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In my opinion, Spurs need the number 1 seed. Right now, if the Spurs were to drop to #2 seed, we could face a potential Golden State 1st round matchup (Curry is injured and Warriors should fall a spot) followed by Houston and then OKC in the WCF.
Running that gauntlet will surely take it's toll on the Spurs. We would face a tough matchup in GS followed by Spurs-killer, James Harden and then our nemesis, OKC. This is not even to mention losing home-court in the Finals to Miami which, as we saw last year, was a crucial part of our demise. We are healthy now and we have a favorable schedule heading into the playoffs. While we shouldn't over-extend guys, we also shouldn't give 0 value to the #1 seed. Avoiding the worst case scenario GS->HOU->OKC->MIA should definitely be in the back of our minds as the playoffs fast approach. Letting OKC and HOU slug it out in the semis sounds much better to me anyway.
7 hours, 5 minutes ago on The Spurs are the No. 1 seed, but does it matter?
TImmy will easily be considered the best PF of all-time and will be talked about as a top 10 player when all is said and done. I would personally put Timmy in my top 5 players of all-time but that's assuredly my bias talking. While Timmy's stats may not compare with other top 5 or top 10 greats; I believe Tim will be best remembered for sacrificing everything (stats, money, fame) for the betterment of the team. He is undoubtable one of the the most, if not the most unselfish players to grace the NBA.
No matter his place in history, we Spurs fans will be some of the select few to truly understand his greatness. Here's to #5 boys, let's get it done this year for Timmy!!!!!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Duncan's place among the NBA greats
Stern's plot to finally kill off the "boring" Spurs and the racially insensitive Timberwolves with their all-white starting five was foiled. Thank god we only have a few more months of this murderous dictator, some call "NBA commissioner," left!
3 months ago on Spurs and Wolves Game in Mexico delayed due to fire in arena
The issue was never, "can Blair put up numbers given adequate playing time?" It was always an issue of floor spacing, defensive liabilities, and maturity. Sure Blair could get his, but you have to pair him with a big man with some range in order to have proper floor spacing and also hope that Blair's man couldn't post him up otherwise you were toast. That's not even to mention Blair's overall maturity or lack thereof. Whataburger exists in Dallas too you know...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on DeJuan Blair's Value To The Mavericks
@DifferentVSTheSame @CraigThomas Past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. Many Spurs fans like myself gave Jackson a pass b/c Timmy D vouched for him. Unfortunately, the Spurs organization didn't rub off on Jackson who continued his selfish ways in SA which forced him out the door. We should have seen it coming, but again, we were too focused on SJax's past performances circa 2003 to realize the guy's game had degraded immensely since then and his attitude hadn't changed.
And why bring up Jason Collins? Was he even on our radar? You know the egregious rumors going around about Timmy which I will not mention here. But, if they prove to be true, will that tarnish your image of the man who built the Spurs?
Josh Howard is the definition of a thug who has no loyalty to this his game, his body, or his country. The previous statements/conduct Howard has done should disqualify him from wearing the Silver and Black just like SJax's should have. Hindsight is 20/20, but it's not too hard to see how this will end up.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 years later, Spurs finally get Josh Howard
Josh Howard sucks not just at a basketball level, but at a human being level. His actions both on and off the court have been the anti-thesis of Spur-like behavior. His off-season regime of marijuana undoubtably contributed to his rapid decline from all-star play. He can shoot a jumpshot to save his life, is too slow to defend most SF's in the league, and too small to defend the post. As he said himself in reference to the national anthem: "I don't celebrate that s**t." Why doesn't he take his tremendous basketball talents somewhere else then? It would be a disgrace to see him wear the silver and black.
We lost to the Thunder because of James Harden. Every time we tried to focus the defense around stopping Durant or cutting off Westbrook from driving to the basket, there would be James Harden ready to take a 3, break down the defense, or dish a great assist. Losing Harden was a huge blow to the Thunder. One which I don't think they will ever fully recover from until they get another 3rd guy who can help get offensive load off of Durant and Westbrook. The Thunder are simply not the same team without Harden and I think they are quite beatable. I think we should look more towards the Warriors as our greatest threat in the West this year. The Iggy pickup was huge.
5 months, 1 week ago on Russell Westbrook's return still unknown
I think the moral of the story is don't talk trash on a motorcycle...
9 months ago on Heat fan in hospital after being forced off road after Game 1
@JeffProjectSpurs trade options? The bigger question is what was Nando thinking saying these comments on a team that is poised to go to the NBA Finals? He is easily replaceable and Cory Joseph has frankly out-worked him for his position.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on De Colo very frustrated with lack of playing time in the postseason
I think this was Danny Green's best overall game as a Spur in the playoffs. He played tremendously offensively and even made some driving layups to combine with his 3's! The fact that Tony Allen was so surprised about Danny's play definitely should help us because if Allen stays at home on Danny, it provides a larger driving lane for TP. All of the DG haters have to eat some serious crow. Great game for Danny Green and Los Spurs.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Tony Allen 'surprised' by the play of Spurs' Green in Game 1
@JeffProjectSpurs We can stop them, the problem is Tony unfortunately on both ends of the floor. When everyone says "Spurs have matchup problems," it's code for TP can't guard anyone in this series. He is too small to bother Thompson and gets abused by Barnes in the post. Kawhi has proven he can defend Curry extremely well, and Danny Green would defend Thompson better A) if we got back in transition as a team B) didn't have to help in the post against scrubs like Landry, Ezeli, or Bogut (he has a terrible lost post game).
