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I was excited about Pau Gasol possibly coming to the Spurs. I don't feel the same about Ray Allen at 39. You can get the same productivity from a better two-way player.
1 day, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
No-risk move. Warrick would be a decent and versatile backup in the front court. If he doesn't work out, no harm done.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-invite-hakim-warrick-for-workout.html
I'm really intrigued by Hanga's game. I love his highlights, but since he's never been in summer league, it's hard to gauge his progress. Bertans seems to be more of a sure thing, because he comes over here 2-3 times a year and works out for the Spurs and talks with training staff, etc. I'm not sure if Hanga is seriously considering the NBA as an option.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/latest-on-adam-hangas-situation-with-baskonia.html
I really liked the energy that Green brought in summer league. He was our most consistent performer, doing alittle bit of everything well.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-sign-jamychal-green.html
The 5th title stands out above all the others to me. The first title in 1999 was the second best to me, especially sweeping Shaq and the Lakers on the way, followed by 2003, which was also special to send the Admiral out as a champion. I could go either way on the other two. When I look back on the championships, there doesn't seem to be any year where the Spurs had the NBA's most talented squad, yet we won anyway. We have integrated so many no-name players and over-the-hill vets to get to the playoffs EVERY year and win five NBA titles! Wow.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/which-title-is-the-most-meaningful.html
Among our foreign stash players, I have enjoyed watching clips of Bertans and Adam Hanga the most. I think both guys can be solid NBA players. I'm not holding my breath for Ryan Richards, like some other Spurs fans. It seems that the foreign players are learning the fundamentals of basketball better than our American phenoms. High flying slam dunks are fun to watch, but too many lottery picks are based solely on athletic talent, rather than productivity on the court.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/bertans-discusses-signing-with-baskonia-next-steps-for-future-with-spurs.html
Agreed. I think Thibodeaux in Chicago, might have a roll for Gasol, but I don't see a fit with the Thunder, and who know's what the Heat will have. Does the signing of Josh McRoberts make them a less likely destination for Gasol. Situation would be great for Gasol because, he'd only have to play about 20 minutes per game and wouldn't have to carry the team at all. His strengths also mesh with the Spurs system of play.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/why-the-spurs-are-pau-gasols-best-option.html
This signing was a big surprise, but not a headscratcher. Cotton did so many things for Providence, much like the more heralded Shabazz Napier. His small size is a negative, but he's as big as Allen Iverson and TJ Ford, when they came out of college. Cotton is a 4-year college player, strong BB IQ, team leader. Just seems like the kind of player the Spurs would value. I was surprised that he went undrafted, because he performed well against teams with lottery picks.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-sign-bryce-cotton.html
@JamesMcGahan You're right. Bonner did do okay THIS post season, but I really think it's a product of not needing him to do too much. 5-8 minutes per game sounds right, but when we had to play him for 15-20 minutes per game, BIG PROBLEM,
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-bonner-remains-in-contact-with-spurs-waiting-on-roster-to-unfold.html
With the young and upcoming front court players that the Spurs have either drafted or signed, I think it's time for the Red Mamba era to end. Bonner is a good guy for team chemistry and locker room, and he knows his role on the Spurs. But he, along with several others who are no longer on the roster, disappeared in post season. In retrospect, he never should have been an NBA starter, and probably not the first guy off the bench. Thanks for your contributions, Red Mamba, but I'd rather see one of the young guys get a shot.
Really liked this pick. Even before draft, in watching Kyle Anderson play for UCLA I said out loud that he would look good playing in the Spurs system. Viola! He's our number one draft choice. Anderson plays with such intelligence that his game is easy to admire. I think he's an under-rated athlete because he doesn't jump out the gym. He'll need to get stronger, but he understands how to use his length and stuff that's hard to teach like passing angles, situational basketball, and game tempo.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-select-kyle-anderson-with-first-round-pick.html
As a fan, the four missed free throws seemed like the turning point for me. Instead of building a cushion on our lead, I think it breathed extra life into the Heat, because the game remained up for grabs. Lebron played sensational, and that will of course be the headlines tomorrow, but the fact remains that the Heat BARELY beat the Spurs, even with Lebron doing his messiah impression. Bosh played a great game as well. The Heat have to play extremely well to beat us, so I still feel good about the Spurs winning in 6.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/missed-free-throws-ball-movement-plague-spurs-late-as-miami-bounces-back-to-even-series-1-1.html
I feel bad for Ibaka. Without him, OKC is definitely put at a disadvantage. I want the Spurs to beat the best at their best. That being said, I'm tired already of hearing about Ibaka, because no one gives the Spurs the same benefit of a doubt. Game 7 of last year's NBA finals might have been different if Dwayne Wade's knees gave out, instead of Tony Parker's hamstring. Commentators are quick to talk about the Spurs being ousted in the first round of the 2011 playoffs, but hardly mention that Manu broke his arm the last game of the regular season was rendered less effective because of it.
