I Know Everything - Chapter 563
Chapter 563: Swept.
The off-court matters were just tidbits.
The second quarter of the game began after the two minute break.
Sure enough, only Kawhi and Danny Green remained and continued to play at the start of the second quarter. Aldridge also came on since he only played 3 minute on the first quarter and he seemed to be the main guy this quarter.
This was also the special plan cooked up by Popovich.
When Aldridge was young, he could contend against the likes of Kobe and even beat the superstars Kobe.
He was still good even though he was 31 years old and could be regarded as a great scorer for the Spurs.
Among the players on the court for the Lakers, Kobe was on the bench after he played the last three minutes of the first quarter, Iverson and Chen Huan were on along with Nick Young and Louis Williams with the last member being Clarkson instead of the backup center Robert Sacre.
Because the Spurs sent their backup center Boris Diaw who only started 4 games and averaged 6.4 points so he wasn’t a threat offensively.
Chen Huan alone could take care of it without Duncan there.
Chen Huan’s shooting and dribbling became better and better without Duncan starting the second quarter.
Either Aldridge or Green could stop Chen Huan.
Diaw was really pitiful as in six minutes, he got dunked twice and sent flying once when he tried to contest. He was also pale and trembling whenever he was facing Chen Huan.
Chen Huan was also fully unleashed on defense.
At that moment, everyone knew how precious Duncan and Ginobili were.
Chen Huan had 3 steals in six minute at the second quarter as well as grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking Aldridge 5 times that he started to doubt his life.
Aldridge was also an unrelenting type of person.
Since Chen Huan blocked all of his shots, he would come at Chen Huan again and again without passing the ball away or switching up.
This allowed Chen Huan to show his defensive skill and impress the audience.
The viewers were enjoying it but Popovich couldn’t bear it.
Because after 6 minutes, the scoreboard became 45 points to 29 points.
The Lakers went to a 13:2 run!
Chen Huan was just that strong with his ‘Professional Basketball (Legend)’!
Without choice, he could only send Ginobili and Duncan to try to put pressure on Chen Huan.
But the Lakers were in a hot streak as Kobe, who replaced Iverson, made 5 threes in a row since Chen Huan was tightly guarded.
Along with Louis Williams who made a three and assisted Chen Huan into bypassing Ginobili and making a layup.
The Spurs’ players felt dispirited as Ginobili groaned on the ground.
They all saw Ginobili blocking Chen Huan’s path but was knocked away.
Chen Huan didn’t foul and was just a normal contact, which Ginobili lost to Chen Huan.
He was too old. Although he took 8 minutes of rest, he still wasn’t fully recovered and got injured when he fell.
Fortunately, Ginobili protected himself well during the ball so just bandaged himself before coming back to guard Chen Huan.
Even Chen Huan felt admiration toward him.
Even if he was knocked down and elbowed so many times by him, Ginobili was still so tough and kept continuing his sneaky moves to impede Chen Huan.
That was why he elbowed him so many times.
However, one time, Ginobili went for Chen Huan’s third leg and that scared him so much that he immediately elbowed the guy again.
Little Shui would probably tear this guy apart if he actually hurt his family’s jewels.
Whether it was the first or second quarter, it was precisely because Ginobili was so annoying coupled with Duncan’s defense that Chen Huan’s score was so low.
But where there were losses, there were also gains.
Because the two of them gave their all to restrain in on defense, they no longer had the energy on the offense.
Could the Spurs do well without the two seniors directing the offense?
Unless Aldridge, Kawhi and Danny Green were also on the floor.
But if they were on the floor, would Tony Parker handle the second team alone?
It definitely wouldn’t work!
Because Chen Huan had enough stamina to rampage across the court for 48 minutes!
So the Spurs had no choice!
They watched helplessly as Chen Huan rampaged for 48 minute!
Duncan subbed out in the third quarter and never came back.
It was already his limit to try to hold Chen Huan for 23 minutes and he didn’t have any energy at all anymore.
As for Ginobili, his six fouls made him be sent off before the end of the second quarter.
This accentuated the pressure on Duncan during the third quarter.
Everything added together, the score was within 15 points for the first three quarters and grew during the fourth quarter.
Even if Aldridge tried his best to score, he couldn’t compare to Chen Huan’s consistent baskets.
At the final whistle of the game, the Lakers swept away the Spurs with a score of 117 points to 90 points with a 27 points gap to win the first game.
“My goodness! This game was really unexpectedly exciting!” Barkley’s big mouth started to ramble at the end of the game, “Duncan and Ginobili’s great defense impeded Chen Huan’s offense and limited him but even so, they couldn’t bring down Chen Huan.”
“Chen Huan could easily play for 48 minutes and seemed to have room to play even more! He relied on when Duncan and Ginobili were not on the floor to show his full offensive and defensive greatness! He let people known that without the two superstar defenders, the Spurs weren’t any different than the Blazers!”
Kenny Smith also said, “Congratulations to the Lakers for their victory! The Spurs can’t do anything as long as they can’t deal with Chen Huan!”
“How to face the strongest player in the league at the present and how to restrain him offensively is something that all the Lakers’ opponents should focus on in the future!”
Barkley and Smith weren’t definitely not praising Chen Huan without reasons.
Chen Huan had 47 points, 17 assists, 18 rebounds, 33 steals and 11 blocks.
Ginobili was stunned by the thief crazy dog chasing mentality.
He was stunned that a player he hounded still had the attention and energy to do so many things.
For a while, Ginobili was worried for the Spurs future.
Although he was very tired, he was staring at Duncan who was observing Chen Huan.
A Superstar like him could tell Chen Huan’s ability.
He was much more terrifying than Iverson at his peak!
This was true whether it was in terms of physical strength or determination.
Chen Huan still had more assists and blocks than Kobe who was known for his fighting spirit.
In fact, Chen Huan resembled more Duncan in his peak except that his shooting was more accurate and that he was stronger too, Duncan certainly wouldn’t be able to lift Davis with one hand!
What could they do against someone like that?
Duncan would’ve done everything to shut down Chen Huan if he was 10 or 15 years younger.
But he was helpless at his age now!
So Duncan felt melancholic.
It seemed he was faded away by history!
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