PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's already known in San Antonio as "The Shot."
Sean Elliott's off-balance, on his tip-toes, almost out-of-bounds 3-pointer that beat Portland in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals is almost certainly the biggest basket in the franchise's history and ranks with some of the toughest game-winning shots in NBA playoff history."I'm just grateful that the ball went in," Elliott said when he showed up for the Spurs' optional workout on Tuesday in San Antonio. "If people want to remember me for that, so be it."
He said maybe the Spurs' devoutly Christian players -- David Robinson and Avery Johnson -- deserve credit for the two close homecourt victories that put the Spurs up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
"I think we have to thank somebody," Elliott said. "We have to thank David and Avery for praying so much. Somebody answered our prayers."
Elliott said he's watched the replay of his game winner "a couple of dozen times." Meanwhile, the phone at his house has been ringing constantly.
"I got a million calls," he said. "I've got everybody calling me. I had a couple of old coaches calling me, practically everybody."
Johnson said by making six of seven 3-pointers in Game 2, Elliott could change the Blazers' defensive strategy, which mostly has been to collapse on Tim Duncan and David Robinson.
"I think they're going to pay a little more attention to Sean," Johnson said. "Maybe that may free up some more penetration from our perimeter guys, especially Mario and myself."
The Spurs planned to practice in San Antonio Wednesday before traveling to Portland, where the series doesn't resume until Friday.
The Blazers, who took Tuesday off, can use every minute of the long layoff to repair their psyche.
"I think it is the toughest loss that we've had all season," Damon Stoudamire said. "But the good thing about this is . . . we've got three days to regroup, and then they're going to come into a hostile environment in Portland."
The Blazers led by as many as 18 points and didn't trail in the game until Elliott's game-winner with nine seconds to play.
"It took incredible shots to beat us," Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. "I'd give (Elliott) 100 bucks to see him make that shot again. It was one of those shots you dream about making."
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the momentum of the miracle comeback probably won't last until the weekend.
"If we were coming back and playing tomorrow, it would be huge," he said. "But Friday is like 2 1/2 weeks from now. Nobody will even be able to remember this game."