Sunday, June 10th, 2007 at 11:46 pm  |  63 responses

Links: NBA Finals Game Two Live Notes

The Spurs go ahead 2-0. We’re still not sure when the Cavs are going to show up.

by Lang Whitaker

I’ve been saying for the last two days that this thing isn’t going further than five games and could quite possibly only go four games. Look, I believe in LeBron and think he is an incredible player, but there is a vast talent differential between these two teams. (Also, I wrote that sentence after the game ended.)

Let’s get to the Game Two notes…

• LeAnn Rimes drops a slowed-down National Anthem. Any relation to Busta? She has to sing a hook on one of his tracks. (PS: I hear Ben Harper is coming to Cleveland to sing the anthem. I’m hoping we get Leon Mobley with him on the percussion.)

• Same intros as Game One. More rhythmic clapping from the robotic fans of San Antonio. I’m also a little disappointed in the Spurs dance team. That’s all I’m saying about that.

• By the way, on the bus on the way over to the arena, my homey Jemele Hill from ESPN.com was intently listening to her iPod. I asked what she was listening to in order to get prepped for the game, and she said Maroon 5. Perhaps the first time anyone’s used Maroon 5 to get prepped for a big game.

• Tip-off! Turnover from Tony Parker. Mon dieu!

• LeBron scores with 11:22 to go in the first. He’s already about 1,000,000 times more productive than he was in the first quarter of Game One.

• LeBron gets his first foul with 10:34 to go. Next possession, Duncan gets a foul. About a minute later, LeBron gets his second foul. Whoops! Well, Game Two was fun everyone. Catch you guys in Cleveland on Tuesday for Game Three, OK?

• By the way, it’s 9-4, San Antonio. LeBron is on the bench.

• It’s 12-6, LeBron is out and the Cavs just got an inbounds violation. Timeout, Mike Brown? You know, settle your troops with Bron on the bench and all that? No timeout, and Finley gets an uncontested layup. The Cavs miss a shot, and Tony Parker gets a lay-up. Now it’s 16-6.

• Oh, Mike Brown just called a timeout.

• It’s 16-6, LeBron has 2 fouls and TVs all across America are tuned to “The Sopranos.”

• It would really be awesome if at some point during the Finals, Joey Crawford came running out of the locker room stripped to the waist with an assortment of expletives written on his bare skin. In blood.

• During the pregame, Ben and I were watching Drew Gooden shoot around and we noticed that he seemed to lean back on his jumpers. I assumed this was to avoid having his shot blocked. Robert Horry did not notice this, because he just swatted the crap out of Drew.

• The Spurs miss about four straight threes, and don’t seem remotely concerned. Boobie nips a three, cutting it to 16-13 with 3:50 to go in the first. Popovich immediately calls a three, probably to remind the Spurs that they HAVE THE GREATEST POWER FORWARD OF ALL TIME down there in the post.

• LeBron just ran into the locker room to catch “The Sopranos.”

• Duncan gets a break, and Francisco Elson fires up a 22-footer. He nails it, lucky for him, or Pop would’ve strangled him. When Elson scores, the PA plays a clip of “Cisco Kid.” He was a friend of mine, you know. Manu follows that with a 3, Francisco gets a dunk in transition (off a sweet no-look from Bones Barry) and it’s 23-13. With Duncan resting.

• I couldn’t really see either of Bron’s fouls from where I’m sitting, but I would bet all the money in my wallet ($32) that Cleveland fans are upset about the calls.

• Robert Horry runs like his left leg is asleep.

• Bones! Brent Barry sinks a three and the roof comes off the place. 28-13, 39.1 left. LeBron has chewed through his fingernails and is working on his toenails.

• By the way, I briefly saw a Cavs scouting report that a player had carelessly left in his locker, and on the very first line about Varejao it said, “Will flop on anything.” I’m surprised Pop doesn’t make his players eat the scouting reports after they memorize them, being a former military intelligence guy and all.

• Just before the half, Eric Snow grabs the ball, goes coast to coast and shoots a layup…that doesn’t even hit the rim. Fitting. 28-17 after one.

• Stat watch: LeBron has played 2 minutes. Cleveland has 2 assists while the Spurs have 8. Cleveland is shooting 30 percent from the floor. San Antonio’s shot twice as many free throws (8 to 4).

• Your boy is back as the second quarter starts. That’s LeBron, not me. But I’m back, too.

• LeBron takes a pull-up 22-footer. Brick.

• Duncan scores back to back baskets to make it 32-17. Duncan turns it over and then Lebron walks because he feels bad for him.

• Eric Snow drives and draws the foul. What does it mean when Eric Snow is your team’s best player?