Injuries happen in professional sports. That's the breaks. It just feels like the media is already making room for the Thunder to have an excuse when they lose, but they absolutely do not care if we have injured players.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/a-defiant-serge-ibaka-wants-to-return-to-the-court.html
I don't disagree with most of your solution suggestions, but I just not have been impressed by the Spurs' intensity. Except for part of game three, it seems that the Mavs are playing with playoff intensity, and we're still playing the regular season. The Spurs are the better team, but the Mavs are playing harder, with more energy, more hunger. Despite everything, I still don't see the Spurs losing this series.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/problems-and-solutions-for-game-4.html
Carter made a great shot. Hats off to him. My problem was the and 1 the refs awarded Ellis on a jump shot where he created the contact against Diaw. Plus, Manu was fouled on his go ahead layup; it wasn't incidental contact either.
Nevertheless, I felt like the Mavs outworked us and played like the hungrier team for most of the game. It wasn't a lucky win. They earned it.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/analyzing-the-loss-mavericks-109-spurs-108-dallas-2-1-series-lead.html
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).
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-r-c-buford-chats-with-grantlands-lowe.html
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.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/david-robinson-on-dirk-nowitzki-hes-clearly-the-best-international-player-ever.html
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.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/damian-james-says-he-wants-to-he-one-of-the-best-defenders-in-the-nba.html
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.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-rally-to-burn-suns-clinch-top-spot.html
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.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-why-the-spurs-cant-beat-the-thunder.html
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?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
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.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/analyzing-the-loss-thunder-106-spurs-94.html
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.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-damion-james-passed-up-more-money-to-prove-his-worth.html
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.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-davis-bertans-returns-to-the-court-scores-20-points-in-20-minutes.html
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.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Report: Spurs assign Daye to Austin
@BurkhartBrandon @jaws3 LOL, you are so right! Of the former Spurs you mentioned, only Michael Finley was heavily coveted when he signed. The rest of the list were clearly past their prime, although they all did have plenty of good basketball left. I think that the Spurs relying on high IQ basketball enables savvy players to play longer.
The comments about Stephen Jackson, Josh Howard et al are spot on. When these guys could really play they spurned the Spurs to play for teams that in most cases weren't any good. Artest had a few opportunities to sign with the Spurs when he weighed 40 lbs LESS!
6 months ago on Report: Granger to sign with Clippers
@BurkhartBrandon @jaws3 Maybe you're right BB, but history says that many players CANNOT handle the pressure of playing in the big cities like NY and LA, nor safely navigate the night life. If winning a championship is your goal and you're an older NBA veteran, don't know why the Knicks, Nets, Clippers or Lakers would be on your wish list. NONE of those teams are going anywhere! Clippers have an outside shot, I guess, but even with Buter, they don't strike fear in me.
Small market? Now, THIS one really irritates me! Butler signs with the Thunder? He has no history with them. OKC is an even smaller market. I am astounded that we got no one out of the deal, but our chief competitors get better. Who knows what we do next but keep our core intact and focus on getting better. Seems like no one is willing to give the Spurs a shot, despite being a championship caliber team.
6 months ago on Report: Butler to sign with Thunder
With Granger having family and an off-season home in LA, his signing with the Clippers makes sense, but it makes the whole interview process with other teams look like a charade. He should have just signed with the Clippers at the deadline and not wasted people's time. I think he will help the Clippers, but he would have been put to better use by Pop, even extending his career if he had re-signed.
I'm tired of the big city comparisons. LA, NYC and Miami are great places to visit, but I would NOT want to live there! Only recently has Miami become a hot destination with Lebron. Has-beens like Rashard Lewis now have NBA titles. Granger's decision was not a surprise, but Earl Clark to the Knicks is a headscratcher. Not holding my breath for Caron Butler either, but his game would nicely complement the Spurs.
Butler would be a nice addition if he signed with us, but I'm not overly optimistic. He had an opportunity to sign with the Spurs a couple of years ago and picked the Clippers I think for about the same money. I don't know why San Antonio is not a popular destination for players who want to join a contender, especially if the money is about the same.
6 months ago on Report: Spurs eyeing Caron Butler
Knicks sign Earl Clark AND Shannon Brown? That's priceless.
