Welcome to the Daily NBA Fix for Sunday, May 11, the morning after the San Antonio Spurs continued their relentless bludgeoning of the Portland Trail Blazers.
A change of venue in the Western Conference Semifinals didn’t matter, as the Spurs cruised to a 118-103 win, becoming just the fourth team in NBA playoff history to win at least four consecutive games by at least 15 points.
The Spurs laid 116-92 and 114-97 beatings on the Blazers in San Antonio in Games 1 and 2 and followed those up with the Game 3 smackdown. That all came on the heels of their 119-96 win to close out the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 of their first-round series.
The 1980 Boston Celtics and the 2009 Cleveland Cavaliers are the only other teams to win four games in a row in the postseason by at least 15 points. Only the 1985 Los Angeles Lakers, with five straight 15-point-plus victories, have more.
However, the Lakers string of dominance came against a Phoenix Suns team that won just 36 regular-season games (a 3-0 first-round sweep by margins of 28, 17 and 16) and a Portland team that finished 42-40 (a 24-point win at home in Game 1 and a 16-point home-court victory in Game 2).
The Spurs of the present are making mincemeat of a Blazers club that won 54 games this season after dispatching a 49-win Mavericks squad in Game 7 of the last round.
That’s not a knock on the ’85 Lakers, who went 15-4 en route to winning a title.
Just a nod to a Spurs team that’s hasn’t turned it off since going into survival mode to get out of the last round.
The Daily NBA Fix will do what it did all season long, deliver highlights, game capsules, the top and bottom five players and, yes, we’ll still be handing out the Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman awards. We’ll also have informational tidbits and a look at the daily lines for those who want to drop a buck or two on a wager.
Check out the highlights below from the night that was, then get into the game capsules (home teams in CAPS).