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Q&A: Spurs guard Tony Parker was in rhythm in Game 2

by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 30, 2012
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Q: Did you just feel it in Game 2?

A: I don't know. It was just one of those nights. I felt in a good rhythm early on. I was making my outside shots and just trying to be aggressive. The first game after I didn't play for a week, I was a little too much in a hurry. So (Tuesday), I took my time and waited for my moment, especially on the pick-and-rolls when they doubled me and tried to do the first easy pass.

Q: Why is this team so precise in passing the ball and so good at passing the ball?

A: When you have Coach Pop screaming at you every day, it will make you pass the ball. He is always big on you have to find a better shot. Always trying to find the better shot, the better shot all season long, extra pass. We have great shooters on the team. We have guys who can penetrate and find open guys, so we like to play for each other. We like to play like that. That's the way we play. It's not just one guy on our team. It can come from everywhere.

Q: Coach Popovich calls this your best season overall. Has that been the key to this? Have you let your game become simpler?

A: Yeah, it's always been a battle my whole career when you're a scoring point guard and Pop wants you to score then he wants you to pass, and he wants you to score, and he wants you to pass. You go back and forth. It's always been the biggest room for me to improve is to find that happy middle between scoring and passing and find that good balance. I think over the years I got better at it and finding my spots, when to score and when to pass the ball.

Q: In the third quarter, the Thunder started intentionally fouling Tiago Splitter. Did it work?

A: Yeah, a little bit. That's the reason you do it is to kill the rhythm. I think it got us out of our rhythm and got OKC back in the game.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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