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Sunday, June 10th, 2007 at 9:30 pm  |  62 responses

Game 2 is here…

Let’s Rock

By Ben Osborne

As Lang has documented, the good people of S.A. (and their cuisine) have helped make this a nice visit to South Texas, but considering we came here for basketball games, it’s nice that another actual game has actually jumped off. I spent the early part of today digging into the San Antonio Express-News, which is a solid paper that is obviously going Spur Crazy. Not only is there a separate, four-page section devoted to the series every day, but the lead story in today’s front section is devoted to the Spurs as well. And, in fact, it’s enlightening enough about the rabidity of the fans down here that those of you who may not have been here should probably read it.

Now I’m at the AT&T Center [this was supposed to be posted 30 minutes before tipoff, but the in-arena internet is bugging], with the aforementioned fans streaming in. At 6:10, 130 minutes before tipoff, Duncan is going hard, getting shots up and dripping with sweat.

At the other end of the court, Damon Jones—he of the “12 trillion” in Game 1—is out shooting like he was the other night. Maybe he’ll actually take one when the game starts.

Patrick Ewing, Mark Jackson and Ahmad Rashad stroll out to the court. Ahmad is wearing some absurd black-and-white shoes that can only be described as Sageresque. As for PE, who makes a beeline for Jeff Van Gundy, hopefully he is prepping for his hard-hitting interview with Russ in Cleveland.

By 6:15, Duncan is gone, back in the shadows.

Out in the hallway, Lang and I walk right past Eva Longoria, who is accompanied by Terrence Howard. I’ve said this before, but Eva simply does not warrant all the hype. Beautiful face, but she has no figure whatsoever. Maxim readers are nuts.

Hit the Spurs locker room, which is totally clean and has no clutter. Somehow this makes perfect sense. Manu doing a lengthy, bilingual interview session. Brent Barry cracking jokes. Guarantee he will be a better analyst than his brother Jon, whenever he retires.

In the Cavs locker room, I’m shocked to see LeBron patiently answering questions. Don’t think Mike or Kobe ever did that before a Finals game.

Back on the court, Shannon Brown and David Wesley are engaged in a spirited halfcourt shooting contest. Drew Gooden, meanwhile, is dodging their halfcourt missles and earnestly working on his post moves. Drew’s Air Max 25s may have “soft” stitched into them, but he’s working hard.

This just in: Bavetta’s doing the game! Maybe the Cavs can win this thing.
Feel free to post comments below throughout the game (I made my pick here), and then check back the minute it ends as Lang promises to have his post-game notes up with the quickness.

Enjoy.

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  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Mark Jackson just yelled “NUTMEG!” at a highlight of Tony Parker bouncing a pass to Duncan through Sasha’s legs. TNT’s studio guys are better, but I love this announcing crew.

  • Mavs-Cavs Fan

    is this the same mark jackson that holds the all-time NBA record for assists?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Ask Ben about Mark Jackson. But only if you’ve got a few hours to kill. Somehow I feel like I’m the only person on the planet with HBO who watched the first half of this game.

  • http://mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Max Airington

    I should have watched the game, blowout or not. Ill say it again, David Chase can kiss my ass. Actually, Ill probably say it a few times tomorrow too…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Cavaliers are getting whacked.

  • tike

    Hey ben whos the best poward foward ever in ur opinion?

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    even though this game seems to be OVER way before halftime, it still has to be better than the Sopranos finale was. Will not spoil. It was not good.

  • http://mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Max Airington

    Was there even anything to spoil?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    NO MORE SOPRANOS DISCUSSION ALLOWED HERE. Mark is my man, but I didn’t know he had the soccer knowledge. And Mavs-Cavs Fan, as nice as he was, Mark never caught Stockton in assists.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Tike, TD is certainly making a case. I definitely take him over Karl Malone.

  • tike

    hey Russ whos ur best Power foward ever??

  • tike

    good choice ben good choice i always knew u had since.