• By the way, that’s a 9-2 run from San Antonio to start the second. If LeBron finishes with 48 tonight, I’ll add him to my five.

• You may have noticed that in the AT&T Center there’s a huge cutout of a spur and a cowboy ringed with lights? We’re sitting right underneath them.

• San Antonio’s had a 9-2 run and a 12-0 run, I’m told.

• LeBron finally gets to the line and shoots an airball. Goodness. What else can go wrong for him?

• He gets a dunk on the next play. So he recovered from that nicely. After the dunk I glanced up at the scoreboard and saw it was 30-22, and I thought the Cavs were really fighting their way back into the game. Then I realized it was actually 38-22. So much for that fighting stuff.

• LeBron is the beneficiary of a few questionable calls, and the San Antonio fans voice their displeasure. I wonder if Paulie Walnuts is alive.


• 45-26. Ben mentioned earlier that we saw Eva Longoria with Terence Howard. The Cavs should get Terence Howard to come into their locker room at halftime in character as that really good black swimming coach so he can fire them up. They’re totally drowning right now.

• Bron drives and gets another call. Tony Parker has 10 points in the paint. The Cavs have 18 points total on field goals.

• The Cavs decide to try something new so they play zone. Manu ends up getting right to the rim, where he’s hacked. Makes it, makes it. 51-27. If the Cavs were any worse they’d be the Grizzlies. And I’m not completely convinced they’re not trying to lose this game on purpose.

• We go to the half with the score 58-33. Yes, that’s 58-33. The Cavs are shooting 26.8 percent from the floor tonight. LeBron has 13 points and the rest of the Cavs have combined for 20.

• I’ve been watching a lot of that show “Mythbusters” lately, and they seem to be able to build from scratch any sort of machine that they could possibly need — earlier today I saw an episode where they constructed a machine that allowed them to simulate a person trying to catch a bullet in their teeth. Well, if they made a machine that completely dismantled and humiliated basketball teams it would look exactly like the San Antonio Spurs are playing tonight. I hope that makes sense.

• The Red Panda Acrobat is the halftime show. It’s a woman on a unicycle who balances a bunch of bowls on her foot and then kicks them up in the air and catches them on her head. It would be way more impressive if they were filled with hot Ramen noodles.

• First play of the second half and the Cavs run an isolated pick-and-roll between Gooden and Larry Hughes. Drew scores, but still…strange way to set the tone.

• LeBron gets his first assist of the game with about 10 minutes to go in the third. The Cavs have 7 assists as a team. Tony Parker has 5. Larry Hughes has 1 assist in the entire NBA Finals.

• Two free throws from Zzz… makes it 65-42 with 8:03 left in the third. Then Gooden drives for a layup and cuts it to 21, and an angry Popovich calls a timeout. Seriously. 65-44 and Pop took a timeout.

• The Silver Dancers come out and do a dance routine to “Ice Ice Baby.” Ben says he doesn’t know this song has been used in a non-ironic context in years. When the Coyote joins them and does The Worm, the crowd goes wild. I think we have entered into a time warp to 1989.

• I just went to the bathroom and returned to find the Spurs ahead 76-49. Another timeout.

• Something incredible happened during that timeout: David Stern walked out on the floor and announced that the NBA Finals were over effective immediately and the Spurs were the 2006-07 NBA Champs. Stern then opened up a hatch at halfcourt and pressed a big red button underneath the court. Suddenly I was transported to my couch in New York City. It was 8:58 p.m. and I was tuned to HBO HD. “Woke up this morning…got yourself a gun…” Actually, none of that happened.

• They did play “Stand Up And Shout” from the movie “Rock Star” during that timeout. It was really effective at getting the crowd worked up. Ben is reading Curtis Granderson’s blog on ESPN.com right now. Not exciting.

• Duncan catches in the post, gets triple-teamed, finds Bowen for an open three which he misses, Duncan boxes out Varejao and gets the rebound, he lets Varejao get his footing then goes right around him and dunks. While running back up the court, Duncan also gets the digits of two members of the Silver Dancers and correctly answers every Final Jeopardy question from last week’s television broadcasts.

• It’s 80-56 right now. Pavlovic has 3 turnovers and 0 assists.

• A telephone just fell from the sky and landed in the press box. Not kidding about that. What else can possibly happen tonight?

• It’s 84-58. If I’m Scot Pollard I’m pissed that I haven’t played yet.

• “Sisqo” Elson checks in for Robert Horry and Horry gets an ovation: 5 points, 9 boards, 4 blocks.

