Thursday is a big day for several NBA players, as the All-Star game reserves will be announced and one member of the San Antonio Spurs would be glad to be among the players selected if his name is announced.
“I’ll be very happy if I’m selected,” said San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker who once again led the Spurs to victory on Wednesday as the Spurs defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 100 to 90 in Philly.
Parker is making a case for himself to make the Western conference All-Star squad as he scored a game high 37-points against the 76ers, and has scored a combined 100 points in the Spurs’ last three games.
Parker received some help as Tim Duncan (16 points, 11 rebounds), Gary Neal (18 points, 4-of-4 from three), and Tiago Splitter (15 points) pitched in the team effort to score 100 points on the number one ranked defense in the NBA.
Points were scarce in the first quarter, as both the 76ers and Spurs struggled to connect on any shots. Then, Neal came into the game and hit all three of his first-quarter three pointers as he had 12 points in the quarter; the Spurs led 26-24 after one. Parker scored six points in the first quarter, that would be the least amount of points he would score in each individual quarter that would follow.
The Spurs came out with a 10-4 run to start the second quarter as the team stretched its lead to eight points. The 76ers came charging back with their own 10-0 run as the Spurs went cold (0/10) from outside the paint in the second quarter. Parker had 10 points in the second and 16 at half, as the Spurs held a narrow 48-45 lead.
In the third quarter, Parker once again dominated with 11 points and the Spurs used a 9-2 run to go ahead by double digits. When the third ended, the team went into the final period with a 75-67 advantage.
Parker and Philly guard Lou Williams (22 points) dueled in the fourth quarter as Williams hit big shots to keep the 76ers within 10 points, but Parker’s 10-point fourth quarter was still too much for the 76ers. The 76ers used a 7-0 run to get within five points of the Spurs, but Parker, Neal, and Splitter were just too much to handle in the fourth quarter as the Spurs walked off the floor with a 100-90 victory.
With the win, the Spurs are now 18-9 on the season, 5-8 on the road, and 2-0 to begin the Rodeo Road trip. With Manu Ginobili’s possible return against the 8-19 New Jersey Nets on Saturday, the Spurs’ six game win streak might be at seven before the weekend ends.
Green and Leonard have more than they can bite. The coaching staff had too much reliance on the 2. In past games I said Green was taking too many shots. Leonard, understably his inexperience is showing. It would be better for the coaching staff to expand the rotation. Perhaps, Anderson is on his way out of the spurs but, for so long as he wears the black and silver uniform he should be inserted in the rotation. There are nights when some of the role players have off nights. Using Anderson won't hurt the team. Anyway, the spurs won another road game. Go Spurs!
we just better cut that green kid, and maybe that leonard kid too, i mean they didnt do nothing last night. james anderson would have been so much better if pop would just give him those guys minutes. he would end all of our troubles................................................ ok im gonna leave someone alone now, had to get one last shot in there.
wow. to think a lot of us wanted to trade tp in the off season. not to mention, tp was also a part of a couple trade attempts.
Chemistry won't be an issue IMO. He's played in this league way too long, endured long lay-offs before and knows exactly how to approach the situation.Of coarse Pop will try and limit him but we all know once Manu sinks that first bucket there will be no limit.
I keep waiting for TP to have a low scoring game he looked tired in the beginning of the season but now he's coming into his own putting the team on his back and I'm saying this with respect to TD and Splitter because those guys are balling. Splitter is also coming into his own with him playing like a big we will be a force plus with all the outside shooters its going to be tough for everyone. Either way mad respect to TP hopefully just hopefully he can bite his words on saying last year or now this years was there last championship run, with Duncan shooting more 17-19 footers and not many teams expecting it we got a great basketball being played, its almost sad for me to say with Manu coming back soon I think well we all hope that the team chemistry won't take a hit. Either way job TP, Duncan, Splitter, for playing fantastic.