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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  53 responses

End of an Era in San Antonio

by Marcel Mutoni

The Dallas Mavericks were the better team, no one could argue this — least of all, their postseason opponent. But what they pulled off in San Antonio last night is remarkable nonetheless.

For the first time in nearly a decade, Tim Duncan’s Spurs failed to advance past the first round of the Playoffs.

From the News-Express:

From that fateful day in April when routine soreness in Manu Ginobili’s right ankle became an unexpected stress fracture, the Spurs knew their chances at a championship had also been broken. They knew everything else in this postseason would be infinitely more difficult, too.

“We came into the series not saying ‘poor us’ or whatever,” Tim Duncan said. “We came into the series thinking we have a chance, and we can win it.” That belief officially became an unattainable dream Tuesday night, when the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 106-93 victory in Game 5, claiming the first-round series 4-1 and sending the Spurs off on their earliest vacation in nine years.

With the way Dallas had played, perhaps the Spurs still wouldn’t have had the firepower even had Ginobili been in uniform. “Even with Manu, it would be tough to beat Dallas,” Parker said.

It’ll be a long summer in San Antonio, but above all else, an opportunity for the organization to retool. And remember, they’ve been down this road before.

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  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    I have no problems with this. Everything comes to an end. It’ll be interesting to see what they do this offseason

  • Jumpman3224

    1st

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Well……I think B. Long and his half-assed season prediction he wrote for SLAMOnline needs to issue an apology to the Mavs.

  • Jumpman3224

    aka 2nd haha. It will indeed be interesting to see what they do in the offseason. They should just sit Manu and TD all season next year, get the top spot in the draft and draft a young TD and start over just like back in 97.
    *When I say just like I am not implying that the Spurs sat DRob in an attempt to win TD in the upcoming draft.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/ THEO PAPALOUKAS

    it would have been a miracle if the Spurs could eliminate the Mavs without their best player for the last 5 years in the same way that it would have been a miracle for the Lakers to eliminate the Jazz without Kobe….
    @kids….:maybe this Ginobili guy is a good player….(of course he ain’t Iverson or Starbury…)

  • Sesa

    To tell you the truth, the one thing that interesting in the Spurs game is only Manu

  • cdef28

    As much as I don’t care for San Antonio, they could still contend next year if theu get a couple more athletic players, someone like an Ariza.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/ THEO PAPALOUKAS

    just 53 hours away from the most anticipated game of the year: Olympiakos-Panathinaikos in the second semi-final of this years final-4…This means Papaloukas,Vsilopoulos,Bourousis against Fotsis,Spanoulis,Diamatidis,Jasikevicious….this is something like Barcelona vs Real Madrid or Manchester United vs Liverpool in soccer… they got a better starting five we got a better bench (Greer, Pargo, Schortsianitis, Childress)…anyway: GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Theo: and this has to do with the Spurs…. what?

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    I don’t see all that many changes coming, Spurs were one of most injury-depleted teams in the league and still won 50 games.
    Bit of rest here and there, a few younger guys and the always important veteran-that-almost-everyone-had-forgotten-about signing, and they’ll be around surprising people again.
    This season is merely to lower our defences

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Yep, its over. I still feel lucky, as a Spurs fan, to have gotten a chance to root for championship-cailber teams over the last decade. Maybe now, our front office will stop throwing away draft picks on foreign players we have no real intentions of bringing over. A kid like Ariza or JR could’ve kept us in the mix, assuming Pop would’ve actually let them play.
    The scariest thing for us Spurs fans to consider is Spurs A.D. (After Duncan)

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Ciolkstar; Dont’ worry, I’m sure your team will tank on purpose again and get an all-time caliber pick very soon.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/ THEO PAPALOUKAS

    @Gerald….: N-O-T-H-I-N-G !!!!(confused my little genius…..?)

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    What Eboy said. Can’t wait for B.Long’s half assed “justification” after this. Or are we gonna get the silent treatment for a while now from him? I remember the smugness from ya B, even during the early stages of this series, you were rubbing your “prediction” in…Good one.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Fotsis, long time no read. Here’s hoping Jasekivecious breaks his ankle in the opening minutes. Gawd i hate that guy. Overrated dungheap.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Where is ciolkstar?

