The quest to determine the biggest thorn in the side of the San Antonio Spurs has come down to four men. Voting for the quarterfinal round of the Biggest Spurs Villain of All Time has concluded, and some big names have been knocked out. Let’s jump right into the results of the quarterfinals before we look at the conference finalists from each side.
Black Conference Quarterfinals Results
1. Zaza Pachulia (96%) defeats 5. Joey Crawford (4%)
It was never in doubt that Zaza Pachulia would make it to the semifinals. Recency bias aside, it’s hard to find someone that’s been hated by Spurs fans more in recent years. After taking 96 percent of the vote over Draymond Green in the first round, he did the same thing against Joey Crawford to cruise to the semifinals. His competition now, however, will be more than formidable.
2. Uncle Dennis (81%) defeats 3. Shaquille O’Neal (19%)
It turns out, the seeding of the Black Conference was spot-on when it comes to fan opinions. The top two seeds both dominated the first rounds with the lowest margin of victory between the two being Uncle Dennis’s 81-percent win.
Nobody in San Antonio was happy with how the Kawhi Leonard situation played out, so to see two guys directly involved still alive is not surprising. And speaking of Leonard.
Silver Conference Quarterfinals Results
1. Kawhi Leonard (54%) defeats 4. Ray Allen (46%)
The margin of victory was a surprise, but Kawhi Leonard still scraped his way to the semifinal round, as expected. Of all three contenders involved in the Leonard saga, Leonard himself has had the lowest winning margins at 70 and 54 percent.
I’m not sure if people just really hate Ray Allen for his Game 6 shot or if that much of the fanbase has forgiven Kawhi for what happened, but his semifinals showdown should shed more light on that.
3. Kevin Garnett (56%) defeats 2. Karl Malone (44%)
The battle between two Hall of Famers that rubbed Spurs fans the wrong way was close until the final buzzer. In the end, Kevin Garnett did just enough to cause the upset over Karl Malone to advance to the final four. Garnett will now have a tall task ahead of him in Kawhi, but as this round just proved, he’s showing he’s not invincible.
Black Conference Semifinals
1. Zaza Pachulia vs. 2. Uncle Dennis
It’s time to figure out who fans think is more responsible for the Kawhi Leonard saga. Both Pachulia and Dennis dominated the early rounds, so this matchup should be a slugfest!
Silver Conference Semifinals
1. Kawhi Leonard vs. 3. Kevin Garnett
Kawhi seemed to have an easy path to the Finals when I created this bracket, but his narrow second-round win showed he could be vulnerable against Kevin Garnett. Will Garnett pull off the upset? Or will Kawhi advance to face either the man who took him out of commission or his own uncle?
*To follow the tournament from the beginning, check out part one of the series.