The Morning Tip-Off


May 14, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) celebrates with small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT

The Morning Tip-Off is where we scour the internet, to bring you all the San Antonio Spurs news from different outlets, all on one page. Here are your links for May 15th:

Tony Parker Carries Team Past Golden State Warriors – Rant Sports

All night long Tony Parker was the best player on the court for either team. He was diving for loose balls, hitting jump shots, and getting his team involved. Parker finished with 25 points and ten assists. Possibly more important than all of that was the fact that he made Stephen Curry work extremely hard on both offense and defense. The Spurs made sure they disrupted Curry when he had the ball. They disrupted him so much that he only finished with nine points for the game.

Young Stars Lead Spurs To Game 5 Win – USA Today

The 21-year-old who came San Antonio’s way in a draft-night trade two years ago was everything his elder co-workers were not, hitting seven of eight shots for 17 points while adding seven rebounds. Guard Danny Green didn’t wilt either, the 25-year-old scoring 17 points while helping hold Warriors guard Stephen Curry to a nine-point outing (4 of 14 shooting) that had everything to do with his ailing left ankle that has robbed him of so much speed and spark.

Spurs Run Past Dubs, Take 3-2 Series Lead – Bleacher Report

Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 25 points and 10 assists on 9-of-16 shooting. Tim Duncan wasn’t able to (completely) erase his shooting woes, but finished with a double-double as well, with 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds.

Spurs Convincingly Win Pivotal Game 5, Beat Warriors, 109-91 – Pounding the Rock

The Spurs came out hot in the first quarter, to my great relief. Tim Duncan began the game aggressively with six early points, finishing the quarter with 10. Where the basket had been closed in Game 4, it definitely opened up for the Spurs in Game 5, at least to start. Kawhi Leonard added seven points as he, Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Cory Joseph and Matt Bonner each connected on a first quarter 3-pointer.

Spurs Trio Outduels Warriors Duo – TrueHoop Blog

Game 5 was not about Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the duo dubbed by Warriors head coach Mark Jackson as “the greatest shooting backcourt” in NBA history.

Instead, it was about one of the best trios in NBA history. Tim DuncanTony Parker and Manu Ginobili won their 93rd playoff game together, tying Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Byron Scott of the Los Angeles Lakers for the second-most playoff wins as a trio in NBA history. Only Magic, Kareem and Michael Cooper (110) have more.

Spurs Push Warriors To Bring – Yahoo! Sports

The Spurs will have two opportunities to close out the series, if needed: Game 6 in Thursday in Oakland, Calif.; and a possible Game 7 on Sunday back at home. Given that the Spurs split the series’ first two games – and needed a late Manu Ginobili 3-pointer in double overtime of the opener to do that – they don’t want to look too far ahead.