2005 Spurs.com Finals Notebook
Welcome to the Spurs Notebook! Keep visiting this page during the Finals to get stories, links and more from the crew of spurs.com as we follow the San Antonio Spurs on their quest for the title! Also, if you have a question about life in the Finals Email it to us and we will answer them right here in the Spurs.com Finals Notebook!
Spurs Win! Let The Fiesta Begin!
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 24, 7:16am
The 16th Finals Game 7 saw the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Detroit Pistons 81-74 to capture their second title in three years and third in seven. Finals MVP Tim Duncan -- his third in as many appearances -- led the way with 25 points, including 12 in the third period, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Playing in his seventh Game 7, Robert Horry scored 15 points with two big threes, while MVP runner-up Manu Ginobili added 23 points, five rebounds and a team-high four assists. Horry now has six titles, one of only 12 players with at least six rings.
Here are the particulars of the seven-game series:
One Shot Left
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 23, 7:39pm
Before you head on over for the final Fanalyst Blog of the season, take a moment and check out Game 7: Inside The Numbers...
One Shot Left
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 23, 3:21pm
The Pistons are 4-0 in their last four Game 7s.
Their streak when needing one win to clinch a series was extended to 10-0 with their 4-3 series win over the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Over the last two postseasons, the Pistons are 5-0 when facing elimination.
The Spurs have made 157 threes during the playoffs, nearly doubling their opponents' 79. In Game 6, however, the Pistons made 13 threes while the Spurs made eight
Of the previous 15 Finals Game 7s, only three teams have won a Finals Game 7 on the road.
NEWS & NOTES
Is This It?
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 23, 12:02pm
Every NBA great has had at least one moment that defines him as a sports icon. For some, that moment has come in the ultimate game and on the biggest stage:
Game 7 of The Finals. The Lakers' Jerry West recorded a Game 7 stat line for the ages in 1969 -- 42 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists -- and is still the lone MVP from a losing team.
A year later, Willis Reed inspired his teammates by limping on to the court, Walt Frazier scored 36 points to go along with 19 assists, and the Knicks captured their first title by defeating the Lakers.
In 1988, James Worthy did West proud, recording a triple-double and guiding the Lakers to the first title repeat in nearly 20 years.
And in the last Finals Game 7, 1994, Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon had a Dream performance with 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks, as the Rockets captured their first of consecutive titles, beating the Knicks.
From Manu Ginobili's acrobatics in Games 1 and 2 to Ben Wallace's shutdown D the next two games
to Robert Horry's instant-classic heroics in Game 5, the first six games of The Finals have produced some memorable moments. Click here to check out the highlights.
One Shot Left
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 22, 5:59pm
The NBA Finals is headed to a Game 7 for the first time since 1994. Wiinner take all. One and done. Two teams enter, one team leaves with the Larry O'Brien Trophy (or possibly a championship belt). On Wednesday both the Spurs and Pistons had a lot to say about Thursday's Finals Finale when they met with the media at the SBC Center. Read all about it here.
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 21, 7:34pm
Game 6 is tipping off within the hour! Time to head on over to the Fanalyst Blog for live in-game coverage. Hopefully it will be a live description of the Spurs making some history...
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 21, 1:09pm
The Spurs are looking for their third title in seven years, which would cement their status as one of the best teams in recent memory. A San Antonio victory would make Robert Horry, whose Game 5 heroics places him in the Pantheon of great Finals performers, one of only 12 players with six or more championship rings
Robert Horry is the all-time leader in three-pointers made in The Finals, but the five that he had in Game 5 set a Finals career high (he had previously hit four threes in a game twice in the Finals)
The Spurs have made 149 threes during the playoffs, more than doubling their opponents, who have made only 71 threes
The Pistons’ last win in San Antonio was on April 2, 1997
Detroit is 6-0 in the 2005 Playoffs when Rasheed Wallace scores more than 15 points in a game, and just 6-6 when he scores 15 or less. He has yet to score more than 15 points in any Finals game. Since joining the Pistons, Wallace has never been held to 15 points or less for six consecutive games.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, of the prior 23 times that the Finals were tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner went on to close out the series in Game 6 10 times. Of those 23 times, the Game 5 winner has gone on to win the title 17 times, a .739 winning percentage. The most recent time it happened was 2003, when San Antonio defeated New Jersey. The most recent time the Game 5 loser won The Finals (following a 2-2 tie) came in 1994, when the Houston Rockets rebounded from a Game 5 loss to defeat the N.Y. Knicks in Games 6 and 7.
