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Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Spurs’

Same Ol’ Spurs — James Plays Passive, Now 0-5 in Finals vs S.A.

Posted by RichieZ23 on June 6, 2013


The narrative prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals was how much LeBron James has evolved as a player. Six years ago, James was swept in the Finals by the Duncan-Parker-Ginobili led Spurs while James was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With a more talented team via the Miami Heat, James can now get his revenge for 2007. LeBron is a completely different player since then. He is also a completely different player than in 2011, his first season in Miami that saw LeBron lose again in the Finals, this time to the Dallas Mavericks.

James finally broke though in 2012 as the Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder for his first championship.

But in Game 1 of the 2013 Finals, James played like the LeBron of old. Forget about his stat-stuffing triple double that many will point to. Sure, 18 points, 10 assists, and a ridiculous game-high 18 rebounds is nothing to sneeze at. It’s a career game for many. And while the Spurs played good defense on James, too often he was too passive with the ball in his hands.

Lebron Game 1

James watched as the Heat fell behind 0-1 (Photo: Christian Petersen, Getty Images)

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Steve Nash Proves He — And the Suns — Are Still Amongst NBA Elite

Posted by RichieZ23 on May 3, 2010


You could hear the talk dwindling.

No more was Steve Nash’s name mentioned along with the other top-tier point guards across the league.  Gone were the glory days of his two-time MVP run when he dropped dimes at will and led ultra high-tempo Suns as the highest scoring team in the league.  He was getting too old.

In fact, sports writers even suggested it was D’Antoni’s scheme that made Nash what he is.  It wasn’t Nash’s court-vision, smarts, and unorthodox layups that won games, it was merely Mike D’Antoni’s scheme that made Nash what he is.  The best part in the slap-in-the-face article to Nash is below:

Steve Nash is still an elite point-guard in the NBA (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

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