Offensively as well it's been same song, different verse for Tony. He cannot get it done versus longer and quicker defenders. Thompson is shutting him down completely and his absence was the only reason we won game 1. This is the main problem to me because we have such a TP-centric offense now that when Tony cannot penetrate, it destroys our rhythm. We end up looking like the 2005 Spurs where we force feed Tim because that has become our option.
Bottom-line is, the Spurs need to fix their offense rather than their defense if they want to win this series. We held the Warriors to 38 points in the 2nd half. If we can hold the Warriors to 100 or under as we did in game 2, we should win that game. It seems like the 3rd year now that I've said this, but TP has to prove he can lead the Spurs back to the Finals.
10 months ago on Spurs fans are split on series vs. Warriors after Game 2 loss
When is this guy coming over? He definitely looks like he has the physical skills to play in the NBA. Why not bring him over and develop him like Cory Joseph? That seemed to work out pretty well...
10 months, 1 week ago on Hanga wins Spanish ACB League MVP of the Week
Unfortunately for the rest of the NBA, I think Kerr is 100% correct. Spurs have the best chance to beat the Heat with or without a healthy Westbrook. The Heat matchup extremely well against the Thunder and are able to physically frustrate Durant (see 4th quarter Rockets vs. Thunder game from last night).
However, the Heat don't matchup well with us because of our big men and superior 3pt shooting. Beating the Heat will be no small challenge, but if there's any team that can do it, the Spurs are it. Let's not count our chickens before they hatch, but a Spurs vs. Heat final would could make my dreams come true.
10 months, 1 week ago on Steve Kerr: Spurs best in the West before Westbrook injury, can beat Miami in Finals
@El_chingon I mean it's AT&T, what do you expect?
10 months, 2 weeks ago on AT&T Center named best NBA arena
I was at the game, and to me, it seemed like the Lakers fans were in withdrawal because of the realization that their team is cooked. Not just year, but for years to come. People were chanting the typical "Beat LA!" and I yelling that these Lakers didn't deserve that chant. I got some sour looks from a couple Lakers fans, but I think they were too despondent to care. Apparently this Laker fan wasn't...
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: Spurs-Lakers fans brawl after Game 2
No one should ever doubt Manu's ability to step it up in the playoffs.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on San Antonio Spurs 102, Los Angeles Lakers 91: Where the real Spurs showed up
@rtesoro440 Not so sure about the Nuggets making out of Oakland with a win over the next two games. That series is going to 7 games for sure and hopefully Golden State wins. Diaw is still out at least another 2-3 weeks and he's going to be out of shape even when he gets back.
I was at the game last night and definitely noticed Green struggling out there. Surprisingly though, it was his defense that was most woeful, running into Nash/Blake from behind? Just poor defense. At this point, I think Pop is set on not playing players who aren't used to the offense. He gave Blairball wayyy too much time last night. Baynes should have been taking those minutes b/c of his size. I doubt T-Mac plays any minutes this series at all.
The fact that Metta World Peace is the voice of reason amongst the madness befalling LA shows how far the Lakers have fallen. Even level-headed Steve Nash is already piling on the excuses as to why LA will be unceremoniously be swept out of the playoffs in the first round.
What exactly did the Lakers think was going to happen playing their bigs 40+ min all season or Kobe playing entire games down the stretch? There is reasoning behind Popovich's fastidious attention to player's minutes. Multiple studies support the seemingly obvious fact that competitors are much more likely to get injured when they play beyond their bodies' limits or have not gotten enough time to recover. The Lakers have no bench to keep games competitive while their aging team rests and therefore their starters have to play extended time.
This season for the Lakers was pretty much written in stone as soon as they fell behind early. Trying to make up ground caused over-extension of minutes which resulted in injuries. The funny thing is that it wasn't really a personnel issue in terms of what prevented the Lakers from gelling early on. It was the inflated egos of Kobe, Dwight, and Pau, each competing for the spotlight, which led to a disgruntled locker room and a disjointed offense coached by the hapless Pringles man. The Lakers problems this season have been entirely a product of their own devices. Kobe's incredible ME first attitude scuttled their season before it began.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on World Peace makes no excuses for losses to Spurs
The DPOY award is probably the most overrated in the entire NBA. It usually goes to the league leader in blocks which has little bearing on a player's defensive abilities, but rather their jumping abilities. The fact that Bruce Bowen never won a DPOY also taints the award for me. Bowen was widely regarded as the NBA's best perimeter defender from 2004-2007. Yet, he never won DPOY. Just doesn't make any sense to me.
Gasol isn't undeserving of this award because at least it went to the best defensive team in the NBA and not Ibaka for his blocked shots. However, Duncan's defensive re-emergence this year is truly remarkable and should have been recognized by the league.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Did Duncan get cheated out of DPOY award?
@Spekkio Can't find the video unfortunately, but this link definitely highlights Cory's defensive abilities and speed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssu3HlBijPY
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Joseph's intangibles have earned him backup spot