NEWS & NOTES
Has A Ring To It
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 20, 5:36pm
Bigger shot: Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle or Robert Horry's Father's Day Finish?View Results
Horry scored all 21 of his points over the final 17 minutes, helping to bail out Tim Duncan, who missed 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch and a potential game-winning follow at the end of regulation
Game 6 is in San Antonio, where the Spurs are 45-5 this season and the Pistons have lost 10 straight games since April 2, 1997
Of the prior 23 times a finals series has been tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has gone on to win the title 17 times. The most recent time it happened was 2003, when San Antonio defeated New Jersey. A Game 5 loser won following a 2-2 tie most recently in 1994, when the Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks in Games 6 and 7
Since the 2-3-2 format was implemented in 1985, the home team is 9-3 (.750) in Game 6. When the home team has a 3-2 lead, it is 7-0 in Game 6.
And We're Back!
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 20, 5:21am
The fan showing at the airport was exceptional. Many waited several hours to catch a glimpse of the Spurs as they departed the team plane and into their cars. I heard estimates in the 6-8k range, but we did not get an official count. A few players had their personal video cameras turned on and filmed the crowd as they headed to their cars. They seemed happy to be back in San Antonio with a 3-2 series lead. Robert Horry took time out to thank the fans and say a few words. You can watch what he had to say by clicking his picture on the right.
NEWS & NOTES
Boom Goes The Dynamite
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 20, 12:26am
Wow. 3-2. Big Shot Rob was incredible. Game 5 was what almost everyone thought this series was going to be like every game. I don't think my heart could take it if it was. Time to head out to the airport and welcome back the team!
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 19, 10:26am
A look at some of The Finals’ most memorable performances in the pivotal Game Five:
2003: Tim Duncan
Duncan scores a game-high 29 points (10-18 FGA, 9-10 FTA) with 17 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in 46 minutes in Spurs’ 93-83 win at New Jersey. Spurs win series in six, Duncan named Finals MVP.
1997: Michael Jordan
Flu-ridden Jordan pours in a game-high 38 points (13-27 FGA, 10-12 FTA, 2-4 from Downtown) with seven boards and five assists in 44 minutes to lead Bulls to 90-88 win at Utah. Bulls win series in six, Jordan named Finals MVP.
1992: Michael Jordan
Jordan scores 46 points – his second-highest scoring Finals game – on 14-23 FGA, 16-19 FTA and 2-4 from Downtown, adding five rebounds and four assists in 42 minutes in Bulls’ decisive 119-106 win at Portland. Bulls win series with come-from-behind triumph in Game Six, Jordan named Finals MVP.
1985: Kareem, Magic and Big Game James
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores a game-high 36 points, James Worthy adds 33 and Magic Johnson has 26 points and 17 assists in Lakers’ 120-111 win over Celtics at the Forum. Lakers win title in Game Six at Boston, Kareem named Finals MVP.
Larry Bird scores 34 points on 15-of-20 shooting and grabs 17 rebounds as Celtics win in Boston, 121-103. Celtics won the series with Game Seven 111-102 win at Boston, Larry Bird named Finals MVP.
1981: Cedric Maxwell
Maxwell notches game highs in points (28 on 10-13 FGA, 8-10 FTA) and rebounds (15, including seven offensive) in Celtics’ 109-80 rout of Rockets at Boston. Celtics win series in six, Maxwell named Finals MVP.
1977: Walton, Mo and Bobby
Bill Walton hauls in 24 rebounds with 14 points, Maurice Lucas scores 20 points with 13 boards and unheralded Bobby Gross scores a team-high 25 points (10-13 FGA, 5-5 FTA) in just 25 minutes as Blazers stun Sixers, 110-104 at the Spectrum. Blazers take a 3-2 series lead after losing the first two games, and it’s the first win for a road team in the series. . .Blazers clinch title with wild Game Six win at Portland, Walton named Finals MVP.
1976: Glenn McDonald!! Glenn McDonald!!
Literally the last man on the Celtics’ bench, McDonald scores eight points (3-5 FGA, 2-2 FTA) in the third overtime to lift Boston to 128-126 win over Suns in 3OT classic at the Boston Garden. Celtics win series in Game Six at Phoenix, Jo Jo White – who scored a game-high 33 points in Game Five -- named Finals MVP.
