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Sporting Fools

The frequent and occasional humorous musings behind two of the World's greatest underappreciated sports minds.

Monday, May 23, 2005

The Opener

Last night was a big win for the Spurs, it's always big to win the opener on the road in a playoff series because it forces the home team to have to win Game 2.

There's no guarantees in this series. The Spurs played Phoenix's style but at their own pace. They let Amare run wild but contained him at the same time. When the Suns left someone unguarded, the Spurs made them play. It was close to perfect.
Eschewing their outdated reputation as a slug-it-out, half-court team, the Spurs played long stretches at Phoenix's frenetic pace, pushing the ball whenever the opportunity presented itself. When the Suns went small, the Spurs downsized as well.

"If that's what it takes, that's what we're going to have to do," Popovich said. "We're a pretty flexible team going between big and small because we've done it against so many teams all year. We're willing to be the chameleon."

And now what they have to do is win Game 2 on Tuesday and prove who's best in the West.

Spurs Wrest Game 1 From Suns [San Antonio Express]
Suns Get Wake-Up Call [Arizona Republic]
Spur of the Moment [Homepage]

Posted by TPrincess 12:06 PM ||
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