• Right now I’m trying to convince Ben to pick up Willie Harris for his fantasy baseball team. Oh, the third quarter ended and it’s 89-62.

• Damon Jones! For three! And again for three! He’s probably excited because “Shrek,” starring his alter ego Donkey, is showing over on TBS right now. Royalties, son.

• Those back-to-back threes cut it to 89-70. Pop actually called a timeout because he was so angry.

• After Bron scores, Jacque Vaughn gets a two to make it 91-72.

• The Spurs go into their fourth quarter swoon in which they sit on a big lead and let the Cavs start scoring at will. The Cavs get it to single digits, making it 93-84, then Bron gets a three-point play and it settles at 95-87 with 4:53 to go.

• Turnover! Then Bron misses a lay-in, Tony Parker nails a long two, Damon Jones misses a three. The Spurs are doubling LeBron on almost every touch. Flip Saunders is sitting at home wondering exactly what a double-team is. Boobie feeds in a two to make it 97-89. Then Ginobili nails a three…and one! 101-89, 2:24 to go. Over, right?

• Not. Boobie tittilates a three. Duncan gets a two.

• Play of the game! Horry decides to dive for a loose ball and goes headfirst into the ad board, taking out Pop, too. Looked horrible when it happened. Horry was going about 100 miles an hour when he hit that thing.

• 54.8 left and the Spurs up 8. Pop brings in Beno Udrih. This thing must be out of reach. 103-92. Dunzo.

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  • http://kickz101.com KICKZ101


  • gelly


  • gelly

    and I knew the spurs would win again

  • luckyluciano

    Ugly game to watch, mike brown should be fired, useless piece of work..

  • 15AM

    @gelly: who didn’t?!

  • gelly

    haha true fact, the finals are actually so boring this year

  • lentheric

    The first half was absolutely awful, no way the Cavs are winning a game in this series. Spurs 4-0 Parker for MVP.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Will Horry get called for a retroactive flagrant on Pop? And he had what, five blocks? He probably hasn’t had that many in a game since he was a Rocket. P.S. Not to say the series is over, but I think the Cavaliers bandwagon is being driven by J.R. Smith.

  • El Carnal

    Pops too that fall well though.

  • Drolfe

    I think Mythbusters is a dumb show. ‘Lets finally dispel that myth that people arn’t sure whether to believe in or not about humans being able to catch bullets in their teeth’. And once I saw an episode where they were disproving the ‘myth’ that sharks are afraid of their own reflection. Talk about scraping the bottom of the myth barrel, jerks.

  • J.C.


  • Drolfe

    Mythbusters production meeting:
    Boss: Okay guys, what do we have this week?
    Guy: Umm.. not a whole lot. Nothing really. I’ve thought of a couple though. The one about whales being able to ride horses?
    Boss: No.
    Guy: The one about pennys being perfect substitutes for the human heart?
    Boss: No! These things arn’t myths! I’ve never heard of any of these. Will someone please give me something plausable??
    Other guy: (looking up from Superman comic) I’ve got it!

  • chris

    did you know that the links are on google news now?? you’ve come a long way lang, your blog is now considered news

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    If I have to hear anything more on a) Tony Parker’s wedding, or b) the fact that Tim Duncan only said 10 words to Tony their entire first season together, I might light myself on fire.

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  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Also, Craig Ehlo, Brad Daugherty and Mark Price aren’t gonna walk through that door. And if they do, they’ll be grey and old. I wouldn’t put it past Hot Rod Williams to show up, but he’ll just want a shot at the postgame spread.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mikebone Simmy Sosa

    I like Mythbusters and anyone who doesn’t probably eats babies…

  • Stuie

    If Lebron can win a championship he need a good backup. Ilgauskus and Hughes are ok but he dosent have anyone too great. I mean Jordan had Pippen and that was enough. If they could get someone around pippens quality they would win next year for sure but they dont have a second player who can step up. Not like the bulls needed pippen anyways he was mostly insureance.

  • Mongoose

    I am with sosa, one of my favorite shows. Stop hating on mythbusters and kobe

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    If Drew Gooden was as psyched about basketball as he was about the ’80s, maybe LeBron would have a good backup already. Boobie’s got game, but we’ll see how it translates for a full season. Zydrunas Ilgauskas looks like he’s about done. And Larry Hughes—man. Who knows about that guy.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Stuie: I’m not sure what Bulls team you were watching, but they absolutely needed Pippen every step of the way.

