The San Antonio Spurs started off Game 3 in the most unideal manner possible, turning the ball over eight times, including five steals by Mike Conley. Gregg Popovich was not pleased, and not all that chatty. After the game, Pop said it was one of the worst first quarters he had ever seen.
Considering they scored just 13 points in the first frame, it would be difficult to argue otherwise. It would probably also be difficult to argue with Pop. But this is the Spurs. Of course they came back. They take punches, battle through the ugliness and more times than not, return to form and eventually seize control. It took until OT to finally take command, but this series is now essentially over. When Tony Parker has more turnovers (7) than assists (5) and yet you still win by 11 points on the road, you’re probably going to the NBA Finals.
David Stern’s long horrid nightmare of having Memphis in the Finals is also now over. Enjoy that scotch, little fella.
Also, here’s Matt Bonner hitting an invisible buzzer on Jeopardy and taking a phantom punch to the face: