NBA Roundtable

Game One: Los Angeles vs San Antonio

In 2008 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 22, 2008 at 3:55 am
  • Gasol and Duncan are going to defend each other. Good matchup
  • Bruce Bowen knocks down a two pointer on the right wing. He’s had quite a few solid scroring nights against the Lakers over the years.
  • Radmanovic and Parker trade buckets
  • Bryant on the screen and roll to Gasol, layup
  • Parker knocks down the 21 footer from the left corner, using the screen off the ball to free him up. Nice pass from Bowen from the top of the key.
  • Kobe to Gasol, short runner, rolls off the rim, good shot
  • Ginobili’s nail ripped off. Not nice. He has an acrylic nail. You betcha I spelled that word wrong.
  • Odom on the boards. Odom runs the court, layup, stripped on the attempt, Spurs run the other way, Parker into the paint to Duncan, layup.
  • Radmanovic drives on Manu, gets the off balance runner to go
  • Parker and Oberto run the screen and roll, Parker bounce pass to Oberto, shot fake, layup
  • Bryant with a lovely pass to Radmanovic 4 feet from the rim, turnaround short hook. Nice. Lakers going right at Manu Ginobili.
  • Odom down in the paint, blocking foul on Oberto.
  • Fisher misses a pull up on the slow break
  • Spurs lead 10-8 after 5 minutes
  • Duncan into the paint off the shot fake, blocked by Odom, Fisher leads the break the other way, layup, miss, Radmanovic tips it back in
  • Radmanovic is defending Ginobili on the other end too. Byrant has Bowen.
  • Bowen hits a 21 footer on the left wing this time. Nice catch and shoot off the baseline inbounds pass. Smart play.
  • Timeout Popovich
  • Duncan dunks off a set play
  • Robert Horry checks in. I think we’ll be seeing a good bit of Horry checking Odom in this series. Odom goes right at him and gets the roll on the short hook off the spin move into the paint.
  • Parker has a long J rim out. They kept him nicely out of the paint
  • Odom drives into the paint again, Horry blocks him
  • Ginobili misses the short J, offensive rebound Duncan to Bowen, long J, miss, loose ball foul on Horry fighting for the rebound. He#s doing that a lot in the playoffs.
  • Gasol misses a 14 footer, face up J over Duncan, loose ball, out of bounds off LA
  • Tony Parker drives right past Fisher, 10 footer, nails it
  • Horry blocks Fisher out of bounds, inbounds to Gasol, drives right into the middle, layup
  • Gasol deflects the ball out bounds. Good work in the passing lanes stopping Bowen from swinging the ball into the corner
  • Spurs lead 16-14
  • Drive and dish by Parker to Udoka, three pointer in the corner
  • Pass over the top to Odom, Duncan breaks it up, Odom retrives it, ball goes inside, miss
  • Duncan inside again, lovely pass by Parker, screen and roll, lovely pass threading the needle to Duncan through two Lakers down the middle of the paint, foul and the layup. Hits the FT.
  • Spurs lead 22-14
  • This Laker team can go on runs quick
  • Bowen fighting Bryant off the midpost, Bryant eventually gets free, seals him, gets the pass on the left wing, face up, drives right into the paint, dish to Gasol to beat the help defense, layup
  • Defensive rebound Gasol
  • Spurs transition defense has been excellent so far
  • Horry forces Odom into a tough shot falling away from the hoop on the drive, miss
  • Parker drives in on the left wing, two Lakers in his way, Odom on the left at the elbow, Gasol to the right, he draws Odom down, spins back the other way, layup over the stretched Odom, wow.
  • Timeout LA
  • Ball fake Radmanovic, drives through the middle, layup. He’s playing very well in the first quarter
  • Vujacic fouls Manu off the dribble
  • 2 minutes to go in the first, Spurs lead 24-18
  • Ginobili on the drive and dish, to Parker, drive and dish to Finley, swings it to the corner, Manu filling his spot, three pointer, nails it
  • Gasol goes right at Oberto, turn and face in the middle of the paint, gets the foul and the 10 foot jump shot. Hits the FT. Two fouls on Oberto. Still no Kurt Thomas. Looks like he’ll be the fourth big in the rotation this series. Kurt enters the game.
  • Farmar gets Kurt on the switch, gives it up, wants it back, Kurt gives up the jumper, three pointer, hits it
  • 6-0 run LA, they needed that
  • Parker runs down the clock, misses the short jumper
