If it appears the San Antonio Spurs took a step back in Game 4 after their domination in Game 3, it’s because four games into the series both teams are right back where they started.
If you thought Metta World Peace just reserved his "out there" behavior for the basketball court, then you haven't done yourself justice by visiting his Twitter page.
After the San Antonio Spurs' Game 3 victory against the Golden State Warriors, World Peace had this to say about a Spurs' shoes.
I think Tony Parker's shoes have magical powers. I want to interview Tony Parker's shows on a network. I need answers. He was like Iron Man! (@MettaWorldPeace)
With 4:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, the San Antonio Spurs were less than five minutes away from taking a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors Sunday in Oracle Arena.
Then, the Spurs held an 80-72 lead over the Warriors, but a change was coming for the silver and black. In those final 4:49 minutes the Spurs went cold and were outscored 12-4 as the Warriors forced overtime.
Once overtime began, the Spurs fell silent as Jarrett Jack and the Warriors outscored the Spurs 13-3 to win game four 97-87 and tie the series at two games apiece.
"They're a bunch of Warriors,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson after the game, “no pun intended." Jackson’s Warriors had an early five point lead but then the Spurs were able to build their lead up to 11, where they held a 7-9 point lead for a majority of the game.
"One thing I know,” said Jackson of his team, “this team will not lay down. They won't quit. It looked dark. It looked awfully dark, but we found a way."no comments
The San Antonio Spurs (6-1) will look to put a stranglehold on their Semifinals series versus the Golden State Warriors (5-4) today in Oakland.
The Spurs are coming off an impressive 102-92 win over the Warriors in Game 3 in Oakland. Tony Parker had a monster game leading the team with 32 points and five assists. However, Parker was hobbled a bit when he took a knee from Jarrett Jack to his calf but should be good to play in Game 4.
Warriors' Stephen Curry also tweaked his left ankle in Game 3 and is a game-time decision for Game 4.
And as the Spurs look to take commanding lead over the Warriors, here are five things to watch for in Game 3:
• Tony Parker scored 32 points at Golden State in Game 3 which marked his 75th career postseason game to score 20-or-more points.
• The Spurs are 3-0 on the road in the postseason when leading after the first quarter.no comments
Most NBA players have a go-to shot whether it the bank-shot a la Tim Duncan or the "sky hook" made famous by Kareem Abdul Jabbar. For San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker it has been the "teardrop" shot.
Since arriving in the NBA at the ripe old age of 19, TP has been going to the shot whenever he gets into the lane.
He drives, lofts it high, has the ball sail over the big men in the paint with a high arc for the basket. For years, he has tormented shot-blockers with the teardrop that many fans associate his with the move.
Currently, Parker and Stephen Curry are fighting it out in the West semifinals and both have effective teardrop shots, however, Parker will like to let you know, he is the originator of the move.no comments
After losing home-court advantage in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs on Wednesday, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker had an interesting comment regarding the series between the Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
“If you want to win in the playoffs,” said Parker after game two, “you have to win on the road.”
Parker and the Spurs did just that Friday night as the series shifted to Oracle Arena where ESPN added a noise meter to track the volume in the arena. Only on Friday, the noise meter never had a chance to rise often as the Spurs controlled the tempo and momentum for almost 48 minutes of the game.
"It's a huge win for us,” said Parker (32 points, 5 assists) of defeating the Warriors 102-92. “It was a must-win situation. I thought our team was very focused. By far our best game of the series."
Though the game was competitive, the injury bug bit both squads Friday night. Warriors guard Stephen Curry (16 points) sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter and was limping excessively. He finished the game, but was hobbling the entire way.no comments
The matchup of the game for Game 3 will be between Tim Duncan and Andrew Bogut.
Tim Duncan scored 23 points and 9 rebounds in Game 2 while shooting 9-20 (45%) from the field. Duncan will likely have to be more of a factor on the offensive end in the post, which would force the game to slow down to the San Antonio Spurs' advantage. Bogut was the opposite and has been for the entire series so far. He's averaging 5.8ppg and 7.7rpg the entire playoffs. In game 2, he only chipped in 6 points (2-3) and 11 rebounds. He hasn't been a factor so far and that may be key in this matchup for the Spurs to defeat the Golden State Warriors on their homecourt.
What Duncan must do on offense:no comments
We also discuss the rest of the NBA playoffs and give our thoughts on who will advance to the Conference Finals.
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Music: Cee Lo Green -- Bright Lights, Bigger Cityno comments
The San Antonio Spurs (5-1) will look to reclaim home court advantage tonight as they face the Golden State Warriors (5-3) in Oakland for Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinals series. However, the Spurs will have their work cut out for them as they went 0-2 in Oakland during the regular season.
The Warriors are coming off their first win in San Antonio in 16 years beating the Spurs 100-91 in Game 2. Tony Parker finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to lead the Spurs in a losing effort. Klay Thompson finished with 34 points to lead the Warriors to a rare win in San Antonio.
And as the Spurs will look to escape Oakland with a win against the very confident Warriors, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:no comments
Aside from making a statement on the basketball court for the San Antonio Spurs, Tony parker also likes to make a fashion statement off the court.
It is no secret TP loves fashion and he shows this with his choice of watch - Tissot. And as the playoffs are well underway, Tissot and Parker have unveiled the latest line of watches titled "Tissot PRC 200 Tony Parker Limited Edition 2013."
Here is how Tissot describes TP's new watch.