Tony Parker Drops Gorgeous No-Look Pass to Tiago Splitter

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The San Antonio Spurs are old, fussy and utterly dismantling the physical talent of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Gregg Popovich’s veteran squad took a meat cleaver to Kevin Durant and company on Wednesday night, notching a 112-77 win over OKC and taking Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

One of the biggest keys to the Spurs’ ongoing success in the series has been sharp cuts and sharper passes, the latter of which Tony Parker unleashed with astonishing accuracy. 

The veteran point guard set the creative tone for his team early in the game when he slipped an over-the-shoulder dish to Tiago Splitter in the paint. Put simply, it was a thing of beauty and is deserving of an entire article in and of itself. 

Splitter caught the ball and, a blink later, Tim Duncan punched it through the hoop. Bing. Bang. Boom. The Spurs moved the ball so effortlessly and effectively, it took a moment to register.

Not to be outdone, Manu Ginobili cooked up his own physics-defying crosscourt pass later in the game. The 36-year-old shooting guard drove to the far-left baseline and somehow managed to curve the bullet to Danny Green in the right corner.

Again, that ball might’ve taken a bend on its way across the court.

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Plays like these are a great indicator of when your team is hitting on all cylinders, which the Spurs most certainly are. Mico Halili of GMANews describes the seamless passing and chemistry Parker and company have shown over the last two games.

"If I wanted to write about the Spurs’ triumph in games one and two, my entire column would consist of about five paragraphs repeating just this one sentence over and over: Pass, pass, one dribble, pass, pass, fake, pass, cut and shoot." 

San Antonio heads to Oklahoma City on Sunday with a 2-0 series lead and a chance to put another fork in the Thunder. Look for them to continue their game plan: pass-first team offense and swarm-the-superstars defense.

Regardless of how this series ends, we’re all in for some beautiful basketball.

 

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