San Antonio Spurs: The Black and White, April 19th

By Bill Simpson

Apr 16, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard

Manu Ginobili

(20) drives to the basket under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers forward

Jordan Hill

(behind) during the second half at AT&T Center. The Lakers won 113-100. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Game One of the first-round match up between the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks of the 2014 NBA Playoffs begins tomorrow on Eastern Sunday.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and head coach Gregg Popovich are ready to redeem themselves from last year’s NBA Finals loss, and this round is simply a stepping stone back to the big stage.

Tune into The Smoking Cuban, FanSided’s Dallas Mavericks web page that Air Alamo will be collaborating with throughout the first round.

Jeff Garcia of Project Spurs explains Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs post-Big Three situation, via The Big Story:

“Once the Big Three is gone, you’ll probably see a lot more of me taking over, but right now it’s just hard with the top three guys still here. Once those guys are gone, I’m going to have to start it all over again because I’m not going to have them on the floor. I’ve got to learn how to create shots for others. And then just having the energy for myself to come out there with a mindset to create shots for myself the whole game.”

The kid out of California is only 22 years old, yet he has both the insight and foresight to know that his name is going to be called soon; but not like it was in the 2013 NBA Playoffs or against LeBron James in the NBA Finals. No, Leonard will soon be called to be the leader of this team as a whole, and it seems like he is up for the challenge when it comes.

I reflect on the merits of the Leonard-George Hill trade with the Indiana Pacers here.

FanSided’s Andrew Melnick previews the odds and ends of the Spurs-Mavericks series, and he also lists the over/under numbers and betting spreads.

Finally, Brian Gosset of The Smoking Cuban reviews the best playoffs moments between Dallas and San Antonio. He lists the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals as one of the most memorable ones, though I wouldn’t put that series on my list as a Spurs fan. Dallas killed us that year, but met their maker in the 2006 NBA Finals when they couldn’t stop Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

Tim Duncan will be turning 38 years old during the first round of these playoffs, and I’m still waiting for my e-vite from Duncan’s new girlfriend to the birthday bash.

And, yes, I have been checking my spam.

Go Spurs Go!

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