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    Think they could use him? Scola trade becomes a facial
    by Buck Harvey

    They were playing in Japan in 2006, at the World Championships, and the Argentines should have taken it easy that day. They were matched against New Zealand.

    But they never take it easy while playing basketball. So Luis Scola dove for a loose ball, and he hit the court with such force that he lost teeth. The next day Manu Ginobili laughed and went looking for bite marks in the wood.

    They were good friends and better teammates, and in those days they thought they might also play together in San Antonio. But then came the trade. Outside of a few moments last season, they were the only ones with regrets.

    But now?

    After Sunday?

    Ginobili and Scola had dinner Saturday night at a San Antonio restaurant, and they didn’t talk about what could have been. They’d been over that ground too many times.

    So had the media and fan message boards, especially after a game early last season. Then Scola stuck 20 points on the Spurs, and Gregg Popovich reacted accordingly.

    “It kills me to have him on that team,” Popovich said. “Enough to make you spit.”

    The Spurs had sacrificed talent for money, with a rival benefiting. The trade would have festered within the Spurs organization last season, especially when the Rockets put together a 22-game winning streak, except for what followed.

    Then, led by Tracy McGrady, the Rockets again wobbled out of the first round. The Spurs went to the Western Conference finals, and their problem then wasn’t the Argentine who had been traded; it was the one who was limping against the Lakers.

    Not much changed this year, as the Spurs survived with a patched-up lineup and the Rockets endured everything from a gunshot wound to a midseason switch of point guards. But then came Sunday, when the Rockets took away first place from the Spurs.

    Now, what the Rockets took away a year and a half ago means more. Scola gives the Rockets the toughness they didn’t have before, and he complements Yao Ming, and he slipped free Sunday for the game-winner.

    Afterward the media circled Scola, and Brent Barry smiled nearby and motioned toward his latest Argentine teammate.

    “Think they could use this guy back here?” Barry asked.

    Scola reminds Barry of a former teammate. Barry has called him a taller Manu.

    But Barry goes further than that. He doesn’t think there’s been a better power forward since the All-Star break .

    The Spurs’ trio can’t argue after Sunday. Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner and Drew Gooden combined for six fewer rebounds than Scola had.

    To go with his 17 rebounds, Scola added 19 points. Then there’s what happened with 11 seconds left, when Scola went to the basket, took a Yao pass and won the game.

    Scola shrugged afterward. “I just saw ball coming toward me,” he said.

    He wasn’t perfect Sunday. After Tony Parker missed inside in the closing seconds, Scola grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. With only 0.3 on the clock, Scola said he had the following strategy: “Make the first one and miss the second one.”

    He instead missed the first, then line-drived in the second.

    “Apparently,” he said, “I’m not very good at it.”

    The Rockets will live with that. Scola is a smart, rugged player in his prime, and he has a good midrange jumper. His salary is a bargain, and, better yet, he’s healthy.

    As both the Rockets and Spurs struggle with injuries, Scola has yet to miss a game in his NBA career.

    Maybe all of that went through Popovich’s head as he slammed the scorers’ table Sunday and screamed at Duncan and refs alike. Popovich sure looked spitting mad again.

    Still, it’s what comes next that should worry Popovich and the Spurs. With McGrady gone, the Rockets have gone 16-4. They are still learning how to win, with a different point-guard rotation, and Sunday suggests they took a big step.

    So if they bump the Spurs into the 4-5 playoff seeding, and if the Rockets advance, then the trade will change a few things.

    There will be new bite marks, and they will be on the Spurs.


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    ClutchCityReturns Contributing Member

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    Nice article, from a San Antonio journalist no less.
     
  3. jmejia

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    Excellent article. I'm lovin it baby.
     
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    Wow good article. Very nice indeed. 5 stars :)
     
  5. MrButtocks

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    Great article, but I hate the "every sentence is a paragraph" approach.
     
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    i'm happy. can't complain about Scola. he's so important to the team.
     
  7. Marcus Bryant

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    scola is our best player in the paint. book it
     
  8. Simos05

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    Getting Scola was a steal, morey did a great job acquiring him. Its amazing the impact he has had on our team.
     
  9. v3.0

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    Scola plays for the Rockets, Mr. Spurstalk member. I guess you're still in denial.
     
  10. Marcus Bryant

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    I know scola plays for rockets, what I mean is "scola > yao". I assume you guys are not very friendly to us spurs fans, so I used "our" to mean the "rockets".
     
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    great signing for sure, we only basically gave up a second rounder for him, vspan was going back to europe anyways. morey's best trade so far. then drafting landry in the second round was a steal as well.
     
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    Scola is great, what a great trade that was.
     
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    That we scammed the Spurs to get him makes it that much sweeter.
     
  14. RocketSolid

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    Scola grows on you by the day, or by the game.
     
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    we would not be where we are right now without scola. he really has been the most consistent contributer all season long. love that guy.
     
  16. jevon3012

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    This sort of reminds me of Mardi Gras where one girl takes off her shirt, the next girl goes a little further and takes off her bra, and then you have a girl take off her panties and then the party is over because the cops come. Seriously, put your panties back on. Scola is a good role player but he's not tall, fast or strong enough to be a go to guy in the paint. He excels at shooting on the run which makes him the perfect compliment to Yao who attracts a ton of attention in the paint.
     
  17. nait

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    lol. Very well said.
     
  18. Icehouse

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    We will eventually have to choose between him and Landry. Which one goes?
     
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    personally i think girls should take off their panties whenever they want, you won't see me complaining.

    don't really want to defend Marcus Bryant and his scola>yao argument but if you think scola is nothing but a good role player, i think you are really not giving him enough credit. i wouldn't go so far as to say he's carrried us this season but he has been our team MVP, no question.
     
  20. EGYPT

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    good to know what the other side is saying. I do not think we would hear something like that from a Utah writter they would probably crucify him up there.
     
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