Tony Parker, Keith Bogans

Tony Parker (AP)

Even without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, the San Antonio Spurs blew out the Brooklyn Nets 111-86 Sunday night, mostly thanks to their stellar point guard Tony Parker. Parker, who finished with 29 points and 10 assists, seemed to toy with the Nets at will, hitting shot after shot and finding open teammates for three-pointers throughout the game.

"The strategy was to get as much help as we could for the guy that was covering him," coach P.J. Carlesimo said after the game, "play his pick and rolls. If he beat us, make him beat us outside. ... The strategy obviously wasn't good enough for Tony tonight."

Gerald Wallace was more blunt about it: "Tony Parker runs the pick-and-roll pretty much better than anybody in the NBA."

It wasn't a stroke of magic, nor a stroke of luck, it was merely a great player reading the game and making the right decision in the pick-and-roll. Let's take a look.... MORE →


NOT Manu Ginobili & Tiago Splitter, I think (AP)

Okay, so the Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers were two nice picnic games for P.J. Carlesimo to start his interim career with. But the Brooklyn Nets don't have a cupcake schedule for long, and tonight face their first test beyond the lottery-bound, taking on the 24-8 San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

The Spurs are perhaps the most stable organization in sports, having kept their core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and coach Gregg Popovich together for over a decade -- unparalleled in the NBA. On top of their stability (or, more likely, because of it), they rank in the top-5 of the NBA both offensively and defensively despite a whirl of changing parts since their last championship run since 2006-07.

To break down the San Antonio Spurs success, welcome Jesse Blanchard from 48 Minutes of Hell, ESPN TrueHoop San Antonio Spurs Affiliate. I've asked Jesse three questions about the Spurs, and he offers a prediction.


Devin: The always-aging, somehow never-aging Spurs are 24-8 after 32 games. Yawn. Business as usual in San Antonio, or has something changed that's kept them this good?

Jesse:... MORE →