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

    I guess they thought if they put a story about Tony and Eva’s wedding at the halftime show will boost the ratings.
    Damn, what NBA’ve become.
    Still, I proved my point. The Spurs are forcing LeBron to be a scorer instead of a playmaker. Y’all can quote me.

  • Drolfe

    Tony Parker is getting married to Eva Longoria? I was not aware of that. I’d like to see a story about that during half time of an NBA Finals game so i get some more information. Thank you.

  • Drolfe

    Has big Z hit a jumper this postseason?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Tony Parker could do better.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Drolfe, Z hit some big shots against pistons. and he’s cash in pregame. But I agree, he’s not hitting the shots they need him to this series.

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

    @Drolfe.
    I should be doin’ an internship at E! under Sal Masekela.

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

    Larry Hughes didn’t register any points as of right now, did he?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Tim Duncan is certainly cementing his best-ever PF status right now. Although it’s hard not to consider him a center.

  • Drolfe

    True about Z hitting some against the Pistons. But every time he takes one in this series I just don’t expect it to go in. Same goes for Hughes.

  • Drolfe

    If Karl Malone didn’t play in the same era as MJ he’d have rings, scoring titles, more MVPs.. There would be no argument.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    What happened to Mailman in 94 and 95 (when Jordan wasn’t around), and all the other years the Jazz didn’t get there?

  • Drolfe

    I’m not saying he would have won the championship every single year, but he would have more.

  • Drolfe

    Has Drew Gooden passed the ball in his career?

  • Chris O’Leary

    Ben, you probably don’t remember our arguments about Mark Jackson from way back in the day, but they were heated.

  • Drolfe

    If Mark Jackon and JVG wern’t doing this game i would’ve stopped watching at half time.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Chris, I don’t remember them at all. What was the forum? Via email? I hope you weren’t talking s+*t about him. BTW, Damon Jones has arrived at the Finals. Too late, I’m afraid.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Ben—this is kind of like that Bulls/Jazz game we went to in Chicago. Isn’t there some sort of a mercy rule?

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

    Mercy rule?
    I’m waiting someone to pull a Mardy Collins.

  • Chris O’Leary

    How’s Nike going to run a Witness ad right now?
    The arguments were over email Ben. Unfortunately, sh*t was spoken, but in retrospect, I think it was Reggie Miller’s overpowering nerd influence on Jax while he was with the Pacers. I think Miller taught him all that arm cross and shimmy stuff. I also may have said he had some turtle qualities, but it was a long time ago. I can’t remember.

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

    Should the Cavs win this one, Boobie deserved a column.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I spoke too soon, perhaps.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Russ, I was telling Lang about that game earlier. something like 108-64…speaking of Lang, he’s posting RIGHT NOW. Holla.

  • Chris O’Leary

    It was a 54-point win in Utah, a Finals record. The Jazz cried about the Bulls not letting up and the Bulls were like, “shut up Utah. This is the Finals. Show up to play.” Something like that anyway.

  • Drolfe

    I think Utah only scored in the 50s that game. Greatest PF of all time indeed. Whoever said that is an idiot.

  • Drolfe

    While i’m in a ‘has [insert player] ever done [insert action] in his career’ mood, here are some other things that might not have ever happened: Robert Horry hitting a jumper of the dribble. Manu Ginobili shooting a three without prentending he was hit. Tony Parker/LeBron James spinning in the lane without travelling.

  • Chris O’Leary

    Utah scored 54 in that game, didn’t lose by that much. just looked it up. My bad.

  • Drolfe

    Just looked it up: 98 Finals, Game 3, Bulls 96 def Jazz 54. Disgusting.

  • Drolfe

    Yeah didnt lose by much, just the 42.

  • Drolfe

    You wrote ‘that’ much. Oops.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I still have the Chicago newspapers from that game. One front-page headline was “Tired? Old?” So brutal.

  • Chris O’Leary

    Yeah Drolfe, I meant they scored that much, didn’t lose by that much. Nothing hurts more in basketball than losing by 40. Makes you want to quit the game.

