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Matt Freakin Bonner against the Celts

March 8, 2009

Holy crap Matt Freakin Bonner! Bonner had back to back games where he played OUT OF HIS MIND. He has been pretty inconsistent for most of the season, fluctuating a bit around his average of 9 points a game, give or take 5 points. The Concord NH native dropped a ludicrous 23 points on the Celtics this past weekend– in front of his entire hometown that was present in the Garden. He was 10/17 from the field (3/7 for 3pt) and also managed to nab 2 steals and grab 8 boards. Matt Freakin Bonner, folks! Two days later in New Jersey, Bonner had 22 points, this time going 8/10 from the field (80 freakin percent!) and 4/5 from 3pt. Matt Freakin Bonner, folks! The next night in Toronto he dropped 28 MINUTES and was 0-4, with a whopping 0 points. Matt Freakin Bonner, folks! Check out his gamelog for January and February (just points): 16, 9, 11, 11, 4, 10, 13, 12, 5, 2, 3, 6, 20, 3, 13, 0, 11, 23, 22, 0. All over the radar. If the Spurs expect to make it out of the West and leave the Lakers to question their manhood again for the second season in a row, then Bonner needs find some consistency to help his team win. His job during their (hopefuly) matchup against the Lakers is easy: spread the court out and make the Lakers bigs (whether it’s Gasol + Bynum or Gasol + Odom) defend him on the perimeter, leaving Duncan to do what he does free from weak-side double teams. It’s easy to say that the keys to the Spurs beating the Lakers is for Tony Parker to have his way with the old and slow Fischer, for Ginobili to play great defense/hustle/make plays happen, and for Duncan to own the paint. Roger Mason will be another key to their success (can he keep the Lakers honest by making them pay by hitting the long ball when the Lakers collapse on Parker or Ginobili when they penetrateto/ through the lane). And another key will be Matt Freakin Bonner. Bonner spreads the court out so well because of his peremiter shooting, which obviously adds yet another offensive weapon for the Spurs AND frees up the post for Duncan. Matt Freakin Bonner will play a critical role in helping to breakdown the Lakers defense. In his post-game interview against the Celtics, Bonner said that Pop has a simple game plan for him: if he doesn’t shoot when he is open, he will get benched.

Matt Freakin Bonner!

Bold prediction? Spurs make it out of the West. Well, maybe this is because I really want the Spurs to make it out of the West…  Coach Popovich is the best coach in the league– he knows his players so well, he does a great job of not over-coaching (letting his smart ass players make good calls based on what they see), he stresses defense and team-play above all else, makes great use of a not-always-great bench, and you can tell his players listen and trust him. If history rears its ugly head again, and the “every other year ending with an odd number means the Spurs will win” ( ’03, ’05, ’07), then this 2009 season will be their year. Matt Freakin Bonner will play a big role in this run.

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