  • Lakers defensive rebound, Kobe controls the slow break, drive and dish to Sasha, three pointer for the tie, no good
  • End of One
  • Spurs lead 27-24
  • Udoka opens up the second quarter
  • Sasha reponds with a three from the left wing. Nice pop out off the screen at 18 feet, just shot over the top of Manu
  • Manu squirms through the trap, into the paint, half hook over teh Lakers help defense, hits it
  • Walton misses the open jumper, rebound bounces to LA, Odom on the midpost against Udoka, Udoka bodying him up and keeping him outside of the paint, Odom picks it up, shot fake, doesn’t bite, forces Lamar into a tough shot, miss.
  • Vujacic strips Ginobili, pushes the ball up through the middle of the floor, over to the right lane to Farmar, layup and the foul
  • Duncan back in, fadeaway, bad shot, air ball. That was a one handed fadeaway jumper on the baseline over Turiaf
  • Walton posts up Finley, spin move, turnaround from 6 feet, misses. Nice move, good shot, just missed.
  • Duncan on the left post, spin move baseline, pump fake, layup under the rim
  • Turiaf goes up through Duncan’s arms, foul, dumb foul TD.
  • Tied game at 33
  • Duncan fouled in the paint again, rims the first the FT. Brent Barry enters the game for Manu. 8 minutes to go in the half. Duncan hits the second. 8 minutes to play in the first half.
  • Sasha gets the hand off off the high post on the left wing, takes one dribble left, corner J off the bounce from 18 feet, miss
  • Loose ball foul on Duncan, that’s two on Tim. He has 10 points.
  • Gasol with a nice quick move against Kurt, finishes over the top of him, nice.
  • Parker hits the shot. Next Spurs possession, Parker pushes the ball hard, hits Barry on the right wing, three pointer, miss
  • Spurs lead 45-39 as Parker turns it over after the show by Gasol on the screen and roll
  • Spurs now have 2 turnovers. Lakers 3. Great game, flowing offense.
  • Barry picks off Gasol’s pass, Spurs come up the other way, reset it, Fisher knocks it loose on Ginobili, no foul. Fisher had 21 steals in 6 games against the Jazz. Sideline out, Odom defending the inbounds, they get it to Manu, opposite wing to Barry, hits the three
  • Ginobili strips Fish, out of play, give and go off the inbounds, good help defense, Vujacic brings it back out, changes his mind, drives baseline, layup, blocked by Duncan
  • Duncan forces a 20 footer, rebound Odom
  • Kobe bounce pass in traffic, out of bounds off LA. Turnover.
  • Timeout
  • Spurs lead 47-39
  • Fastbreak, Bowen ran right by Odom, Odom missed the layup. Bowen might have bothered him.
  • Duncan in the low post, turnaround bank shot, hits it. Spurs up 10. Four point swing.
  • Bryant on the left elbow, spins right into the lane, layup. That’s Kobe’s first field goal.
  • Duncan driving runner, hits it
  • Gasol down low, jump hook, miss, rebound Bowen. Outlet to Tony, Spurs get into their halfcourt, Tony drive and kick to Udoka, to Ginobili off the bad drive, misses the 18 footer along the baseline. That baseline on the left wing got real crowded, three Spurs there in the end, they could have just swung the ball out to Parker and allowed him to exploit his defender.
  • Kobe drive and kick to Sasha, hits a long two
  • Timeout, 20 sec, Spurs
  • 2.9 seconds remaining. Fisher fouled there, that’s two.
  • Duncan inbounds, Gasol all over him, can’t get it in, Ginobili swerves loose, pump fake from three to get Odom out of his way, shot, Odom gets back in it, misses the shot.
  • Halftime
  • Spurs lead 51-43
  • Some Team Stats – Spurs slightly edge the boards 20-19. Combined blocks/steals is 6-4 Spurs. Spurs have two turnovers conceding three points. Lakers have 5 turnovers conceding 6 points. The Lakers have 11 assists on 18 made field goals, shooting 44%, 2-4 from three, 5-8 at the line. The Spurs had 5 more shots, making all five. They had 12 assists on 23 made baskets, shooting 50%, 3-9 from three, 2-3 from the line (all Duncan).
  • Lamar Odom has 4 points, 6 rebounds, 2 dimes and 2 blocks. He needs to get his scoring into gear. Kobe has been quiet also with only 2 points, he does have 5 assists though. Gasol and Radmanovic lead LA with a combined 21 points and 6 rebounds. Farmar had 8 off the bench, Fisher 0, Vujacic 5.
  • The Spurs were led by Duncan with 16 (7-13) and 9. Parker had 12 (6-10), 5 and 4 rebounds. Manu was 2-7 with 5 points and 3 dimes. Bowen had 7, Oberto 2, bench had 9 (Udoka 5).

