Steve Nash went right at young George Hill early and often, exploding for 21 points in the first half. Jason Richardson and Amar’e Stoudemire chipped in with strong performances. J-Rich has quietly been brilliant thus far in the 2010 playoffs. Here are the highlights:
Manu Ginobili and his ridiculously-taped giant broken nose led the Spurs with 27 points. It will be interesting to see if Coach Pop inserts Tony Parker into the starting lineup for Game 2. Parker scored 26 points and helped engineer a late rally in Game 1. The Spurs need to attach Nash off the dribble, certainly not George Hill’s strength at this point in his career.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Phoenix. Much more later today here on ToTheTin, after we take care of some administrative tasks.