A lot has been made about the big things in San Antonio recently but you wont get your a$$ kicked by Charles Barkley for sticking up for these bigs.
Last night, the Big 3 of Tim Duncan (14&12), Tony Parker (22pts) and Barkley favorite Manu Ginobilli (11pts) won their 111th playoff game together. The accomplishment tops the 80’s trio of Kareem, Michael Cooper and Magic Johnson.
Tony Parker is also just 1 assist shy of joining Magic Johnson as one of just 10 players to ever record 1,000 career postseason assists. It’s safe to assume that he will get that 1 assist in GM3 against the Thunder on Sunday. It’s also safe to assume that the Thunder will score more than their GM2 total of 77 points, tied for the lowest in a playoff game since they moved to OKC, and not lose by 35 when they try to bounce back.
“(We) lost by a lot two games in a row. It’s hard for you to stay together, but we have a group of guys that are not front-runners and we’ll figure it out.” Durant said.
Without big man Serge Ibaka completing OKC’s Big 3, the Thunder’s group of guys will have to figure out how to stop the Spurs from scoring in the paint (120 points in games 1 & 2) if they are going to have any chance of stopping the Spurs Big 3 from putting their “most wins record” even more out of reach.
There is hope. There’s been 4 instances of a team winning a 7 games series after trailing 2-0 and losing both games by double-digits. The last time it happened was in 2008 when the Spurs did it to the Hornets and 4 years before that the Lakers did it to the Spurs.
But in the meantime, let’s just listen to Mark Whalberg and Ted celebrate.
3 BONUS VIDS OF THE BIG 3