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This one tips at 10 PM EST, and would pick Tony Parker and company after their dominant performance recently.
“Finally, in the fourth quarter, we were more physical and played better defense,” Parker said after the victory. “And we just know how to win. In the fourth quarter, when it’s tight, we know how to execute and we know what we want to do on offense.”
Parker was won at both the international and pro basketball level, and you can tell that the Spurs coaching staff gives him quite a long leash. One of my favorite moments from last year’s playoffs was when head coach Gregg Popovich handed over the huddle to Parker late in a game, and the Spurs ended up winning. It just shows the trust between player and coach, and it is quite a rare thing to see in today’s game.
Tim Duncan looks to have turned back the clock a bit this year, and if the power forward can give them thirty-five minutes a night in the playoffs , then the Spurs will be a force to reckoned with come crunch time. They will certainly need their role players to step up as well, but they are so well coached that it never surprises me to see somebody off their bench excel.
The Nets have turned things around a bit, and look to be in prime position to secure a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference. Freshly minted head coach Jason Kidd also appears to be finding his footing after a rough start to the season, and will be rooting for the former point guard to do well as the year ends. Got one more preview coming your way tonight and then will begin to eye the weekend with suspicion.