Spurs vs. Pacers Game Recap: Dunleavy and Pacers Get Kicked in the Face (Figuratively)
Well that was unexpected. The Pacers came in on a scoring tear but the Spurs were able to hold them to 81 points. Let's get to the recap...
The 1st quarter belonged to Tim Duncan. He branded it and then had sex with it. It was his. He managed to get 12 points and 9 boards. He played all but 29 seconds in the quarter but he made sure every second he played, he contributed somehow. By the start of the 2nd he was on pace for 48 points and 36 rebounds. Not too shabby a night. The Spurs also played pretty good defense. As I said, Finley couldn't guard Dunleavy. Finley was on Dunleavy to start the game but once Dunleavy hit the first shot, he moved over to Granger. Was it just a switch that put him on Dunleavy? Possibly, but I still maintain Finley sucks. Even with Duncan's outstanding quarter, the Spurs are only up 5 at 22-17.
"Oh shit back up ya'll. I just had a wicked bad fart."
The 2nd quarter is when Manu took over. Yeah Money Mason had a few buckets but you could tell by the way Manu was shooting, he had it on. I haven't seen it much from Manu but he even tried (and made) one of those Steve Nash/Dirk Nowitzki run-and-gun three pointers. He barely had his feet set before he launched what would normally be a cringe-inducing shot. But he made it. He's Manu Ginobili. Indana was having a rough night. They were not shooting well and when they did make shots, they would then go minutes without hitting another. It was painful to watch (unless you're a Pistons fan). As if to say "hahaha fuck all you Spurs fans", Michael Finley hit a 3 with about 1 second left in the half. Well fuck you too Michael Finley. Why can't you make shots like that in every quarter? Spurs take a 53-40 lead into the half.
"Imaginary tricep pull 100! Ahhh and I'm done."
This season seems like it has been made up of two types of 3rd quarters. The normal, shitty ones where the Spurs take a huge dump on the floor. Or the ones where they maintain intensity and even sometimes build a lead. Last night was one of the latter 3rd quarters. It was largely due to the big three. Tim, The Frenchman, and Señor Bald Spot all had pretty efficient quarters. Tim led the way with 11 points in the quarter while Tony and Manu had 10 and 5 respectively. You could tell the game was all but over in the 3rd. Usually a team will make a run to cut the lead to low double-digits. The Pacers never got there. Granger seemed bothered all night by the combo of Mason and Bowen. The Spurs built their lead to 81-57 at the end of three.
"They had no idea what they were in for."
Hide yo bitches! Austin Croshere is heeeeeeere. It was expected in such a blowout. Croshere saw the most minutes of his brief Spurs career. The 4th quarter was basically only our scrubs vs. their scrubs. I mentioned this to Bob last night during the game but when Manu went out in the 4th, George Hill was the best player on the floor. Yeah it was a floor full of scrubs, but that's saying something for the 26th pick in the draft. Hill has been extremely impressive and didn't disappoint last night. While his shot is still not quite there, he plays with an intensity I haven't seen since..well...Manu. He even got into a little scuffle with T-Sips hero T.J. Ford. Hill would WRECK Ford so it was a good decision on Ford's part to walk away. Inexplicably Udoka shot well in the 4th. Oh wait, it is explicable. There was no pressure so he wasn't a nervous shit. Makes sense (WE WANT HAIRSTON *clap clap clapclapclap*). Croshere's shot was way off but he was hustling and is much quicker than I expected. He could be useful if he gets his shot online. We'll see if the Spurs FO thinks so in about a week. Spurs finish 1 point short of 100 and win 99-81.
AP Photo/Eric Gay He's so good the ball just hovers around him at all times.
I honestly didn't expect this type of game. This is the same Pacers team that beat LA and Boston. The shots just weren't falling for them last night. It happens. The next game for the Spurs is versus the Nets. Then we got ourselves a rematch with the Fake Show on the 25th. I gotta say, I am not looking forward to that.