SPURS WON'T BE LIKE 2004 LAKERS
If you couldn't already tell, this NBA Finals will be a lot tougher than the Pistons walk in the park against the Los Angeles Lakers last year.
The San Antonio Spurs won't let petty jealousy get in the way of their goals. The Spurs played team ball better than the Pistons and roared to a 84-69 victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night. This game proves what I suspected. The Spurs are the best team the Pistons will face in this two-year NBA Finals run.
They spotted the Pistons a 17-4 lead and then cut the heart out of the defending NBA champions.
Bruce Bowen got after Rip Hamilton like a pit bull. Tim Duncan looked like the Hall of Fame player he is destined to be. And then Dwyane Wade finished it off by scoring 15 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter.
OK. It was not Wade. But guard Manu Ginobili sure did look like him in dashing through the Pistons defense like a steam locomotive. The same guy who brought gold to Argentina is about to do the same to the Alamo.
And what happened to the Pistons?
After roaring to a 13-point lead to open the game I expected their usual offense black out. I just didn't think it would last the entire game.
And folks I don't think you will blame the refs, although some of you will any way. The Spurs were the better team this night.