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@Emicris @GordonWalker Hey emi, Rush tore his ACL preseason or very early in the season, believe it was the former. As far as Jefferson, he's been an ok back up, but not much more. He's basically a deep bench player who is useful but terribly priced (he'll be sure to take his player option for next year, but he'll be an expiring contract at that point, so useful in 2014. Brandon was a really key guy coming into this season, so looking forward to his return next year. Denver's stayed alive at least one more game, so the Spurs will be getting some more rest :)
1 year, 10 months ago on Pros and Cons: Facing the Golden State Warriors
@MacedonianSpursFan The Warriors are versatile and are by no means, 'Curry and gang'. Barnes, Thompson, J. Jack, and Landry can all easily get up into the 20pts and higher range, and Bogut's offense has been visibly improving game by game even though he's generally the 4th or 5th option at any given time. I am not claiming the Warriors have some huge chance against an excellent Spurs team, but it should be an exciting and interesting series and stopping Curry scoring is by no means all it takes to beat the Warriors. I also doubt Kawhi is enough by himself to seriously slow Curry, but then I doubt Popovich thinks so either.
@Emicris @GordonWalker It'd be pretty hard not to give respect to the Spurs; they've always played solid basketball and been classy. Always rooted for them when they played the Lakers or Dallas. Injuries have been pretty rough for us this season--lost Brandon Rush just before the season began and then Lee, but it'll only help in terms of development of younger guys, so there's a bright side, I guess. Congrats on crushing the Lakers and best of luck to whoever wins this series :) (and hopefully it's an exciting series, though there is definitely the possibility that the Spurs will take the Warriors apart--they are so damn methodical, fundamentally sound, talented and well-coached that a young team like the Warriors will have to do everything perfectly to stay in it).
@LiveSpurs @ChrisCano Every team everywhere has this happen when they win championships. And, every team everywhere has its core fans who are with them through thick and thin. Give me a friggen break. There are also fans everywhere that like their teams but who don't pay as much attention during losing periods but get excited by playoffs or championships. Big deal. If you really think this isn't equally true in San Antonio or Okeefenokee Arkansas, you're in for a big surprise. Sad how badly people feel a need to put down fans of other teams while exalting their 'brother' fans.
@ChrisCano No, we all wonder why you have an obsessive need to capitalize so much. I guess it's overcompensation for something else that is really small. Warriors fans weren't saying much during the bad years for that very reason, there wasn't much to say. Were you shouting and claiming greatness when the Spurs were a terrible team years back? Didn't think so. Enjoy the Spurs run of greatness and shut up about other teams' fans. Greatness goes in cycles and at some point it is pretty much a guarantee that the Spurs will see very lean years. My guess is you'll be jumping off the 'bandwagon' right about then. I've been a Warriors fan since the days of Rick Barry and followed them closely every year since; pretty sure there is nothing 'bandwagon' about that.
@ChrisCano That's a pretty moronic statement. I remember a day back when the Spurs were laughingstocks for a long time and then returned to said status when D. Robinson went down with a season-long injury. Your team has been great for a long while thanks to great coaching, management and players, no doubt, but the bowl of shit comment was pathetic and shows a profound lack of understanding of how greatness goes in cycles and of the loyalty fans show to teams regardless of results (or should). I have been a Niners fan through thick and very, very thin (before Walsh)--Warriors fans have been through hell with the worst ownership and management, or close to it, in the NBA, but that's done and the team now if very good and only going to get better. Are you suggesting we all jump ship and root for the Lakers? Is that what you did at one time? If so, you're a sad jerk.
Will the Warriors win a series against the Spurs? I would say the odds favor the Spurs this time around, maybe heavily. But the Warriors have done great things this year and will make it an interesting series at the least. But in terms of which team has the better future from here, the question gets more interesting. The Spurs are getting old and it's showing. Popovich will always be a great coach, so there's that, but no one has any idea what will happen when the gang of three (Dunc, Parker, and Manu lose it, whereas the Warriors have unlimited potential with their biggest contracts being soon to expire contracts for guys like Biedrins and R. Jefferson while their best players have very reasonable contracts and it's likely the Warriors will be able to pick up even more talent two years down the road just as their best players now hit their peak years.
I guess the Spurs better make sure they stay great or fans like you will become Rockets or Knicks fans. Sad.
As a Warriors fan, I'll state that most of what's in the article seems reasonable. A couple possible other cons exist though--the Warriors have an excellent bench that has outplayed Denver's supposedly deep, talented bench all series; also the Warriors feature excellent teamwork and unselfishness, shutting one guy down is not enough as all five starters and several bench players are double digit scoring guys capable of lighting it up any night. However, with all that said, this is the Spurs we're talking about, with great players, great coaching, and a ton of experience (and home advantage). Plus, there's a psychological edge as the Spurs have had the Warriors number for at least a decade.
It will (if the Warriors hang on and win their series now) be an interesting series of experience vs youth. All, or at least most, Warriors fans have a ton of respect for the Spurs, but we'll be excited to see what this group can do against them. Regardless of the outcome, the Warriors have so much ahead of them, it's just crazy; so exciting to finally have a team that is not only really good now but potentially great and full of really decent people who are fun to root for. Good luck to both teams and may no one get injured.