1970: That Old Knicks Magic
With Knicks trailing LA 25-15 late in the first quarter, Willis Reed crumbles to the floor w/thigh injury. Knicks regroup and use a 1-3-1 lineup to throw a defensive blanket over the Lakers the rest of the way. Knicks force 30 turnovers and hold Wilt Chamberlain to four points in the second half, and Jerry West to no FGM in the second half. Walt Frazier scores 21 points with 12 assists, while Cazzie Russell (20 pts) and Dave Stallworth (12) come off the bench to play huge roles in Knicks’ 107-100 win at MSG. Reed returns for Knicks’ title clincher in Game Seven, and is named Finals MVP.
Game 5s -- Where Finals MVPs Are Born
-- Posted by Jeff Brody: June 18, 10:40pm
With pivotal Game 5 set for tomorrow, history shows a dominating performance by a player likely could lead to The Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy for his team and the MVP award for the individual. Of the 23 previous Finals that have been tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 has gone on to win the title 17 times, a .739 winning percentage.
Tim Duncan, who won Finals MVP awards in 1999 and 2003, dominated in both series' Game 5s. In 2003, he had 29 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks and four assists, as the Spurs defeated the Nets. Against the Knicks in 1999, Duncan's Game 5 totals included a team-high 31 points and nine boards.
The Pistons can look back to 1990 for motivation when Finals MVP Isiah Thomas scored a game-high 29 points on 13-of-20 shooting to go along with five assists and two steals in Detroit's Game 5 clincher, leading them to repeat as champs.
NEWS & NOTES
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 17, 5:34pm
Tim Duncan may have stumbled into some road blocks against the Pistons the last two games, but there was nothing stopping him in Game 5 of the 2003 Finals, when he tallied 29 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and four blocks as the Spurs took a 3-2 lead on their way to a second NBA title.
Of the prior 23 times a Finals has been tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has gone on to win the title 17 times, a .739 winning percentage. The most recent time it has happened was 2003, when San Antonio defeated New Jersey. The most recent time the Game 5 loser has won The Finals (following a 2-2 tie) came in 1994, when the Houston Rockets rebounded from a Game 5 loss to defeat the New York Knicks in Games 6 and 7.
Since the Finals went to the 2-3-2 format in 1985, the Game 5 winner (following a 2-2 tie) has won the Finals four out of six times (most recent: San Antonio over New Jersey in 2003).
NEWS & NOTES
The Big Bounce
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 16, 11:19am
Every time the Spurs have lost a Finals game, they have bounced back to win the following game on the road. In the 2003 Finals, N.J. defeated S.A. in Game 2 87-85; S.A. bounced back in Game 3 84-79. N.J. won Game 4 77-76; S.A. won Game 5 93-83. In the 1999 Finals, N.Y. won Game 3 89-81; S.A. won Game 4 96-89.
The Spurs have made over twice as many three-pointers during the postseason than their opponents. The Spurs have made 136 threes during the playoffs, more than doubling their opponents, who have made only 67 threes. The Spurs are shooting .391 (136-348) from behind the arc in the playoffs, which is the league’s fourth best percentage from downtown. Manu Ginobili is leading the team in three-point field goals (37), attempts (77) and percentage (.481).
NEWS & NOTES
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 15, 5:51pm
So many links, so little time. Check out all of the headlines from around the country about Game 3.
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 15, 2:44pm
Every player has their own pregame ritual. A certain song, a certain pattern of shots in the pregame shootaround, a certain sneaker that gets laced first.
But the attention focuses on the players from the moment they step in to the arena. Here's a roundup of some of the players as they made their way into The Palace for Game 3 of The Finals.
So check out the pregame styles and cast your vote for who you think had the best arrival look on Tuesday.
Raise The Roof Part 2
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 14, 9:57pm
The SBC Center is filled to the roof tonight for the Game 3 watching party. Through my eyes, there are more people than seats available. It's an absolute madhouse of Spurs fever. Click here to see some video from the last row in Section 223.
Raise The Roof
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 14, 5:42pm
Ever wonder how loud a Spurs game is at the SBC Center? NBA.com did during Game 2 of the Finals and sent a brave soul into the fray with the Finals Decibel Meter. Click here to see the results! They are making the same venture tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills and you can follow along right here.
