TNT did an odd thing Tuesday evening: apparently, instead of airing Game 1 of the second round of the NBA playoffs featuring the San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers, TNT aired a peculiar special where the Trail Blazers were replaced by Puppy Bowl candidates as the Spurs just danced circles around them. At least, that’s what it looked like with San Antonio’s 116-92 crushing win over Portland.
Looks like three days rest actually played a part in castrating the fifth-seeded Blazers instead of benefiting them, whereas the Spurs continued their own rendition of The Red Wedding from “Game of Thrones” against Portland with only one day’s rest after murdering the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Spurs pounced early in the first half as Tony Parker put on a clinic by scoring 13 points (of his totaled 33) within 12 minutes, and managed to close out the half leading 65-39.
San Antonio was able to completely contain point guard Damian Lillard and forward LaMarcus Aldridge with little to no effort (as it would appear) as Aldridge only managed to nail six of his first 18 shots. It was Parker who was in charge of handling Lillard, and managed to limit him to only four points within the first half (most figured he lost his eyesight when watching him “attempt” to make midrange twos). Within the third, San Antonio’s bench was outscoring the Blazers’ bench 27-9, thus proving that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich could probably turn water into wine if he so desired to. San Antonio led 90-65 by the close of the third, Parker with 27 points and six assists, Tim Duncan with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
By the end of the night, Marco Belinelli scored 19 points off the bench for the Spurs while the Blazers’ entire bench only managed to score only 18 points.
If Portland decides to show up, Game 2 will be played on Thursday evening.