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17.04.27 @MEM (Game 6)

SAS 103 - 96 MEM  Box  (4-2)

 

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1stラウンド突破!

ポップ

"I'm seriously thrilled that we were able to get through that first round. That's the good news. The bad news is that now we have to go play Houston."

パーカー

"It's huge for us. Memphis, you have to give them a lot of credit. They played unbelievable. They're a great team, and they made it hard on us and so we didn't want to come back for Game 7. We treated this game as if it was Game 7. We wanted those days off before playing Houston because it's going to be a fast-paced game against them."

ジノビリ

"The guys were amazing in the fourth quarter. Huge plays. Great defense too. So, happy to go back home with a win and win the series."



シリーズ通してパーカー好調。今日は27得点。

パーカーについて、ポップ

"Tony wasn’t just effective today. He’s done a masterful job of getting in shape down the stretch of the season and playing his best basketball during this playoff -- finding people, scoring himself, working hard defensively. He had a magnificent playoff."

レナード

"He was going tonight. He’s been big for us this series, even the last three games, by just attacking and being very aggressive. He’s been here before, and he’s ready for the moments when I see him open, pass him the ball and (he) knocks it down."

パーカー

"I had to be aggressive. That’s a choice Memphis made. We talked about it last week. (If) they just are going to leave in in the corner (for) 3s and just go under the pick-and-rolls ... I had to be aggressive."


素晴らしいパフォーマンスを続けているパーカーですが、次からのロケッツ戦ではビバリーとのマッチアップになります。パーカーはビバリーのディフェンスに苦しめられることがわりと多い印象が個人的にはありますが、このシリーズのように積極性を持って挑んでもらいたいです。


そして、レナードもこのシリーズ当たり前のように最高級のパフォーマンスを最後まで続けました。

レナードについて、ポップ

"Obviously, Kawhi Leonard is in my opinion the best player in the league right now. He’s the best two-way player and does it all with such class. It’s impressive."



1stラウンドでフィジカルでタフな試合を6試合経験したことを次に活かしてほしいですね。審判のジャッジもシリーズ通して逆風(だったと僕は思っています)の中、不調な選手も少なくない中でよく戦い抜いたと思います。

散々言われているようなことですが、レナードがここまでの選手になった以上、他の選手がどれだけチームに貢献できるか。レナードが多くボールを持つこと、レナードが大量得点することは何も悪いことだとは思いません。それで効率良く点が取れているのであれば。

その分、レナードがつくり出したオープンショットを他の選手がしっかり決めたり、ディフェンスやリバウンドでレナードの負担を減らすことは重要でしょう。レギュラーシーズンのロケッツ戦でも、ハーデンに対してレナードの体力も考慮しながらグリーンと交代でディフェンスしてましたから。理想はグリーンがハーデンに付いてある程度抑えることができればいいんですけど、レナードのほうが明らかに効果的だったので難しいところですね。

チームディフェンスでどれだけハーデンを抑えることができるのか、ディフェンスの緩いロケッツ相手にレナードがどれだけ得点てきるのか。カンファレンスセミファイナル、楽しみです。

 

17.04.25 vsMEM (Game 5)

MEM 103 - 116 SAS  Box  (3-2)

 

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ミルズオンファイヤーで王手。

ミルズ

"That energy that we all brought off the bench is what we need to be able to do to help Kawhi, to help LaMarcus and lift pressure off them because they're doing a hell of a job. They're busting their behinds to help the team and we need to lift our weight as well. What we did tonight on both ends of the floor, as a bench group, is what we need; an aggressive mindset on the offensive end, getting into the paint, moving the ball, finding open shooters. On the defensive end, playing physical, getting up into them, and out of their rhythm. I thought we did that tonight."

ミルズについて、ジノビリ

"He was incredible, he finished the game. He made four 3s in the fourth, tough ones, quick release. Sometimes you need something like that from somebody. Sometimes it's going to be him, sometimes it's Kawhi, more often. It's good to have a team that deep."

