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!
Miami never led in game two of the season match up.
The talk at the mid point of the season was that the “Old” San Antonio Spurs we able to beat up on sub-par teams but could not muster wins against the top tier teams of the league. And, quite frankly, they couldn’t. But you never heard the “P” word – Panic- come from the organization and anyone who resides withing the Spurs viewing range were not really concerned, since it was the Spurs being the Spurs, after all.
And now, with less than 20 games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Spurs are beating those team that they “couldn’t beat.” In the month of February, the Spurs took care of the Clippers (113-103), the Trailblazers the following day (111-109), the Mavericks (106-112), thumped Cleveland (122-101) while setting an All Time NBA Team Record for Assists then handled the Heat 87-111 who served up their worst performance of the year.
With 21 games remaining with a handful of top tier teams on the schedule to include the Bulls, Blazers, Jazz, Pacers, Grizzlies, Thunder and the Rockets. Be sure to get out and support your Spurs as they prepare for a run through the playoffs. Great seats and tickets still remain!
If the call had come from the usual pundits, then not much stock would be put into those words but the fact that it came from 3 time NBA Champion Manu Ginobili about his own team, lends credence of the statement.
The Spurs are a worrying 1-7 against the elite teams of the NBA including the Trailblazers (twice), the Thunder, the Rockets and the Pacers. The only win came against the LA Clippers who were without the services of All Star point guard Chris Paul.
“When it happens the first three times, four times, five times,” Ginobili said, “then you say, ‘Okay, things happen. The schedule and…’ Now it’s eight (losses), so there has to be a tendency now.”
The Spurs have a chance to add a victory against a top tier team in Oklahoma City this Wednesday. Great tickets are still available!