Speaking of NBA.com, don't forget to check in on their Finals Blog during Game 3 tonight in Detroit.
A World Watches
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 14, 11:28am
Manu Ginobili's transcendent performance in The Finals is driving record global audiences as Game 2 of the Spurs-Pistons series drew an estimated 115 million viewers, building on the more than 105 million viewers estimated to have tuned in for Game 1.
In Argentina, where favorite son Ginobili is a national treasure, an estimated 4.25 million fans have tuned in for the first two games. In the United States, Game 2 of The Finals on ABC was the most watched program on Sunday, with 10.67 million viewers.
With 205 countries televising The Finals and a record seven international players competing for The Larry O'Brien Trophy, the games are also drawing record audiences in other countries. An estimated 50 million viewers in China watched Game 1 and Game 2.
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 13, 4:28pm
The Spurs have now played 13 Finals games and have never allowed an opponent to score more than 90 points. The Spurs' defense has recorded two sub-70 point games in the Finals (67 points by the Knicks in Game 2 of 1999 and 69 points by Pistons in Game 1 this year). Over that span, the Spurs have allowed 79.7 ppg on .381 shooting
Robert Horry has played in 193 career Playoff games, tying Danny Ainge and Karl Malone for third all-time, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (237) and Scottie Pippen (208).
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 13, 11:45am
Long after the fans at the SBC Center have gone home, the media is still working. Check out this video of the working TV crews from around midnight after Game 2.
Change of Venue
-- Posted by Daniel Banks : June 12, 7:45pm
Hey Spurs fans! For all your blogging needs during Game 2 head on over to the Fanalyst Blog for the behind-and-above-the-scenes look at the game.
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 12, 1:11pm
Manu Ginobili took over the fourth quarter of Game 1 of The Finals, scoring 15 of his game-high 26 points, as the Spurs took a 1-0 series lead with a 84-69 victory. It was as much the style with which he scored as the substance of his baskets that left the SBC Center in awe.
"Even playing with him all year, when he gets into a rhythm like that where he starts going, it's like you want to sit there and watch him play," Duncan said the day after Game 1. "You get caught up in what he does and that's probably the worst thing that we can do is just sit there and watch him play, but you get mesmerized by what he's doing."
He's been mesmerizing viewers since the postseason started and has become a nightly staple of sports highlight shows. Click here to view Ginobili's top five plays of the postseason.
NEWS & NOTES
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 11, 10:13am
With 205 countries televising the NBA Finals, more than 105 million viewers worldwide are estimated to have tuned in to Game 1 on Thursday, June 9. An estimated 25 million viewers in China watched Game 1 while in Argentina, home country of Spurs guard and Game 1 star Manu Ginobili, drew an estimated 2 million viewers - the most ever for an NBA telecast in the country.
In the United States, Game 1 of the 2005 NBA Finals - with close to 11 million viewers - led ABC to win Thursday night in primetime among Adults 18-49 (4.4/14), Adults 18-34 (4.2/15) and across all the key male demographics, with high double-digit wins over its nearest competition: Men 18-34 +45% (4.3/15), Men 18-49 +59% (4.2/16) and Men 25-54 +70% (4.6/14).
Compared to the last NBA Finals match-up not to feature the LA Lakers (2003 Game 1: New Jersey-San Antonio on 6/4/03), Game 1 of the 2005 NBA Finals was up by 13% in households, (7.2/13 vs. 6.4/11) 10% in Total Viewers (10.57 million vs. 9.6 million) by 10% among Adults 18-49 (4.4 vs. 4.0), 2% among Adults 18-34 (4.2 vs. 4.1), 16% among Men 18-49 (5.9 vs. 5.1) and 10% among Men 18-34 (5.7 vs. 5.2).
Take a look...It's in a book...
-- Posted by Daniel Banks : June 11, 12:30am
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty
Everyone knows conflict makes a better story. That's why there are no reality shows named Let's All Get Along Island or Friend Factor. The Spurs are just fine with flying under the radar without all the drama, and this series is a matchup of two teams who truly respecct each other. One short example: After games, the postgame speakers are usually kept apart from each other. One coach speaks and leaves then another arrives, etc. Last night as Tim Duncan was leaving the podium, he met Rip Hamilton in the hall waiting to go in next. Both of them smiled and shook hands...very geniune and away from the cameras. Now maybe that's not a big story but it's an indication of the quality people that go along with the quality play on the court. Finally, I've thought it over and Friend Factor just might be the next big hit. I call dibs on it.
