Scouting Update: Sonics-Spurs

The Sonics won Game 3 without a big effort from Rashard Lewis, but they will need him to come up big on Saturday night.

Updated: May 16, 2005, 4:45 PM ET
By Brian James | ESPN Insider
Keys in Game 3
San Antonio: The Spurs had been shooting much better from the charity stripe in the playoffs, but FT shooting cost them in Game 3. They made only 19 of 34 for 55%, and 4 of 10 down the stretch. Most of the misses came from Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. The trio combined for 59 points, but just didn't make the plays at the end of the game.

All a coach can do is put his team in position to win, and the players need to execute. Coach Greg Popovich drew up a critical sideline out of bounds play to have Duncan get one last opportunity to win the game for San Antonio. Ginobili threw a good pass to Duncan,who had set a screen along the baseline and cut back to the elbow area to meet the ball. Most times he will knock this down, but Vitaly Potopenko did a great job of bothering him on this attempt. The result was a miss and a Seattle win. This was a very intense, back and forth game.

Seattle: The Sonics definitely felt a sense of urgency. They were the aggressors, and were not going to let the Spurs go up 3-0 in the series. The Sonics did a much better job defensively of keeping San Anotnio's guards out of the lane. They locked down and as a result, the Spurs went the last the last 4:30 without a field goal.


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