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    This is a real drag. Especially because now I live in Dallas. To the rest of you, it was fun taking your lunch money for the last decade.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    With so many aging players, it will be pretty easy for the Spurs to dump a load of money very quickly. They’ve always been a well-run organization with a tendency to surprise, so anything could happen.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/ THEO PAPALOUKAS

    @Darksaber….:Saras is one of the top-5 playmakers in the world from 1998-2008…i hate his style (arrogant) and the fact that he plays for Panathinaikos but you cannot overlook his accomplicments…

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh well, agree to disagree Antonis/Theo etc. I can’t stand him, period.

  • kwame

    the thing is…no team is confined to the bottom of the barrel for long because of the 2010 free agent class…it is actually better now to reach the end of your rope now so you know who to get rid of before next summer.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Ah, Sarunas… so good, he was waived by the Clippers.

  • Phil B

    why are we talking about jazzycabbages in a spurs thread?

  • http://www.euroleague.net/ THEO PAPALOUKAS

    @Jukai….:Childress and Pargo would have been already waived from Olympiakos if there was such an option in Europe….to me that doesn’t make them bad players.It just make them “not suitable” for a certain kind of bball(highly stractured-sofisticated)….and you propably rank the Clippers over Olympiakos…

  • http://www.euroleague.net/ THEO PAPALOUKAS

    @Phil B….:go ask Gerald (and join the club on your way..it is called: “bellow 90″ )

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Theo: You know, I could argue, but I wont. That was a very well thought-up response, a lot better than what you usually type.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    true that

  • http://thedimemachine.multiply.com thedimemachine

    How about, say trade Manu for JR and Renaldo?

  • http://www.euroleague.net/ THEO PAPALOUKAS

    @jukai,darksaber….:i think i’m gonna cry…
    GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!GO OLYMPIAKOS!!!!!!!

  • Twin Paradox

    Dunno why, but the Spurs have alway struck me as boring. They have probably now changed from a boring, great team to a boring team that’ll be talked about only because of their dope point guard and his hot wife.

  • Twin Paradox

    GO BARCELONA!!!! GO BARCELONA!!!! GO BARCELONA!!!! GO LIONEL MESSI!!!
    Just wanted to hop on the euro bangwagon with THEO. @THEO: there’s a button called a Caps lock, try not to push it often.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Twin, that wasn’t adequate enough. HOT wife. Yeah, sounds about right now.

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

    Can’t even get out of the first round. Duncan’s just like a taller McGrady.

  • Josh D

    I can’t debate that the Spurs were the better teamin this series but i think that might’ve been kind of excpected for the a team who lost Manu and got little to no contribution from their bench in this series. If everyone is fit and healthy,Tony Parker carries on his great standard of play that he’s shown lately, Manu has a year similar to last year and TD is as solid as ever i think they have a better chance to win another ring than they have had since the last time they won it i wouldn’t be suprised if they try and bring in a athletic Small Forward like they tried to get in Corey Maggette in the free agency and Vice Carter at the trade deadline, the Spurs are my favorites my next for year especially with role players like Big Shot Rog,Matt Bonner, Drew Gooden,George Hill,Bruce Bowen and Michael Finley to back up the big three

  • Gonn

    I don’t think this is the end of an era.For me the roster for the next year shoul be:Duncan,Tony and Manu,and Hill,Mason,Nocioni,Bonner,Finley,Gooden,Thomas
    Splitter and Bowen.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i’m interested to see what RC Buford would do. the Spurs era isn’t over yet, but the spurs need to retool quickly in the next 1.5 years. Duncan will always be the rock of the team, but he won’t be able to dominate as often as he used to. dude IS getting old and he probably has played more games than anyone else in the L the last 10 years (yes, because of the spurs usual deep playoff runs).

  • http://www.euroleague.net/ THEO PAPALOUKAS

    @TWIN PARADOX….:1)Messi is indeed playing for Barcelona BUT he is playing soccer. You should have wrote: GO NAVARO!!!! 2)Messi is argentinian…just like….GINOBILIII!!!!!