6 months ago on Report: Knicks to sign Shannon Brown
Sign with the Knicks? What moron signs with league's most dysfunctional franchise, given the choice of teams like the Spurs, Heat and Thunder having interest?
6 months, 1 week ago on A rundown of the NBA's buyout market
Of course, Granger and Clark would be the best choices, but Ronnie Brewer or Metta World Peace wouldn't be bad options to play 10 per night. We absolutely need another perimeter defender who can rebound as well, when Pop decides to play small ball. The wings we have are just too small against certain line-ups, aside from Leonard. I've always liked Ramon Sessions' game, but we really don't have a need for him now. I have no interest in us bringing back previous Spurs' retreads (e.g. Udrih, Roger Mason, S-Jax).
@joebuet Man, you're a clown for sayin' that! LOL
6 months, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs want to explore free agent pool before re-signing Brown
What do I think? I would say that the Spurs looking at Beno Udrih is a smoke screen, unless more than one trade deadline deal is on the table. Hear me loud and clear; THE SPURS DO NOT NEED ANOTHER POINT GUARD! Even with the injuries, another PG is NOT our problem. We do need another perimeter defender and/or wing who can occasionally score. A front court player athletic and big enough to bounce from 3 to 4 would be ideal, more so than a 2/3 guy.
But, PLEASE do not scout, sign or trade for another guard unless its a significant upgrade, where we are able to "steal" an up and coming or under-the-radar star player.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Report: Spurs could have interest in Udrih
Both in college and in the NBA, Turner was known as a versatile player who can do some of everything. Some question his athleticism; his skills were supposed to translate into a better NBA player, especially as a first rounder. He has good work ethic though and doesn't have to hold the ball.
I think much of his problem with the 76ers is not having a defined role. At this level, he's not talented enough to be an all everything player. I think if you shorten his responsibilities as a player, he would be more effective. His shooting percentage and shot selection needs to improve. He's a good rebounder for his size and a good but not great defender. He also can handle the ball, if you don't ask him to do too much.
In sum, I think Turner would be an ideal Spur. The potential is there. In some games, he plays like an all-star, then disappears during others. The Spurs have the coaching and system to maximize his talents as a player.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Report: Spurs could have interest in Turner through trade or in free agency
Brown may be a great pickup. It's expected that the superstars will get their points against us, but. I'm tired of watching us losing games because no one can guard Mo Williams and Wes Matthews, Reggie Jackson, Patrick Beverly, and other sidekicks on playoff teams. If Shannon Brown can guard these guys and mix in an occasional transition dunk or 3 pointer, he's my hero!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Shannon Brown: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?
I actually kinda like this move. Brown is big and athletic enough to play the 3 as well as SG. I also know that he can defend when he puts his mind to it. To me, he's a "poor man" version of Trevor Ariza.
7 months ago on Spurs sign Shannon Brown to 10-day contract, release Jeffers
Sometimes the Spurs are going to lose, but I have a problem with pathetic defense AGAIN against a higher echelon team. It's almost like we flick a switch and play a perfect team game against a weaker team, then collapse against a good team. The Heat had 91 points after three quarters! Bosh shooting 90% for the game? Giving up easy layups? The defensive rotation was sorry throughout the game. Lazy cross-court passes against the Heat is a big no-no; everybody knows that, but that didn't stop us yesterday.
Of course, we're a better defensive team with Kawhi, Danny Green and Splitter are on the court, but bad team defense is about poor effort, communication, and rotation. This is NOT supposed to be characteristic of a Spurs team, but in our losses against good teams this season it is the same formula for disaster.
7 months ago on Just 3 quarters needed for Heat to defeat injury-stricken Spurs
Yeah, yeah, he's burning up the D-League. So what, we still need size and a solid perimeter defender. We bring up another guard! I thought Malcolm Thomas would get more of a chance, since Pop is still experimenting with line-ups.
I'll change my mind if Jeffers can guard Reggie Jackson (Thunder) or guys from the Blazers (Lillard, Wes Matthews, Mo Williams) or the Rockets (Harden, Patrick Beverly, Aaron Brooks). I'm not mad about Durant, Lillard or Harden going off on us; I'm just sick of these secondary players looking like all-stars when they play the Spurs.
It would be nice to have another shot creator, besides Tony and Manu, but when I look at our losses, we score 100 points; we just don't stop anybody.
7 months, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs looking to call-up D-League's Jeffers
Nice team performance, but I wish we would save some of that good shooting and spacing against a top opponent. I think back to the losses to the Thunder, Blazers, Rockets and Pacers, where we missed so many open shots and lay-ups, then executed poorly down the stretch. I don't think we have witnessed that mentally tough Spurs team from last year's playoffs. Our execution was off the chain. THIS season's team is not THAT team yet.
