It seems like only yesterday when the San Antonio Spurs lifted the Larry O’Brien trophy after convincingly defeating the reigning champions, Miami Heat. Now, they featured in one of three games played to mark the opening of the 2014-2015 NBA Season.
A thriller in San Antonio
The day started out on a high note for the Spurs. This was the day when the team – from the coaches to the players – were presented with the championship rings. This was also the day when they officially raised the banner hailing them as the 2014 NBA champions.
The core was ever present: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. The opponent? State rivals Dallas Mavericks – a team they head to beat in seven games during the first round of the playoffs to get to the top.
With 2014 MVP Kawhi Leonard sitting out the game due to a right eye infection, the Spurs didn’t do quite well in the first half. They had to play catch up and even after re-taking the lead, they were still trailing with a minute or so left in the game.
Thanks to a Tony Parker three, the Spurs emerged victorious 101-100 even after a frantic attempt to win the game by Dallas.
A rising star proves doubters wrong in New Orleans
A lot has been said about Anthony Davis and he definitely proved his doubters wrong with the stat line he produced against the Orlando Magic. The rising power forward narrowly missed a triple double (26 points, 17 rebounds, 9 blocks) in their rout of the Magic 101-84.
A sad event in Los Angeles
Laker Nation had all the reason to rejoice: the Black Mamba was back in action after an injury – yet again – cut short his return last season. The Lakers faced the Houston Rockets and former Laker Dwight Howard.
The Rockets clearly dominated, but there were multiple chances for the Lakers to compete. However, efforts fell short. There was also a brief altercation between former teammates Kobe Bryant and Howard.
Although Laker fans were sad about the 108-90 loss, something more deeply troubling happened: rookie and 2014 7th pick Julius Randle – a player looked at as a glimmer of hope for the injury-riddled squad – broke his leg in his NBA debut. The news of Steve Nash being out for the entire year due to persistent problems with his back was sad enough. And now this.
The opening day of NBA 2014-2015 was filled with highs and lows, as is the nature of the league. And fans can expect more heart-pumping action in this 82-game season.