Friday, November 23, 2007
Where Magic Happens: Kobe Is Genius
Nah, I'm not gonna talk Bryant here, rather about my casual diary of wednesday's Magic-Spurs duel. That marks the second diary of all times at this blogsite. So why I stuck that headline up? The last line of this blog features my buddy's new wisdom. Yea, about KB24.
We're in the SPURROOM, our silver and black den, which smells "like a coyote's den". Valdes is here, Pieter, Coco as well. Marco is lost somewhere southward of our town. George is not present, too, because he can't stand JJ Redick making the NBA (*I got a ban on JJ's games, 'cos I'm actually better than him. Anytime he misses an open J, I slam my head against walls.*). And finally, our last member's report card: Enrico is in the Czech republic and having a good time with his girl. We're one week removed when he joins her movement against 'SADB', Stupid Abnormal Drunkish Boys.
This is how my Top 5 Drawer List (Spurs versus who) changed this season:
5. la lakers
Note: remember my well-known "mantra" - the team that leads in the halftime of big, tight game, especially playoffs game, always loses.
Our beloved Spurs have won six of their last seven games heading into tonight's meeting with the upstart Orlando Magic at the AT&T Center.
Ian Mahinmi (on his way to Austin Toros of NBDL) and Robert Horry are listed as inactive for Spurs tonight. I like Mahinmi, he's a big big-man talent. Big Shot Rob is supposed to wear number 25 this season. I'm eager to see when that happens. Imagine Horry sleeping all regular season, than trotting out on the playoffs hardwood and sinking Suns' chances in G7... magical.
FIRST QUARTER Review
Could this be the season that Orlando come out on top? I think coach Stan VG is a good guy for this young team, they got plenty of time to improve and in two or three seasons can be really dominant. After finishing below .500 last season, Orlando has a 10-2 start to this campaign. SVG, FA pickup Lewis, Jameer Nelson... Dwight H... has registered 7 games with 15 or more caroms! What a team, indeed.
-Michael Finley hit two 3-pointers in the first four minutes to help the Spurs get started.
-Manu Ginobili entered the game at the 6:59 mark. He hit his first basket off an inbounds pass just two seconds later.
-Keith Bogans hit 3-pointers from opposite sides of the perimeter on back-to-back possessions to give the Magic a 23-15 lead.
KB (Keith Bogans) is very underrated. He can play D and be a stopper they sorely need. Plus he's got a nice 3-point stroke. I like him a lot.
-Hedo Turkoglu, a former Spur, scored 10 points to lead the Magic to a 34-30 lead at the end of the first quarter. Dwight Howard added eight points and nine rebounds.
DH is an awesome big man, especially when you look at his young age. He dunks like Coco drinks beer, as easy as it can be done.
***What We Talked During 1stQtr***
... The NBA is full of surprises so far, including The Shaq Decline. It's a shame that such a great (and large) player averages only 6.8 rebounds per game in 28 minutes per contest!
SECOND QUARTER Review
-Ginobili and Brent Barry each hit a 3-pointer as the Spurs opened the second quarter with a 12-2 run to take back the lead, 42-36.
-Howard's rebound at the 7:12 mark of the second quarter gave him a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Tim Duncan at the same stage of the game had six points and two rebounds.
-Ginobili hit a jumper and Barry followed with a 3-pointer as the Spurs extended their lead to 49-42.
-Parker scored the Spurs' last eight points of the second quarter and was the only Spur to score in the last four minutes of the half. Parker had 15 points in the half and Ginobili had 12.
-Orlando's Bogans hit four 3-pointers for 12 points in the half. Turkoglu had 16 points. Howard had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the Magic shot 64.1 percent from the field to take a 64-57 halftime lead over the Spurs.
***What We Talked During 2ndQtr***
... Jamario Moon, a former employee of ABA, CBA, NBADL or USBL. He's athletic enough and a super engine booster for Toronto Raptors.
THIRD QUARTER Review
-Orlando's Rashard Lewis hit two 3-pointers to start the third quarter. The Spurs got two 3-pointers from Bruce Bowen to answer.
-Duncan was more aggressive in the third quarter, scoring five points in the first seven minutes and defensively slowing Howard.
-Parker made four driving baskets in a stretch of less than four minutes of the third quarter.
-Ginobili completed a rare four-point play with 2:01 left in the third quarter to give the Spurs an 88-83 lead.
-Ginobili scored scored the Spurs' last nines point of the third quarter as they finished the period with a 93-90 lead.
***What We Talked During 3rdQtr***
... Kelenna Azubuike is a surprisingly good part of Don Nelson's freewheeling Warriors. He's averaging 17 ppg with 47% shooting! He's our 2008 MIP choice.
FINAL Review: Spurs 128, Magic 110
Duncan got stronger at both ends as the game progressed, slowing Howard late, and Parker and Barry had season highs in scoring as the Spurs took a 128-110 victory over the Magic.
The Spurs, playing the second night of a back-to-back, seemed to wear down Orlando down the stretch and handed the Magic their first road loss of the season. The Spurs were outscored in each of the first two quarters but tightened up on defense in the second half. The Spurs opened the fourth quarter with an 18-7 run that included two 3-pointers by Barry.
Parker led the Spurs with 32 points and eight assists. Manu Ginobili had 27 points. Duncan, who had only eight points and three rebounds in the first half, finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
***What We Talked During 4thQtr***
... Kobe's Lakers. They have won last 6 of 9, Kobe is clicking with his LAL troops and Jordan Farmar is absolutively upgraded - he drinks a lot of Red Bull, huh? Lakers are second in FG% defense!
... The Ugly Blind Hornless Bulls. 28th in offense and 30th in field-goal percentage offense?!? This is a championship team? The trade is waiting to happen... the deal for somebody like... finally Pau Gasol?
After the broadcast ended, everyone was delighted and Coco yelled at the top of his lungs "Go Spurs, kick their butts again!". On the way out of the SPURROOM, Pieter told us the highlight of night - why he likes Kobe even more than in the past.
Pieter's new wisdom about Kobe: *He's genius. Kobe single-handedly destroyed Chicago Bulls 2007-08. With his mouth. That's his new weapon.* Indeed Kobe, thumbs up for you.
p.s.: in his first regular-season visit to the at&t center, luis scola scored 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting, and afterward gregg popovich said seeing scola on another southwest division contender was *enough to make you spit*.
*it kills me to have him on that team /rockets/,* added.
p.s.2: what band of idiots decided to change duncan's all-star position after 10 years as a forward?
yes, i was one of the idiots. (-mike monroe)
p.s.3: before double-checking it online, i spelled /kelenna/ azubuike's name "kelannie azabukie".
off by only six letters. (-bill simmons)
p.s.4: /kyle/ lowry.
i just love him.
you'll see him on a great team at some point - we're about two or three years away from the spurs sneaking him onto their roster somehow. (-bill simmons)
p.s.5: LeBRON is EXCELLENT!!!
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