Spurs Make History

Welcome back from what I hope was a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Not only was it a three day weekend, but the NBA Conference Finals started and the Stanley Cup Finals start tomorrow. If you have not been keeping up with the NHL Playoffs, the 8th seed Kings have been dominating the competition as they head to Newark for game one of the Finals against the New Jersey Devils. The NBA has been entertaining as well, even though my Lakers were booted out by the Thunder. With that advance, OKC is matched up against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Chris Bosh’s absence from the court has not seemed to cool the Heat too much as they are a game up in the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston.

As the title of this week’s TicketCity Play of the Week implies, I am going black and silver today and giving the Spurs some love. I am not going to single out one specific play this week because what the Spurs have done can not be seen in just one game, or even two. This video is a recap of game one against Oklahoma City Sunday night. The game was your typical conference final game, going back and forth, not ever showing a clear winner until the last seconds of the game. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Spurs came out on top beating the Thunder 101 – 98.

I didn’t just pick this game because it was a game one victory that has set the tone for the rest of the series. I picked this win because it continued the longest winning streak in the franchise history of the Spurs. Nineteen to be exact, eight of which came against the best teams in the NBA as the Spurs swept the Jazz and Clippers in the first two rounds of the Playoffs.

I would love to see the Spurs continue this winning streak all the way to the NBA Finals. If they can continue to keep the streak alive, it will be a true test as OKC, Boston, and Miami are not teams to be taken lightly. But if there is a team that can do it, I think it’s the Spurs. Here’s the Spurs 19th consecutive win and your TicketCity Play of the Week. Go Spurs!

The Week in TicketCity Search – April 30th

It’s Derby week, and nowhere is that more apparent than on our countdown. Well, perhaps in Louisville, Kentucky, but only by a little… Yes, the Derby and Oaks won handily this week, knocking Lady Gaga off the top. Her fall was steep, so steep, that she didn’t land at #3. No, that spot went to a resurgent Carrie Underwood, who may be in for a long run thanks to a concert tour that runs almost non-stop through the rest of 2010.

George Strait gains a couple spots to round out the top 5, while Rush remains at a mellow #6 for a third week in a row. Not sure, but that may be the most constant occupation of the #6 slot in all countdown history. Continuing to bounce in and out of the countdown, Drake returns at #7… just head of someone who fell a lot harder than Lady Gaga. Yes, the esteemed Mr. Bieber hit #8 this week, barely ahead of Spurs fans who are following their team into the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

Finally, American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert debuts on the countdown at #10. Not sure what it is about American Idol losers. Granted, you don’t have to do much to outperform a lot of American Idol winners… Lambert is playing a limited set of dates coming up in June for the “Glam Nation” Tour. Currently only one date is set past June, but more could be added, so keep checking back or signup for for updates on the Adam Lambert tickets page.

1 2 Kentucky Derby
2 3 Kentucky Oaks
3 9 Carrie Underwood
4 1 Lady Gaga
5 7 George Strait
6 6 Rush
7 - Drake
8 4 Justin Bieber
9 - San Antonio Spurs
10 - Adam Lambert

Kevin Durant returning to Austin

Texas Longhorn fans should have October 20th, 2009 circled on their calendar.  That is the day that UT basketball favorite son, Kevin Durant, will be returning to Austin to play an exhibition game at the Frank Erwin Center.  Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder will play the San Antonio Spurs in an NBA preseason game ahead of the 2009-2010 season.

The game will be the first official game for Durant back in Austin since he went pro after the 2006-2007 season.  Durant played one magical year for the Texas Longhorns, winning all of the major Player of the Year honors in college basketball that season.  Since then Durant has had his #35 jersey retired by the Texas basketball program.  Durant has come back to Austin over the past few off-seasons to practice and scrimmage with some of his former teammates and the new Longhorns basketball players.

The game matches Durant and his OKC squad against the 4-time World Champion San Antonio Spurs.  The Spurs were knocked out in the 1st-round of the NBA playoffs this year, but should return a strong lineup for the 2009-2010 assuming their core of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are healthy.  Click here to buy Spurs tickets for the 2009-2010 season as soon as they are available.