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The Spurs are still really, really good: Thanks to a 112-107 overtime victory the Spurs are headed back to the NBA Finals. Without Tony Parker for the entire second half and overtime San Antonio found timely contributions from Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to hold off the Thunder. It was the most fun game of the series by far. You can check out a recap here.
The End of an era? With the loss the Thunder move into an offseason that will surely be filled with some tough decisions. One of those will be from Derek Fisher who may have played the final game of his career. Fisher said so himself afterwards.
“Just understanding the moment, just understanding that it’s possible that it could be the last time I walk off the court as a player,” Fisher said.”
The quote comes from a piece on Yahoo! about Fisher and potentially moving into a coaching role if he does indeed retire.
HP being HP: Over at Harwood Paroxysm there were two awesome posts yesterday.
First William Bohl took a look at just how much has changed since the Minnesota Timberwolves made the NBA Playoffs.
Then, Scott Rafferty wrote a terrific piece on Paul George and his inconsistent stardom.
As fans, we’re fixated on trying to find the next big talent. George is a special player in his own right, but maybe not the once-in-a-lifetime talent we all thought he could be months ago. He’s an elite perimeter defender — one of the best we have in the NBA — and a versatile scorer. But he’s almost your run-of-the-mill 3-and-D player pumped full of anabolic steroids, which is still something every team across the league would take in a heartbeat. Nevertheless, that’s not what makes the cream rise to the top — he’s the yin to the yang.
And in Pelicans news we have…….Nothing. Just nothing is coming out of New Orleans theses days, good or bad. Hopefully things start changing soon.