Friday, January 13, 2006

The Big Basketball Game Last Night

Believe it or not, there was a basketball game played last night that didn't involve Kobe or Lebron. I can see where people might not have realized it since it wasn't nearly as hyped, but the teams were only the Detroit Pistons vs the San Antonio Spurs. Yes, the game no one heard about was only the preview to this year's NBA Championship Finals since both the Spurs and the Pistons are head and shoulders better than anyone else in their respective conferences.

As a Spurs fan, I am somewhat glad that this game happened under the radar, since it seems the Pistons completely outclassed SA in every aspect of the game. They shot better, rebounded better, defended better, hustled more... the list goes on and on. It was the definition of domination. They have learned that turning Duncan, Parker and Ginobili into jump shooter means reducing their effectiveness on the court tremendously. Parker and Ginobili both are most effective driving to the basket and attacking the defense resulting in layups and easy points. By playing off from he Spur's guards, they removed their best weapons and, thus, their ability to take over the game.

The type of defender who has always given TD the most trouble has been the quick, long types, which Rasheed fits into perfectly. Rasheed does an excellent job of not letting Duncan get to his favorite spots in positions to do his favorite moves. Maybe when Duncan was in his first few years when he remembered he still had a left hand attached to his body would he be harder to defend. As it is now, you know he is going with his right hand and with Detroit's off the ball help defense, Challenging his shots is much easier. Charley Rosen at has a nice, if somewhat painful breakdown of the beatdown.

Luckily, the Spurs still have half a season to figure it out. They don't really start playing until after the rodeo roadtrip in February anyways.

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