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Why would RC leave? Why would he mess up a good thing? He has missed on a few players (e.g. Jackie Blair, Richard Jefferson), but the front office is overall stellar. He really has a clear vision about the culture of the franchise. Even our recent pickup of complementary players and the ones we have stashed overseas has me excited about the future of the Spurs. We are one big free agent signing from seamlessly transitioning to a post-Duncan era (after months of crying and mourning the day TD finally retires).
6 days, 21 hours ago on
I love Manu and Tony, but they're not better than Dirk. Technically, Hakeem is the best international player ever in my opinion. Remember that he started out playing soccer in Africa, and didn't pick up basketball until he was a teenager coming to the U.S.
For what's its worth, Damien James has seemed to be more impactful than previous hopefuls Malcolm Thomas and Othyus Jeffers. Austin Daye has been more hesitant on his shots lately. Daye has great length, but lacks the strength that James has.
James has made some decent contributions for his very short time with the Spurs. He was a good scorer in college, so I think he can recapture that part of his game with some work. His strong skills as a rebounder and his athleticism are already on display. He does have the skill set to be a very good defender. Let's see what happens...
I was just so impressed with the Spurs fighting back to take this one. We played like it was a must win game for us. That's playoff mentality basketball! Kawhi Leonard is playing the way Paul George was playing BEFORE the all-star break. Ready for all takers. Looking forward to the Rockets game on Monday.
1 week, 3 days ago on
The Thunder have tremendous length and strong perimeter defense to disrupt our passing game, plus they have a plethora of good shooters to complement the NBA's most prolific scorer in Kevin Durant. That being said, I think the Spurs play with "fear" and timidness when facing the Thunder. Our shooters play too tight and hesitate too much. We overpass. Patty Mills was effective, because he just played his normal game, not worrying about getting his shot blocked. Lastly, Pop's lineups against the Thunder were just whack in the second half. Didn't understand his third quarter combinations, which led to the Thunder gaining the lead, then in the fourth TD and Parker never come back in.
Yes, they are a tough matchup, but if the Spurs play with energy, spacing, and mental toughness they'll be okay. Did you see all the turnovers converted to points off Spurs making lazy passes or passes where the angle just simply wasn't there? If we limit the fastbreak points, the game will be ours. Our defense really wasn't all that bad, considering the giveaway points from our offense.
Thunder lost to the Rockets the following night with Dwight Howard on the bench.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on
Actually, I'd rather Pop take a chance on Austin Daye, then keep Bonner on the playoff roster. The Red Mamba has just taken the post season exam and failed too many times for me to be excited about him as the last man off the bench. I like the toughness and size that Baynes brings. I was disappointed to not see Daye match up with Kevin Durant or Baynes bang inside against OKC's front court due to their injuries.
How come no one mentions that Patty Mills missed the entire playoffs last year due to injury?
2 weeks, 4 days ago on
I wonder if there is some mental baggage among the Spurs players. Yes, the Thunder are athletic and have great length, but too often, I watch Spurs hesitate on shots and sometimes over-pass the ball on offense. If we can attack the Heat and Pacers, we can do the same against the Thunder. I think we have Ibaka on the brain, We have to either make Ibaka play more 1-on-1 defense or make sure someone puts a body on him; most of his blocks are from the off-side.
I saw sloppiness on offense, lazy passes, passes where the angle obviously was not there, but we tried to force it anyway. Our defense wasn't really that bad. The Thunder scored 100+ due our multiple turnovers, not because we couldn't get stops. The Thunder like to gamble on the passing lanes and we obliged them without crisp offense.
The refs were NOT the reason we lost, but I'm so frustrated with calls against the Spurs EVERY time we play the Thunder. How does Duncan receive the double technical? I have watched Ibaka pin the ball to the backboard in several games against the Spurs, and no goal tending is called. We got the lead down to 9 in the 4th quarter, and Russell Westbrook runs over Patty Mills to get the ball and make a reverse dunk. Was I the only person in America who thought it was CLEARLY a foul on Westbrook?
That's my two cents. I remain confident that the Spurs would handle them in a 7-game series.
Turnovers were the difference. Pop never brought all the starters back after mid-way 3rd quarter. I hate when Pop waves the white flag when we have a chance at coming back. Caron Butler helped the Thunder in subtle ways. Parker and Duncan shot horribly tonight, so did Marco, which only made floor spacing worse.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on
Coming out of college, I thought James would be a decent NBA player, not a superstar but a guy that we have a decent career as a secondary option among starters or the first or second guy off the bench. Since his injury issues, I had forgotten about him. I thought he was considered to have more upside than James Anderson out of OK State who used to be with us and certainly more highly regarded than our CuJo, a PG out from University of Texas.
JoJo, I was thinking the same thing, that Bertans was 6'10". His game actually reminds me more of Tom Chambers from the old Seattle Sonics than Dirk Nowitzski. Smooth long-range shoot motion, but can also create off the dribble. Good athleticism that shows up on the defensive end. He already looks like a better all-around player than Ryan Richards and some of our other overseas draft picks.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on
No surprise, here. With Pop solidifying the roster in preparation for the playoffs, Daye wasn't likely to get many minutes. Going to the Toros will enable him to get lots of playing time, while learning the system. I really like his size and shooting stroke from the little time I've seen him play.
1 month, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs assign Daye to Austin