Words For Westbrook: Spurs Tony Parker Calls Out The Thunder Point Guard

By CDR
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With the 2012 NBA Western Conference Finals matchup all set for Sunday, at 8:30 PM ET in San Antonio, the Spurs will play host to the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder for Game 1 of the series.

The San Antonio Spurs, without a doubt, are currently the hottest team in the playoffs winning 18 straight games dating back to the end of the regular season. Led by Tony Parker’s MVP caliber year, San Antonio not only has managed to acquire the #1 seed during the regular season, the team has swept both the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers in the first two rounds of the postseason.

San Antonio was and continues to be the best three-point shooting team in the league, playoffs included. In addition, the Spurs have an extremely deep bench, probably the best. San Antonio can beat you in many different ways and are primed to make a big run as the playoffs approach the finish line.

It’s no secret that San Antonio’s Tony Parker has been playing with tremendous confidence in the playoffs. So much that the Spurs’ leading scorer [19.1 points and 7.1 assists] had decided to challenge OKC Thunder’s talented point guard, Russell Westbrook.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Westbrook “supposedly” has never faced a point guard with Parker’s skill set.

“It’s not going to be like Dallas or the Lakers for Westbrook,” said Parker… adding that their point guards are “not as aggressive” as the Spurs’ leading scorer.

The Western Conference Finals is guaranteed to have some fireworks. This is one NBA series that you won’t want to miss.

Tony Parker threw the first punch; let’s see what the young Westbrook does to counter.

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8 Responses to Words For Westbrook: Spurs Tony Parker Calls Out The Thunder Point Guard

  1. Tim says:

    I was so impressed with Westbrook’s Game 4 performance at the Staples Center. It was easily (IMO) the best performance of his career. He kept the Thunder within striking distance when the Lakers could have easily blow that game open.

    Still, I have to give the slight edge to Parker in this matchup. Westbrook might score more points, but Parker will be more effective dictating tempo, and ultimately being the biggest factor in the Spurs advancing.

    • CDR says:

      Tim! Thanks for stopping by man. Do I hear one for the Spurs? I think so. This Western Conference Final will be a great one given the amount of talent from both teams. I agree that Parker will have more impact for his team, however I feel Westbrook will play even better against the Spurs.

      The fact that Parker said what he said says it all. The veteran is definitely ready for the challenge. Literally, this series will revolve around these two point guards and it’ll be interesting to see who wins the battles every game.

  2. I’m not sure if Parker is trying to “get to” Westbrook or he’s trying to “get” himself motivated. We’ll have to see what else Tony comes up with once the questions become consistent about this statement after the ball goes up and the results start coming in. I am sure that while the Spurs feel they can beat anyone, they also know deep down they haven’t been remotely challenged like they will be now.

    • CDR says:

      Great comment Bruce. Both point guards will for sure be challenged more than ever in this coming series. It’s important for Parker to put some pressure on Russell Westbrook on the defensive side of the floor. Making Westbrook work on the defensive side could limit his offensive barrage on the other side of the court.

  3. Well with Parker having time on his hands, I guess he felt this was the best route he could take? With Eva Longoria no longer on hand to satisfy the Frenchman, I guess all of that frustration has to be shed in some way don’t you think?

    • CDR says:

      That’s definitely true Alan, however sometimes being the silent killer is better than acting out. As a veteran, I am sure Parker is more than focused on the task at hand, but mentioning a few fighting words to Westbrook could haunt him as the series goes on.

  4. Parker’s tough, man. I look forward to the match-up at that position. We all know Durant’s going to get his. And a rejuvenated Duncan will have his hands full against a solid Oklahoma City front line, but if Parker can force Westbrook into taking bad shots, which nobody yet has been able to do, they stand a good shot.

    Should be a great series, man. My popcorn is DEFINITELY ready!

    • CDR says:

      That’s great to hear Chris… our popcorn is ready as well! You can bet Westbrook will come out to play this series. OKC had managed to reach the Western Conference Finals once again and this time, they’re looking to dominate more than ever. Should be a real barn burner!

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