Game 5: Does anyone know what to expect?
Had the Spurs blown that huge Game 4 lead, a lot of Spurs fans would be waving the white flag already. Instead, the series is tied and the Spurs hold home court advantage from here on out. In theory, they’ve got this.
Of course, we thought that the last time the Spurs had a home game that, ideally, they were supposed to win. Instead, they got sloppy and confused by what Dallas did on defense. But as a series goes on, it becomes harder and harder for teams to trick each other. In Games 3 and 4, the Spurs looked at times like they figured out what the Mavericks were doing on defense. It helped that Patty Mills started making shots and Boris Diaw went Catch-and-Shoot Bobo on us.
Having said that, I have no idea what’s going to happen tonight. The Spurs seemed to feel really good about surviving Game 4 with a win. Coach Pop praised the Spurs defense, Tim Duncan did the same. We touched on the bench’s improved play, but there’s still plenty of other guys who need to step up. Tony Parker didn’t show us very much that was positive on Monday night, but the 17-footer he hit with 1:37 left proved he hasn’t abandoned his jump shot, even if it appeared that way for the better part of the game. Some home cooking may help Parker get his groove back, but again, we won’t know for sure.
Shooting guards not named Manu Ginobili need to be much better. Danny Green and Marco Belinelli are so bad right now they can’t stay on the court. The home crowd might get them going, but we haven’t seen that so far. If one of them is good, the Spurs should be fine, but we really don’t know if either will be good.
I know tip-off tonight is just after 6 pm central time and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest or TNT. Past that I have no clue what to expect tonight. For Spurs fans looking for tickets to tonight’s Game 5, visit our friends at TiqIQ.