That hissing sound heard all around SA late last night was the collective sigh of relief from Spurs fans that followed the 121-96 win over the Rockets.
The Rockets made 22-of-50 3-point shots. No team has ever made more than 15 3-pointers in a playoff game against the Spurs.
There’s a widely-accepted maxim in NBA playoff basketball that the most difficult win to attain is the close-out game.
In Game 5 of the Spurs’ first-round playoff series against the Grizzlies, Manu Ginobili scored eight points in the first quarter of the Spurs’ 116-103 win.
The fact the Spurs and Grizzlies played an instant classic playoff game won’t mollify Spurs fans disappointed by a 110-108 overtime loss.
Thursday’s game ended in a 105-94 Grizzlies victory that sets up a pivotal Game 4 on Saturday night at FedEx, where the Spurs have yet to win this season.
Kawhi Leonard scored a career playoff high 37 points on just 14 shots, and Tony Parker had a second solid game scoring 15 points.
Nobody expected the Spurs to have an easy time of it in their first-round NBA playoff series against the muck-it-up and grind-it-out defense of the Memphis Grizzlies, not even when Tony Allen, Memphis’ version of Bruce Bowen, was declared out for the series with a calf injury.
It was supposed to be a conversation about life on the basketball court after Tim Duncan. Gregg Popovich turned it into a discussion of race relations.
Spurs fans got a splash of cold water in their faces Wednesday when the Warriors wiped out a 22-point San Antonio lead on their way to a 110-98 victory.