  • Azz Buck

    Ok, after watching what will go down as possibly the most boring opening NBA finals games ever, Ive got a few suggestions for the Cavs (Mike Brown), besides hiring hitmen of course. Firstly Brown needs to start Gibson in the place of Hughes, who has done ABSOLUTELY nothing so far. Gibson is playing better offence and his defence on Parker is better aswell. Then play Bron at the 2, Pavlovic at 3, Gooden, Z and the flopper up front. Forget everyone else bar Hughes and Eric Snow. Play Snow for say 15 mins a game to play tight D on Parker or Manu. Lebron shouldnt be guarding Parker, he should be guradin Bowen and be a floating defender to help on Doubles and just roam, while also respecting Bowens Corner shot. Brown has got the matchups and rotations so wrong so far and its hurtin his team. Not saying they would win with these ideas but i think its worth a try. What do you all think?

  • Co Co

    And Stuie Russ would know!

  • Melvin

    wow at some of the people saying the game was boring do you enjoy watching good basketball(spurs) or do you want to watch the score run up to 130 every game. the first game was pretty bad but hey every game can’t be a suns-nets triple overtime right. And some of you waving the white flags acting like you already KNOW its over… don’t you know the series doesn’t start until a home team loses a game. WOW

  • Dave

    Mike Brown can’t coach who sits down Lebron for the whole first quarter of a FINALS GAME when he IS the team,Boobie should start cuz Larry Hughes couldn’t hit the ocean right now.The Spurs home game annoucer sounds like someone kicked him in the balls,oh yeah Michael Finely looks like a smaller Greg Oden………I heard the sopranos was whack Dam maybe I should start reading more…..

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Tony Parker did a good job of impersonating Kobe.

  • Azz Buck

    @ Melvin: Im not saying the games are boring, actually I am. Maybe the word I am looking for is the games are just uncompetitive right now, which makes them seem boring. I appreciate the clinic that the Spurs are running on the Cavs right now. I just want a good, competitive series which has not happened alot this playoffs. May we all hope for a better showing from Cleveland at home.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Mythbusters is dope. And Dave, you’re dead on about that Spurs announcer. Ben and I just saw the Sopranos finale but let’s all keep quiet on it for a day or two out of respect for those who haven’t seen it. I thought it was great, though.

  • Froggiestyle

    I’m afraid to go anywhere near the net today – taped the sopranos, haven’t seen it and just KNOW that everyone will be dying to kill my buzz. PS. I’ll watch a finals game if it gets to game 6 or 7 until then, cya next year nba

  • Chukaz

    So, is the Duncan cover with the blunt and a gun gonna happen? I got a better idea for the next cover. How ’bout a pic of Tony and Eva’s wedding? How ’bout a cover of Eva on a white wet t-shirt (of topless, your choice) like Beyonce on that Vibe Mag cover. Way, how ’bout Beyonce topless for the next cover of Slam. That would be hot. If this doesn’t work, how ’bout you pass my idea over to KING!

  • JustMe

    @Azz Buck I think your coaching suggestions sound solid enough to me and I too am “enjoying” seeing how awesome the Spurs are playing (yet would prefer to see a competitive series). The Spurs dominated so much it is hard for me to disect how to solve that riddle. I still want to see Bron receive the ball lower and in motion (a la Reggie Miller) rather than initiating the offense high at the three point line. The Cavs need more cutters through the paint (Boobie, Sasha) either to initiate the offense OR timed as the double teams leaving their men for Lebron.

  • Jumpman

    I think, I hope, the crowd nearly gets to the same level as the Golden State fans. If so, the Cavs will take the next game. Anyone see this video from the Funny or Die website: http://www.funnyordie.com/v1/view_video.php?viewkey=68cd8560df444ff3a422

    It’s a short clip of what Lebron will look like in the future.

  • http://www.nba.com MALONE_FT_CLOCK

    sopranos is gay, the wire is throwed. i dont remember seeing beno on the floor at the end, tho i couldve thought it was bones

  • SA

    Russ the JR joke was just cold. Did you read the news reports? He was ejected from the car! They need to clear that up though, or at least add some degree to it to indicate the severity, because being ejected from a vehicle doesnt seem like something you should be walking away from. Maybe like techs: so JR gets the “ejected 1″, and is not expected to miss any time, no big deal; where his boy gets the “ejected 2″ and has to be airlifted to the hospital.

  • jokey

    i really doubt cleveland r gonna win an away game dis series

  • gazza

    This is like the Lakers-Nets series 5 years ago. It doesn’t even feel like the finals.

  • http://www.myspace.com/aydreeyun Esco

    Yeah, I caught on to that J.R. Smith comment also, totally uncalled for, but had me cracking up nonetheless. First the minor accident with ‘Melo, now this! TAKE THIS MAN’S PERMIT!

