4:08PM

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