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 10, 12:56pm
Manu Ginobili plays for the San Antonio Spurs, but he's found a home on the nightly highlight reels.
Since the postseason started, Top 10s, Top Plays and Plays of the Night have had one thing in common: at least one Manu highlight, complete with twisting, contorting, did-I-really-just-see-that shot.
Game 1 of the Finals included at least a half dozen such moments, as the
crafty lefty, one of a record seven international players in The Finals,
took over the game in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 of his 26 points and
leading the Spurs to victory. Coach Larry Brown -- a fan of playing "the
right way" -- had this to say of the budding superstar's performance: "You
know, every time you thought we were going to make a little run, he made a
huge play. He hits a big three, makes a dunk, the clock running down. He
played a marvelous game."
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 10, 4:16am
After Game 1 of the NBA Finals the Spurs lockerroom was a bit of a madhouse. Even with Coach Pop, Tim, Tony, and Manu going to a seperate room to do their interviews, the media was still poured in to the lockerroom. Click on the picture to the right and see some video of what it was like inside. Also, note that in the video that no players had made their way in yet!
Game 1 A-Go-Go
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 9, 5:20pm
We are heading out to take pictures and get a feel for the madness that is about to begin here at the SBC Center. This will be the last notebook post until the wee hours of Friday morning, so head on over to our in-game fanalyst blog which is already up and running for tonight's game. Also, check out our lastest feature, 2005 NBA Finals Media Moments!
Q and A
-- Posted by Daniel Banks : June 9, 10:30am
i am a big SPURS fan and i was curious what David Robinson was doing these days - Nathan
Howdy Nathan! David Robinson is still very active in the community and lately he's been really busy attending Spurs playoff games! He will also be a special guest to the Silver Stars game on June 18th and will speak after the game. So if you're in the area, check it out!
Lights Camera Action
-- Posted by Daniel Banks : June 9, 3:30am
Finals media day was quite an experience. John's video was a great look at what a thrill it was to wander around the Spurs court and being able to talk to Spurs players. Here is another view of the memorable madness that was Finals Media Day 2005.
This evening I got a chance to get a behind the scenes look at last-minute preparations for tomorrow's game. It is amazing how much work - all day and all night - goes into making the game and broadcast happen. I have to give a shout-out to my pals at the SBC Center who do their work so well that no one notices ... Get some sleep...next month!
Oh and one more thing.... have you heard about the auction going on for tickets to Game 2 plus an autographed Tim Duncan jersey? You can start digging in your couch cushions for loose change now.
Media Day Photo Gallery
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 8, 10:21pm
Photos from Media Day are up now. We have another video on the way and a special feature we did with some of the media types.More to come soon...
Media Day Video #1
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 8, 6:14pm
Check out this brief video of what Finals Media Day was like at the SBC Center. More to come soon...
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 8, 1:15pm
Whew! What a whirlwind! Finals Media Day came and went quickly, lasting only one hour. We have a ton of audio, video, and photos to sort through now and we'll hopefully get them up before sunset here in San Antonio.
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 8, 11:50am
We are headed down to Finals Media Day right now. We went this morning and picked up our Finals credentials at the media HQ downtown. Incase you have ever wondered what a Finals credential looks like I included a picture of it. It has been altered a bit to prevent reproduction, but essentially it looks like this. We'll be back with another update right after media day ends (it's not actually an entire day) so stayed tuned.
-- Posted by Daniel Banks : June 8, 9:40am
The NBA Finals technically begin tomorrow. Everyone is focused on Thursday, and that is especially obvious for anyone visiting the SBC Center - the new security measures went into effect yesterday so if you are coming out to the game be sure to plan accordingly.
Practice was buzzin' yesterday and here's a little something I've come to realize: When Brent Barry speaks, you have to listen. Now that's not because he is mad with power and demands attention from everyone within a ten foot radius...but because if you don't listen and really pay attention then all of a sudden you'll realize that he said something hilarious ten seconds before. So then of course you chuckle but by then he's moved on and you are stuck laughing by yourself. There was a cool scene though when Brent was making a great point about the Spurs going up against the defending champ Pistons and in the background a radio from the weight room started playing U2's Beautiful Day ... "Don't let it slip away!" ...it was a great made-for-tv moment.