  • sixthman6

    The competition around the league is much better now than it was in the 90s when Malone was still at the top. The conferences were more balanced, but not as competitive…TD gets his without flopping or throwing elbows or flying kicks…and i still havent seen any other player remain so calm when double teamed..

  • Bouncyman

    Drolfe:
    In reference to your Karl Malone comment:
    “Drolfe says:
    I’m not saying he would have won the championship every single year, but he would have more.”

    Do you mean more than zero? Or more than Tim Duncan?

  • Mongoose

    You realize Utah only got to the finals twice, right? So I don’t know how he could have had more rings than duncan? Besides, Duncan could win defensive player of the year every year, can’t say the same about Malone

  • Bouncyman

    True…. I think when it comes down to it Malone is statistically the better player… but for anyone who really watches the game, there’s no question that Duncan is the better player… especially in the clutch.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    sixthman6: The West was tough during Malone’s time. He came up during Magic’s prime, reached his prime when Hakeem Olajuwon was doing the same, and had to deal with teams like the Kemp/Payton Sonics, the Drexler/Porter/Kersey Blazers, and even David Robinson’s Spurs. And as Mongoose pointed out, Malone’s Jazz only made the Finals twice. Even if you took Jordan out of the picture, who’s to say the Jazz would have been able to beat Ewing’s Knicks or Reggie’s Pacers?

  • Drolfe

    Bouncyman: I mean he would have more individual accolades.

  • Chris O’Leary

    Who do we have to thank for never having to watch a Stockton/Malone vs. Reggie Miller NBA Finals? I mean other than Jordan and the Bulls?

  • Chukaz

    @Drolfe – I think that Horry has hit more than one shot off the dribble (counting this one). I think he made one when he was with the Lakers. As a matter of fact, I think it was in a game against the Kings (I think it was game 7). I can remember this because one of the play-by-play guys was like “Horry has it. He dances with it towards the right wing. OH, he hits it!”. Yeah, they guy wasn’t very good.

  • Chukaz

    A couple of days ago I suggested that the spurs sign David Robinson to a 10 day contract so that he can get another ring just for being in the roster. Since he will get one for being minority owner, I think the Spurs should sign Sir Charles, Patrick Ewing, the Mailman and lil’ John (Stockton, that is).

  • Drolfe

    ^^ You forgot to ask for a job as a columnist.

  • Chukaz

    Sorry Drolfe, I understand why I can’t get a job as a columnist. There are 2 reseasons. #1) I’m too good for Slam (that’s not true, is just that the columnists’ are playa haters and feel treatened by me) and #2) It’s ’cause I’m mexican-american (they ain’t just haters, they are resists as well). That’s why they won’t even reply to my request. Happy now Drolfe? I will take that back if I’m given a job as a columnist.

  • Chukaz

    Would I get paid $3.50 per comment like Ryan if a got a job as a columnist? Would I get paid for ever sh*t I post on the site? How the hell does the system works? F*ck Slam, I don’t want the job no more. Unless you guys give it to me, then I would take all that back.

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

    Reasons why you won’t get the column:
    1)reasons (everybody’s word); reseasons (yours)
    2)racists (everybody’s word); resists (yours)
    3)threatened (everybody’s word); treatened (yours)
    You do the math…

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

    Awaiting the hate…

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

    He’s right, Esco: We are TOTALLY resists. All of us. Me especially.
    And good news, Chukaz. As of June 1, I’m up to $4.25 per comment. I am BALLIN.

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

    Hahaha…I feel like a resist also…and congrats on your raise! Was long overdue! Now you can buy a cow or something…I kid, I kid.

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

    Just a question Ryan…Do they count when you comment on your own blog? I would think not…But you never know…

  • H to the izzo

    Chukaz there are such things as blogs so people won’t have to actually acknowledge your spamming,you can spam your owm site

  • http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/Hoffman B

    Mr. Osborne

    I’d like to invite you to peruse my basketball blog: http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/Hoffman

    Here is the link to my archives: http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/Hoffman?Archive

    All of my material is copyrighted.

    I’m an aspiring basketball columnist and I’d appreciate your feedback.

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