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FIRST-ROUND BREAKOUT SCORERS
Chris Ballard
May 16, 2005
SPURS: MANU GINOBILI (+6.8 ppg)
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May 16, 2005

First-round Breakout Scorers

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SPURS: MANU GINOBILI (+6.8 ppg)

Ricocheted his way to the hoop against Denver, averaging 10.0 free throws. Should have similar success against Seattle's interior D, though bruise crew of Danny Fortson and Reggie Evans will exact toll.

SONICS: JEROME JAMES (+12.3 ppg)

Career 4.9 ppg scorer abused Kings front line, shooting 58.1%. Don't expect an encore; Tim Duncan and Nazr Mohammed will make former Harlem Globetrotter (he joined the team during the lockout) look like a Washington General.

SECOND-ROUND STAR? TONY PARKER With Sonics doubling down on Duncan, the perimeter and driving lanes should be wide open. Matched against inexperienced Luke Ridnour, the savvy Frenchman, who scored 29 points in Game 1, will zip through creases in D.

HEAT: DAMON JONES (+4.9)

Set up shop beyond arc versus Nets, casually nailing 4.3 three-pointers per game while shooting 50.0%. Against Washington's ball hawking backcourt, life will be harder for the not-so-fleet playmaker.

WIZARDS: JUAN DIXON (+4.2)

Made up for subpar series with Bulls by going MJ in Game 4, scoring 35. Quicker than Damon Jones, but hold those WHAT WOULD DIXON DO? wristbands; reserve guard not likely to go off again.

SECOND-ROUND STAR? SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Gets revenge for second-place MVP finish by punishing Brendan Haywood and sandcastle-soft frontcourt. Shaq had season-high 40 in December versus the Wizards.

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