Practice - Take 2
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 8, 1:17am
Photos from the June 7th practice are now up after a slight delay to cover the Silver Stars v. Mystics (we won 71-62!) to go along with the audio, video, and quotes below. Wednesday is Finals Media Day at the SBC Center and if it is anything like I experienced in 2003, it will be quite an odyssey. Things kick off around midday so expect loads of audio, video, and pics coming your way tomorrow afternoon/evening.
NEWS & NOTES
Practice, Practice, Practice
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 7, 6:25pm
Audio, Video, and Quotes are up from today's practice session. The guys sounded humble and glad to finally have the Pistons take place of the TBD they had been facing for the past few days. Photos will be up later tonight. We are now on our way to cover the Silver Stars-Mystics game here at the SBC Center.
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 7, 3:38pm
We are back from practice after having chatted with Brent Barry, Manu Ginobili, Nazr Mohammed, Coach Pop, and Bruce Bowen. We will have quotes, audio, video, and pics up soon, but first we have to transcribe quotes for NBA Media Central!
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 7, 10:54am
Our first question in the Finals Mailbag comes from Laura who asks...
i am a huge spurs fan, but thanks to my mom i had to travel to mexico as soon as the spurs won the western conference title, now i am here stuck in mexico not knowing if they are going to put the finals in TV, do you know if they are going to be on, please answer!!!!
Yes, the Finals will be on the air in Mexico on TV Azteca! So far only Game 1 broadcast info is out, but you can check the 2005 Finals International Broadcast Information for updates as the Finals begin. Currently they have viewing information for Africa / Middle East, Asia / Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.
Our next question is from Steve who asks...
Will the away games be broadcast at the SBC CENTER? If so, at what times will the doors open on those days?
We are checking on the away games broadcast and will keep you updated, but as of now we have heard nothing. As a fan it was neat to see such a large crowd gather at the Palace of Auburn Hills to watch the Piston's take on the Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Championship and I would love to see the same coverage of the SBC Center on ABC when we go to Detroit.
We received this email from the nation's capital...
How is Devin Brown? I hope he is ready to be the x-factor in the championship series. Let's come off the bench and light it up!
Shane in D.C.
Watching Devin in practice and prior to games he seems to be fine. That being said, he missed a significant amount of time when he was sidelined late in the season with a back injury and getting his spot back into the eight-man rotation probably won't happen in the Finals. It would be nice to have his athleticism on the court checking Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Chauncey Billups, but after having seen very little court time in the past few months rust would be a major issue. Unfortunately for Devin, The NBA Finals is not the place to shake off rust.
And the winner of the most exotic locale for this mailbag installment goes to Ricardo Dela Peña who checks in from Singapore...
I am from the Philippines but presently working in Singapore, an avid SPURS fan. Just wanna say GOOD LUCK to the best NBA team, I wish SPURS will be champions in four games, I am dead confident on that. Go SPURS GO !!!!!
I wish for the same Ricardo, but I'll settle for a good showing in Game 1 on Thursday!
That'll wrap up the mailbag for now, but don't forget to keep sending us more great questions about life in the Finals. We are headed to practice soon to check in on the team and will be back later in the day with a complete report
NEWS & NOTES
The Waiting Is the Hardest Part
-- Posted by John Robbins: June 6, 10:00pm
FINALLY! The matchup is set! The Spurs will battle the Detroit Pistons in the 2005 NBA Finals!
It's only been a few days since the Spurs advanced to the Finals, but in San Antonio (and especially here at the SBC Center) the past week has gone by at a sloooooooowwwww crawl. Not that we were looking for things to keep us busy, we have had more than our fair share of work to do to prepare, but waiting on the Eastern Conference Finals to wrap up caused a Christmas morning-like anticipation to build. Hopefully that should now ease a little as Thursday's Game 1 will be here before we know it.
In this Spurs.com Finals Notebook we plan on documenting the hectic pace on and off the court of life during the Finals. Hopefully it will be a behind the scenes look into what it takes to bring home the Larry O'Brien trophy back to San Antonio, but I don't want to get ahead of myself! We plan on updating this notebook multiple times during the course of the day, so be sure to check back often.
GO SPURS GO!
NEWS & NOTES