Second half

  • Bowen hits from 18 feet off the right elbow. Lead back to 10
  • Kobe misses from 16. He’s now 1-4 from the field
  • Duncan goes galss from 17 feet on the left wing
  • Gasol spins baseline on the left block, dunk attempt, miss
  • Fisher picks up a foul, that’s three
  • Lovely passing by San Antonio. Lakers very aggressive on the screen and rolls, Parker and Duncan work the left wing, Parker drives to the corner, behind the back double bounce pass to Duncan on the top of the key, quick pass down low to Oberto, pump fake, draws the foul, hits the layup
  • Spurs lead 57-43
  • Turnover, Spurs steal, fastbreak, Parker draws the foul, hits the first
  • Laker timeout
  • 8 minutes to go in the third
  • Kobe gets a long jumper to go
  • Parker misses a teardrop, Gasol rebound, foul on Udoka
  • Duncan blocks Gasol’s lefty hook
  • Duncan throws the ball away on an errant pass, turnover
  • Spurs run the break, Parker to Udoka, 13 footer on the right baseline, hits it
  • Parker drives into the teeth of the defense, fouled
  • Lakers miss again
  • Duncan down on the right block, slow dribble backing down Gasol, short hook in the lane
  • Foul off the ball on Bowen
  • Bowen comes out, Udoka on him
  • Bryant immediately takes the 19 footer from the top of the key
  • Fastbreak, Bryant lob pass to the rim for Gasol, layup
  • Spurs Timeout
  • Kobe nails a three
  • Kobe posts up Udoka on the right wing, clear out, high post, drives right, razzle dazzle drive draws the foul
  • Doug Collins hit it on the nail. Udoka isn’t quick enough to defend Kobe.
  • Gasol shows on teh screen and roll, knocks the ball away from Parker, Parker gets it back, into the paint, to Duncan, misses from 5 feet
  • Ginobili on Kobe now
  • Kobe takes a three, miss
  • Vujacic passes up Bryant in the post, three pointer, hits it
  • 12-0 Laker run
  • Spurs now lead 65-57
  • The Spurs were up 20 just a few minutes ago. Now they’re in a dog fight.
  • Duncan blocks Kobe, Gasol fouls Duncan as he falls over. Duncan misses both
  • Kobe lobs it to the rim, tapped in by Gasol
  • 6 point game
  • Timeout Spurs
  • Nice ball movement from the Spurs, bad final pass by Finley to Manu’s ankles, Manu takes it anyway, hits the three
  • Kobe lobs it to the rim again, layup
  • Duncan clear out on the left block, bank shot from 14 feet. Duncan has 22
  • Spurs lead 70-61 with a minute to play in the third
  • Bryant behind his back, loses Manu, pivot, Manu runs by him, pump fake, Manu runs by him again, hits it
  • Parker into the lane hits the floater. He has 18 now
  • Kobe to Gasol, layup, he has 19 points now
  • Parker spinning move into the lane, fallaway over Gasol, misses
  • End of three
  • Spurs lead 72-65

