Spurs emerge victorious in sloppy affair

EMBARK ON RODEO ROAD TRIP

The San Antonio Spurs survived Kobe’s final appearance and the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night 106-102 at the AT&T Center in what turned out to be a very sloppy game for the Silver and Black…but it was hard not to just watch the magnificence of Kobe.  To some of the Spurs vets, it had that old time rivalry feel and the sidelines even included a music superstar not known for Spurs games, Selena Gomez, who was obviously rooting for the Silver and Black.

“I thought it was great,” San Antonio point guard Tony Parker said. “It was a great game, fans were into it. It felt a little bit like the old days in the playoffs, Spurs and the Lakers.”

Even Coach Popovich, who acknowledged the sloppy game, was caught watching Bryant.

“It was a pretty sloppy game from our perspective,” Coach Popovich said. “And you hate to think it’s because they had an easy time last night [against the Mavericks], but you wonder about it and you talk about it. It’s the NBA and everybody comes to play and everybody comes to win. It’s all the same stuff every night. You’ve got to execute, and we didn’t for a lot of the game, and [LA] was fired up. It was a great night for Kobe, which is thrilling to me because I think he’s great. But now, we can enjoy the Dallas win. Losing tonight would’ve taken that away, so we’re glad it came out the way it did.”

The Spurs embark on their annual Rodeo Road Trip in which they will face the Heat, the Magic, the Clippers, the Lakers, Suns, Kings, Jazz, Rockets before returning home to the AT&T Center on March 2nd for a game against the Detroit Pistons.

Tickets for any of the road games and of course their next home game are still available.  Get yours today and support your Spurs on the Road!

Spurs cool the Heat in Game 5, prepare for Game 6

The San Antonio Spurs, those of silver and black who were supposedly too old to take the NBA’S biggest stage have roared back to take a defining 3-2 lead in the best of seven series with a114-104 thumping.

Argintinian Guard Manu Ginobili was reinserted into the starting lineup for the first time this season and responded with a solid game in which he scored 24 points and handed out 10 assists.

“He (Coach Popovich) told me yesterday that I was going to start because of the way they were playing, four smalls,” Ginobili said. “He told me to go ahead and play. Be more intuitive and don’t think so much.”

The Spurs relied on great defense and the hot shooting of second year player Danny Green, who set an NBA Finals record with 25 (and counting) three-pointers in the finals.

“I’ve been getting lucky,” Green said after the game. “I was moving around a lot. Our transition helps us, our pace. Tony penetrating and Manu penetrating, making the defense collapse is the reason why I’ve been getting open. Luckily, a couple have dropped for me.”

The Spurs can close the series and take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy tomorrow night when they meet the Heat for Game 6 at American Airlines Arena.

“We challenge ourselves to see if we’re a better team than we were,” Dwayne Wade said after the game.

Tip off is at 8 p.m. Eastern time.