Nets 87, Spurs 85 – Don’t call it a comeback…
Sorry for the early morning post, but when you start to render a movie in Adobe Premier your computer can’t possibly do anything else. I’ll have to setup a backup machine so I can surf the `net during those 9 hour sessions.
OK, well there’s not much I can tell you about Game 2. The Nets managed to hold on for the win despite a late rally by Tony Parker & Stephen Jackson. Tim Duncan seemed as frustrated with himself as he was with the changeup in the Nets defense; Dikembe Mutombo & Jason Collins had his number all night. There were many Shaq comparisons prior to the start of Game 2, but going 0-4 on the free throw line probably was not the skill Duncan wished to emulate. Especially when you consider that making those shots might have been the difference in the game.
But then that has been the weakness of the Spurs during the whole playoff series and continuing into the finals. Their free throw percentage as a team is horrible. Personally, I’m puzzled that Bruce Bowen can line up such a groove on 3-pointers and yet he’ll still miss from the stripe. Tim Duncan had a higher percentage during the 1999 finals and he shot about 70% during the regular season. For some reason that percentage almost drops below 50% in the post-season.
Gregg Popovich felt his team took the Nets too lightly after Game 1 and he’s probably right. You need FOUR wins to be NBA champions guys; the series isn’t over until that happens.