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April 8, 2020

Brent Barry the 2005 game 7 underrated hero

The game seven of Spurs- Pistons series was tough and very close up to the dying minutes. We’ve seen a Tim Duncan step up on the second half to take over. Manu Ginobili carefully manages every possession with the clutch play. While Robert Horry played big help both ends of the court off the bench. On the other hand, another quiet performance comes from Brent Barry off the bench.

In 29 minutes he played in game seven, he’s +14. When the Pistons on their way to take the momentum, Chauncey Billups take advantage of his size and experience against Tony Parker. Down by 12-6, Popovich quickly called a timeout and inserted Brent Barry in Parker’s place. The Spurs made a 12-4 run, Barry scored two points on that run, a couple of steals and an excellent defense to Billups.

The veteran continues his effort by switching to Rip Hamilton. Barry didn’t take a lot of shot all game, as he only takes three and scored five points. He’s been best in setting up with his teammates, made a good decision. One of the highlights is he finds Tim Duncan in the post to score. Billups made his second field goal against Barry on dying seconds with the Spurs almost winning.

Brent Barry became a playmaker once Parker is on the bench. He definitely played his role without taking too many shots. Spurs have been right about him to sign on that summer. Brent Barry deserves an appreciation for his hard work. Containing Pistons backcourt to be apart of their shooting slump with only 8-25 from the field help the Spurs to get the third championship.

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