  • Harlem_World

    Age wise, the Spurs aren’t done yet. But they need some crucial free agents this summer. They won’t be content to stand pat on just returning manu and that’s it. This is a franchise that expects to win every year and between the big 3, they go in cycles. Timmy was dominant, then Manu, now its Parkers turn. The other 2 still bring their lunch, but TP is unstoppable next year. Need a new Bowen and some inside help (maybe a more seasoned Gooden will suffice). If they can get more athletic, they’ll be right there next year, while it is Dallas who are going to age overnight if you see Kidd suit up next season.

  • RedRum

    are you guys kidding me?? TP is 26, and this moment is the best scoring point guard in the league. TD is 32, but with his post-season games its like he has played two more seasons. I think the long summer would do him wonders, he will be back as the good ole TD. with a healthy Manu and an athletic wing, they are as good (if not better) than anyone. If they can pull off some bargain like Vince, tell me you do not fear them.

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbaby

    It was a really entertaining game. The Mavs answered every one of the Spurs’ runs. Hopefully they can put up a fight against the Nuggets.

  • Mavs thru thick and thin

    Guess that tim duncan article from the last ish should have been re-written a little bit huh

  • Sarah

    Ehh we’ll be okay. I’m not in freak out mode just yet.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    As you shouldn’t be Sarah. Spurs core nucleus, when healthy, is still fantastic.

  • chazz michael michaels

    yo i think san antonio needs wipe their butts with sum TP hahaah

  • TwinParadox

    @THEO: I knew Messi was playing soccer…just kind of a bad joke.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I do not fear them…. I miss The Admiral.

  • jamesPH

    @farmer: the tmac reference.. that’s cold– ice cold

  • Manumaniac

    THEO,
    It’s funny when you think about it, but actually this thread has lead me to a point. I believe that some of the Olympiacos’s players could easily fit on the Spurs’s roster and really help them this year. For example, Bourousis could be a great back-up for Duncan or even play alongside him in the starting line-up. Papaloukas (a world class player) would certainly be one of the best 6th men in the league and he could provide a lot of help for either Tony or Manu. And Childress, a young and athletic defensive player, could replace Bruce Bowen. Think about that.

  • Manumaniac

    But of course, now I’m thinking about that, if all of these actually happened, then Olympiacos wouldn’t be in the Euroleague’s Final Four this year…

  • http://www.euroleague.net/ THEO PAPALOUKAS

    1)Olympiakos without those guys doesn’t even make it to the top-16 this year..
    2)Papaloukas is aproaching the end of his career(his athletisism has already left him) and if he goes now to the NBA (2 years ago he was given the mid level exception by both Lakers and Celtics) we are going to have kids laughing at him like they are laughing now with the great Jasikevicious (he also went to the U.S. when his athletic decline had started). Bodiroga didn’t made that mistake…
    3)Bourousis is propably one of the top-10 offensive big men in the world and if we are talking about variety of moves (he can play near the basket and he can shoot the 3 pointer easily) he is propably top-5…i cannot see the Aggelopoulos brothers not matching any NBA offer on him…

  • Manumaniac

    I agree that Aggelopoulos brothers can match any offer. When it comes to Papaloukas, I agree that he’s not as good as he was 3 years ago, but the Spurs wouldn’t need him to be that great. He’s a guy who uses his brain more than anything and I think that he could easily adjust to the Spurs system. I wouldn’t expect him to become a star, but he could easily help them.

  • etaboliserum

    imagine they drafted josh howard instead of boris diaw…and kept the rights to luis scola?
    parker GINOBLI howard scola duncan. finley and bonner coming off the bench. wuda been crazy.

  • http://www.euroleague.net/ THEO PAPALOUKAS

    Papaloukas could do exactly what you say for the Spurs but i don’t see the reason for him to be a bench player for an NBA team with a closing window for NBA tittle (if not closed…sorry MANU) instead of being the icon for his favorite team that is becoming again one of the very best in Europe while making 5 times (you read correct) the money he would have made for the Spurs (the Spurs need to give him over 7 million to match his current salary,..this is the answer to all the kids that wonder why all those great players don’t come to the states…) Papaloukas is a really brainy guy (he has already demonstrated succesfull business activity outside bball)to make such a mistake….judging from his last interview this will never happen.

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