 
ジノビリもようやく復調。

Game4までのスランプについて、ジノビリ

"You try to isolate. It's not that I read, but I know how my games have been. There are games like Game 3 and 4, the ones we lost. You're a little harder on yourself because you know the team needed you more. It was tough. I'd never been through a four-game slump like that. It was great today to feel important, to feel useful. I needed one like this. I was feeling good. I don't know what was the difference. I guess I relaxed a little more. I said I didn't care if I was in a slump or made shots or not. It's not like the team needs me to score to win."

ジノビリについて、ミルズ

"He brought that grandpa juice, (which) is what I call it, and we all followed. It's inspiring. We shouldn't wait for him to do that before we get into gear. But it really is inspiring when you see him dive on the ball, putting his body on the line, hard drives, hard cuts. It gets us all going. We shouldn't need that to get going, but he's a hell of a player, hell of a competitor. It trickles down, and we feed on it for sure."

ポップ

"Manu was fantastic. He felt good. Obviously, he scored. You know he’s got a huge heart, and he has a huge effect on our team when he’s healthy. And having a good night, starting out the way he did, was really a big boost."


この2人が元気でこそスパーズって感じがしますね。

そして、今日はレナードとパーカーが共に6アシスト。主にこの2人のペネトレイトからつくり出されたオープンスリーを、ミルズ含めチーム全体として高確率(14-28)で決めたのが全てでしたね。

レナード

"I’m trying to be the best team in the world right now. It’s not about me. It’s about the Spurs, and that’s all I want to do."

男前です。

 

ディフェンスでは、相手ビッグマンに対するウィークサイドのヘルプとローテーションが今日は特に徹底されていたような印象でした。マークガソルやランドルフのターンアラウンドジャンパーはもう外れることを祈るのみですが、ウィークサイドを封じることで過剰な得点やファールも減らすことができたのだと思います。

一方、カンファレンスセミファイナルの相手はロケッツに決まりました。ロケッツだけ休んでてもらうわけにもいかないので、次確実に勝ってもらいましょう。

 

17.04.22 @MEM (Game 4)

 SAS 108 - 110 MEM  Box  (2-2)

 

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簡単には勝たせてくれませんね。良い試合でしたけど...。

ポップ

"That was a great game. Both teams played their hearts out; just a fantastic basketball game. The fans got their money’s worth, for sure. At the end, Marc made a great shot. LA (Aldridge) contested it very, very well, and it went down. The effort from both teams was marvelous. We got down a couple of times but stuck with the program and kept on playing, which is always a good thing to see. Usually, down the stretch, it comes down to making shots. Kawhi made a big shot on our last play. Then Marc made a big shot on their last play. It happens over and over in the playoffs."

レナード

"You can’t be happy or sad until you lose the game or win the game. I just kept living in the moment at the time."

オルドリッジ、ラストプレーについて

"I was trying to be up. I was trying to make the catch tough. I didn’t want to foul. I was there. He took two dribbles. I was right there with him. I had my hand up. I contested, and he made a hell of a shot. He made a one-legged, floating-across-the-lane shot. I did what I had to do. I contested it. I was right there. Credit goes to him."

グリーン

"We probably could have used a couple others to make some shots. Kawhi had a great game. Tony had a great game. LA too. Their others are playing really well right now, and we have to get it from ours too, including me."

パーカー

"You knew it was going to be a physical series. They are going to make it hard. You know they are going to do a lot of fouling and stuff like that. They made shots. Playing at home, they play with a lot more confidence. I have to give them credit. I thought we played well enough to win the game. We made enough plays. But at the end, Memphis made the tough shot to go to overtime and the tough shot to win the game."

レナードについて

"All season long he’s been aggressive, very confident, an MVP candidate. We’re going to need him to keep playing like that. Then, go home and play a little bit smarter and play even better. It’s a must-win situation for us."


それぞれのコメントの通り、良いプレーはできていました。レナードもこれ以上ないパフォーマンスでした。それをグリズリーズが上回ったので今日の負けは仕方ないかなと。

もちろんグリーンが言うように、調子を戻してほしい選手もいます。ただ、欠場や不調の選手が居る中で勝たないといけないのがプレーオフです。なので今日のようにパーカーがいつも以上に引っ張ってくれたり、ベルタンスが攻守で機能していたことのように、プラス要素をどんどん見出していかなければならないとも思いますね。

ま、こっから2連勝でしょ。レナードいるし。