Fourth Quarter

  • Kobe on the iso against Bowen, Kobe tumbles, calls a 20 second timeout to avoid the turnover
  • Kobe steals the ball, layup, lead down to 5
  • Duncan hits Barry cutting to the rim, Barry throws up an odd rolling hook, miss
  • Walton with a tricky backwards between the legs pass to Fish on the move, Fisher misses the 18 footer after a bounce
  • Duncan fouled. He’ll shoot two. Hits both
  • Ginobili gets a good look from three, miss
  • Turiaf misses an 18 footer
  • Duncan doubled, kick out, re-post, Duncan spins baseline,  one handed fallaway J and the foul against Turiaf. TD misses the FT. He’s 4-8 now from the FT line.
  • Fisher played by Vaughn, he muscles his way to the hoop, runner
  • Doug Collins thinks Vaughn is in the game to pressure Fisher in the backcourt in order to slow down the Laker offense
  • Turiaf fouls Duncan again.
  • Timeout
  • Byrant squeezes by Bowen for a driving shot. He has 17 points in the second half now. Still 8 minutes to go in the fourth
  • Odom defensive rebound, fastbreak, Kobe on the right wing, drives into the middle, runner, hits it
  • Parker’s pass deflected by Bryant, Bowen gest it, takes it, hits the corner three
  • Good contest by Bowen, Bryant has his 14 footer rim in and out
  • Lovely pass in by Fisher, down low on the baseline side of the left block, Odom under the hoop, foul on Finley.
  • Odom misses the first, hits the second. He has 6 points now
  • Spurs lead 81-77
  • Manu dishes to Udoka, shot fake, dribbles baseline, turnover
  • Lakers push it, Fisher misses the quick 22 footer
  • Duncan clear out, doubled, Parker gets the open three, miss, offensive rebound Duncan, Udoka shot fake, pull up, misses, loose ball foul on Duncan
  • Great defense by Bowen forcing a difficult shot, miss
  • 5:20 to play
  • Same score as above
  • Parker misses a 18 footer
  • Turnover, Lakers fastbreak, Fisher drivign through the Spurs, gets the foul
  • Manu threw that ball away. He’s had a bad night.
  • Fisher hits both. Two point game with 4:32 to play.
  • Gasol blocks Ginobil, still Spurs ball on the inbounds
  • Duncan misses glass
  • Odom runs the floor, layup, miss
  • Spurs have 3 points in the last 3:30
  • Down into the left block with Duncan, Duncan takes a tough right handed hook, miss, Laker rebound, Odom loses his balance and falls out of bounds
  • Finley takes a quick three, misses
  • Kobe posts up Lamar, down low on Finley, miss, taps it in
  • Finley cannot defend Lamar Odom
  • Tied at 81 with 3 minutes to play
  • 20 point turnaround since the 5:50 mark in the third. They are 5-23 from the floor with 7 turnovers.
  • Spurs turnover, Parker this time
  • Kobe on the right wing, drives baseline, foul on Bowen, soft foul, bad call, Kobe to the line. He hits both. Lakers take their first lead of the game.
  • 2:42 to play
  • Udoka air balls a three. Not who you want shooting right now.
  • Pull up J from Kobe from 16 feet on the right wing, hits it
  • Duncan doubled, Udoka misses another badly
  • Bryant swerves up the floor, nothing on, resets, Gasol in the paint, passes out to Fish, step back J from 18 feet, miss.
  • Ginobili is 3-12 tonight with a couple of turnovers, they give him the ball anyway. Blocking foul on Fisher. Lakers in the penalty. That’s 5 for Fisher. Manu takes two, makes two.
  • Lakers lead 85-83
  • Odom misses the runner, Duncan rebound, deflected out of bounds, near ref says Laker ball, Duncan says the Lakers hit it out, the other two refs come over to confer, Lakers ball. Baseline ball LA.
  • 20 sec Timeout
  • Gasol pump fake, misses the dunk, out of bounds. Spurs ball. Foul could have gone either way on that loose ball foul.
  • 55 secs to play
  • Ginobili has it, high screen and roll, Duncan takes the floater, misses, he taps in his miss, Duncan has 30 and 18 now.
  • Tied at 85
  • Kobe trapped hard, Bowen slips, Bryant drives, bumps off Bowen, 12 footer, hits it. Huge shot
  • Timeout Spurs
  • 20 secs to play
  • Spurs need a two to force overtime.
  • Horry comes in, alongside FInley, Manu, Parker, Duncan. Parker has it up top, he drives inside, gives it up, Manu takes the three, miss, loose ball on the rebound, four players dive on the ball, squirms lose to Vujacic, foul
  • Sasha hits the first, three point lead, 7 seconds to play, hits the second. Four point lead. The Lakers biggest lead of the night.
  • 20 sec timeout Popovich
  • Game Over

Lakers win. Great start to the series, both teams laid down interesting claims to being the victor overall.

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  1. It will be tough for anyone after that gruesome series against the Hornets.

    It could have been anyone’s bad game but unfortunately t just had to be Manu. I agree with you that all season he has been their best shooter.

    Give them time, at least that’s why I believe. They need to recover and regain their energy.

    Remember, everyone written them off against the Suns, they won. Everyone written them against the Hornets, they won. So lets not judge them to soon shall we.

    This is going to be just another classic playoff series.

    Here is review on the game. Do please share your thought as well…

    http://mundoalbiceleste.blogspot.com/2008/05/playoff-news-bad-night-for-manu-as.html

  2. Hey John,

    Ah yeah, it’s only game one. It was an unneccessary loss considering they were up 20 but there’s a long way to go yet. The Spurs showed off Duncan’s dominance. On the other hand they failed to get Ginobili going, Parker was slighly below par, and none of their shooters had a big night. I think they were 5-20 from three, something like that.

    Long way to go yet

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