Spurs Graduate to the Western Conference Finals

By Aerin Carreno, Project

It’s graduation time in San Antonio. Which means San Antonio Spurs fans plan your schedule accordingly.

The combination of Spurs basketball and graduation ceremonies taking place in the same area, ultimately means a long line of traffic. What fan wants to miss the exciting buildup that ignites the fire in the arena?

Not me!

Now that you’ve gotten your traffic report, lets take a look at your Spurs graduating class of the Round 2 – Western Conference Semifinals.

Class President – Timothy “Tim” Theodore Duncan: It seems that every day Tim Duncan is joining yet another exclusive list. In the second quarter of Game 3, Duncan became the NBA’s fifth all-time leader in career playoff points (now at 4,804 points). He joins Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O-Neal to round out the list. Not bad company for Mr. Duncan. Throughout the series, The Big Fundamental averaged 13.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. You have my vote Timmy!

Campaign Question: What would your Presidential slogan for Tim Duncan be? Tweet @projectspurs or @AerinCarr11 using #Tim4Prez with your answer.

Class VP – Tiago Splitter: The teams success to stopping LaMarcus Aldridge is largely due to the big man down in the post, Tiago Spiltter. The 6-foot-11, center did a good job getting in Aldridge’s face to keep the superstar from shooting that fadeaway jumper. Although his numbers may not seem like much, the Brazilian has been able to hold his own offensively. In Game 5, Splitter dished out 7 assists to help the Spurs put away the Trailblazers at home. A playmaker and solid defender… Keep it up, Big Guy!

Salutatorian – William Anthony “Tony” Parker: Parker averaged 23 points and 6.5 assists before heading back to the locker room and missing the second half of Game 5. Aside from the hamstring injury, Parker has really been the engine for the team. As Pop mentioned, “he is the head of the snake.” Pop also went on to say after Saturday’s victory in Portland, “He made shots, he involved everybody else. He was playing great D at the other end. He’s really playing a whole complete game.” What more can you say about one of the best guards in the NBA? Get well soon, Frenchie.

Note: Per SA Express News Buck Harvey: “From those who know: Parker hamstring “not bad.” Available for a Game 6? ‘We’d have him ready.'”

Valedictorian – Kawhi Leonard: Let’s shift the focus to one player who has really made his presence known this series. Kawhi Leonard has had his large hands all over the place, on both sides of the floor. Kawhi is averaging 17 points while grabbing 7.8 rebounds per game, 2nd highest on the team. He has also been an animal on defense, ripping away almost three steals each game. On the night Parker left the game, Leonard stepped up, producing 22 points, grabbing seven boards and five steals to close out the series. We got to hand it to the Kawhi-it Riot, your Western Conference Semifinals Valedictorian.

Congratulations Spurs! Good Luck in the next round.