7 months, 1 week ago on Spurs jump on Bucks early, don’t ease up in blow-out
We broached this subject before about the Spurs needing another lengthy perimeter defender to match up better with teams that excel at mid-range and 3-point shooting, while having guys that can penetrate. Being without Danny Green didn't help, but it was still a winnable game. Did you see how layups we missed? If someone besides Manu had a decent game, we still could have won this one. Duncan and Parker shot miserably in the second half. Marco had his moments but wasn't on fire last night.
The Spurs are best when they play with pace, combined with crisp ball movement. I didn't see a lot of that. Assists were down. We played too fast, especially in the first half, trying to run and gun with the Blazers, which isn't our game. Blazers were putting up shots between 10-13 seconds.
Finally, defense and rebounding, oops!, wins championships. When the Spurs score 100+ points, I expect them to win. This defensive effort was reminiscent of the collapse against the Knicks and a few days back against Utah. We don't have to keep teams to 80 points anymore like the old days, but opponents should not easily (and repeatedly) score over 100 points on our home floor.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Portland Trail Blazers 109, San Antonio Spurs 100: LaMarcus Aldridge loves to play the Spurs
I am so sick of hearing about the Andrew Bynum saga. Cleveland took the risk, after Bynum stole money from Philly, so they get what they pay for, a talented big man blessed with the right genetics, except for fragile knees, but with an even bigger lack of passion to be the best. Bynum is just not the kind of player I would invest a lot of money in.
As for the Cavs, they are a good young team that needs more pieces. Irving is a great young talent, but he is NOT a franchise player. The NBA draft is fool's gold most of the time. Every now and then a LeBron James or Tim Duncan arrives, and that player alone makes you a playoff contender. Most #1 draft picks are NOT THAT GOOD! Cavs need to add another high caliber NBA-ready draft pick or a proven veteran that can get the team over the hump.
This Cavs team also is not quite committed to Mike Brown's defensive principles. They just want to outscore people. Since the East is so bad, the Cavs still have a shot at the playoffs, if they can stay afloat during Irving's injury.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Kyrie Irving Injury Shows Why Spurs Keep the Bench Ready
I took my time responding to this one, but I was shaking my head again as Duncan got pulled out for a key defensive stop at the end of the game. Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing after getting the SAME negative results?
Nevertheless, it never should have come to this. Shumpert is not an All-Star. The Knicks are NOT a good basketball team. Spurs played like crap, except for Marco, the entire game. Pathetic defense, not much toughness on either side of the ball, sloppy with the basketball. What was the matter with Tony Parker? Danny Green has been hard to watch this year. Ayres always makes me nervous on offense; why doesn't Baynes not get more time against big front lines? Can we at least see if Malcolm Thomas can guard the perimeter when it matters?
As poorly as we played offensively (excluding Marco), when the Spurs score over 100 points, we should win. Didn't deserve to win this one. I can live with narrow losses to elite teams. Loss to the Knicks was very hard to swallow.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Despite career-high 32 points from Belinelli, Spurs fall to Knicks
This game looked EXACTLY like the losses to the Clippers and Thunder!
8 months, 1 week ago on Troubles against top-teams continue to haunt Spurs in loss to Rockets
Defense was awful. Spurs played tentative to start the game. Duncan has to be more aggressive and consistently hit shots from midrange. Belinelli was a bad choice to start against Rockets. Just not quick enough. Parsons torched him. Parker was missing in action for the entire game. Terrence Jones dominating our frontline was an embarrassment. Second brought some energy and competitiveness. Still don't know why Baynes was not given more time to match up against Howard after his success in last year's playoffs.
Why no adjustments by Pop? Why no matchup of Leonard on Parsons, BEFORE he hit 5 3-pointers? Why not switch off Danny Green on Harden for a different look or trap the hot shooter to make another player beat us? Might have been better to play small for most of this game. Our twin towers didn't do much to discourage penetration, except for blocked shots by Duncan.
@Spursfan66@alamoaggie08I was thinking the same thing against the Pacers. With their big frontline, I thought for sure Baynes would get minutes. Was disappointed that he didn't get minutes.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Popovich: Aron Baynes just needs an opportunity
I just hated it being a home loss to Howard and the Rockets. We still can't guard James Harden. Chase Budinger also shot lights out. Liked the way we fought back, but got deflated when the Rockets scored the game's last 9 points.
9 months ago on Spurs reminded of valuable lesson in loss to Rockets