A Dragic Ending—Spurs Pay For What They Are

May 8th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
SAN ANTONIO: Sometimes, a team isn't meant to win.

In the fourth quarter of a demoralizing 110-96 Game Three defeat, the Spurs, beyond all doubt, established themselves as not good enough.

Then, Goran Dragic became Kobe Bryant.

A fellow B/R colleague described one of Dragic's drives to the hoop as a variation of Hakeem Olajuwon's "Dream Shake."

Yeah, it was that kind of night.

The Spurs blew an 18-point first-half lead and missed so many free throws, the frequent offenders might as well buy Gregg Popovich a car dealership. Dragic scored 23 of his 26 points in the final period, and the Suns outscored the Spurs 39-24 to take the game and firm command of the series.

How firm? No other NBA outfit has emerged from a 3-0 hole.

The team the Spurs dismantled to win their last two titles has now dismantled them.

How San Antonio lost fits the character of a topsy-turvy, 32-defeat season.

Dragic totaled more points in one playoff quarter than any individual ever had against the Spurs.

Not Kobe Byrant. Not LeBron James. Not Chauncey Billups. Not Dirk Nowit ...

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