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Portland’s head coach Kaleb Canales makes a homecoming

 

 

San Antonio, Texas— In the final meeting of the season between the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs a lot of things have changed. The teams have split the previous two games. The Spurs were in a fight for the divisional crown with the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and the Memphis Grizzlies, now the Spurs are cruising along with one more win will clinch the number one seed in the Western Conference 124-89.

In the first two meetings the Trailblazers were coached by Nate McMillian and were looking for a high seed in the playoffs. Oh how times have changed, McMillian is out as coach and Kaleb Canales is in as head coach for the Blazers. Canales was hired as coach of the Trailblazers on March 15, 2012. Canales started with the Blazers as a video intern in 2004. Canales is the first Mexican-American coach in the NBA and is currently the youngest head coach at 34.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has his Spurs peaking at the right time.

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Canales is a native of Laredo, Texas and grew up a Chicago Bulls fan. He did attend a few of the Spurs caravans that came to Laredo as a kid. Gregg Popovich, while an assistant with the Spurs, remembers a few occasions when Canales attended some caravan sessions. Popovich said, “I taught Kaleb everything thing he knows about dribbling. We used to set-up in the HEB parking lot and run drills.”

The Spurs was just too much for the depleted Blazers. The Spurs were playing to clinch the top seed in the NBA Western Conference playoffs, while the Blazers are just playing out the string. If you looked at the scoreboard you could not tell that the Blazers were down by double digits most of the game. The Blazers played hard on every possession for their coach.

The Spurs shot 58 percent from the floor in the first half. The Blazers did not make an outside shot until Jonny Flynn hit a 9 foot floater. The Spurs led at the half 63-41.

The second half was a continuation of the first for the Spurs. The Spurs bench outscored the Blazers 67-29. The Spurs were led by Tim Duncan and Danny Green each scored 18 points in the game. The Spurs had six players to score in double digits. The Spurs largest got up to 37 points.

 

 

 

The Blazers were led by Wesley Matthews with 24 points. After the game, Canales said, “They (Spurs) did a great job of sharing the basketball. We are no excuse team and organization. The Spurs are playing their best basketball at this time of the year.”

Coach Popovich said of his bench play, “Well we’ve had good bench play all season long. That’s why we’ve had the success we’ve had thus far. They have done a great job.”

The Spurs end the regular season on the road at Phoenix to play the Suns on Wednesday April 23 and on Thursday April 26 in Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors. The playoff will begin on Saturday or Sunday for the Spurs. The Schedule will be release by the NBA late on Thursday or early Friday morning.

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By: Terry Davis
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer - @Terryd515
Photos Taken by Terry Davis


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