  • http://www.myspace.com/aydreeyun Esco

    Last person I know about who got ejected from a moving vehicle was my cousin. And I have his name tatted on my arm. J.R. Smith should be thankful.

  • SA

    Truth on all counts Esco

  • whooo!

    jeff van grumpy was quite vocal that 4 or 5 west teams could beat the east and how much better the west is. you could consider that some resentment for losing his job while the east is a joke, but it’s true! i think phx, dallas, utah definitely beat lebron. i also think houston, denver, kobe, and g-state can beat cleveland. the lakers, i dunno.

  • Ronald

    Resentment from being fired from the Rockets? He more or less asked not to go back to the Rockets.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Do-on’t stop beh-LEEEEEVIN’!
    Sopranos was dope, and the Cavs should adopt that as their theme song for the next week or so.
    Also, Alice’s homepage says a lot about her.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Russ, the Cavs’ bandwagon is being driven by Phil Leotardo’s wife.

  • Peajay21

    Man that game was ugly last night. No way I see the cavs getting one game now. Unless LeBron goes nuts and Gibson hits every three he takes and even then….. it’s not enough. No one else is stepping up on the Cavs… right now It’s LBJ and Gibson who btw should start in place of Hughes.

  • AB_40

    Menn at the half or 3 quarters of the seccond quarter I fell asleep. This game was over in 3 minutes. Cleveland better step up 1 through 15 when they’re back in cleveland. I think they’ll win game 3 or 4. Probably game 4 hard fought with lebron going crazy.

  • Cheryl

    Russ, you’re on a roll. LMAO! And me and Jemele are on the same page: Maroon 5 is my background music at the office. Don’t forget your brooms in Cleveland folks. They had a good run…

  • akimana

    “Robert Horry runs like his left leg is asleep.”

    As I watched him last night, I wondered how I could describe that, well couldnt have done it better.

  • whooo!

    marc stein noted that san an only outscored cleveland by by 6 while lebron was sitting? i coulda sworn it was worse

  • whooo!

    i coulda sworn i just posted this but it never showed up: robert horry’s regular season becomes more and more of an embarrassment as the year’s progress and he saves EVERYTHING for the playoffs. he musta figured there’ll be no big shot for him to hit, so he musta used all his energy to swat the sh*t outta the cavs shots. 9 boards and 5 blocks from a 1 legged, 36 yr old!? the cavs big men should be ashamed of themselves.

  • whooo!

    can someone come up w/ a top 10, all-coasting team? i think horry tops shaq.

  • Steve O

    With Gooden and Pollard on the same team CLE has a lock on dudes with the worst hair (facial and head) of all time.

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  • illydiva

    Why do I think of Chris Gatling everytime I look at Gooden?

  • Ronald

    The worst part of the finals is that when it is all been said and done and the Spurs win. Peeps are going to blame the Spurs for the low ratings. Freaking Haters.

  • me

    I’m a witness… to a murder!

  • Lil Lewis

    All I really have to say about the Spurs is that they are going to win hate it or love it! The Cavs aren’t going to show up let’s face the facts. Hey im happy I want the Spurs to win !

  • Pimp In Distress

    F*** Lebron! He ain’t the King! Game one what happened???? Game two what happened im tired of the fouls. Every play he get’s fouled like a little girl this ain’t football. Tony Parker MVP this year.

  • Lil Lewis

    Tony Parker MVP! The Cav’s are not showing up 4 games thats it. Lebron isn’t doing anything but getting fouled. If the Cav’s were going to win which we know they are not Lebron would get MVP does it look like he deserves it?? No, Gibson does. Thank You!

  • Blackadam06

    Yeah. I just want to know what the hell are we “real” fans of basketball supposed to be “witness” to? It looks to me that Madison Avenue & David Stern are trying to create a legend via dumb ass campaign ads & slogans, before the so called legend has actually created one the floor, which always seems to wind up looking extra phony. That works with these kids, given their knowledge of the game is every bit of 3-5 years old & they approach the sport from a “fanboy” perspective & not that of a well schooled student of the game. Sorry David Stern, with the real fans, that aint gonna fly..

  • tike

    Not even Ryan Jones can save the Cavs.

  • http://www.garrettelliott.com Garrett

    I was annoyed at the ESPN intro to the game — HOW WILL LEBRON RESPOND? WHAT WILL A KING DO?!? No mention of the Spurs, no mention of their mini-dynasty in the making (4 chips in 9 years or something like that?), no mention of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s wedding. What’s the deal?

  • Aaron

    Sorry I missed it, but who is boobie?

  • http://sneakerfreaker.com sneakerhead

    Daniel Gibson