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Cory was never known for racking up assists. The same was true at the beginning of the season. Now I would not be surprised if he is leading the team in assists per minute played.
10 hours, 51 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/cory-joseph-figures-it-out.html
If Pop tells him that he is the best Blazer ever, will that free him up to come to San Antonio?
2 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/report-spurs-could-be-interested-in-lamarcus-aldridge-this-summer.html
I'm glad he is getting a shot and I think it is an upgrade but he is still the 15th man as Pop stated. Not expecting any "drool" anytime soon, just some decent play when needed once he is over the butterflies. Against a good NBA defense, you won't see many 31 point games out of him but he might turn out to be a solid backup.
5 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/watch-jamychal-greens-31-point-explosion-vs-reno.html
@jojo707 More likely someone of more value to the Spurs than JaMychal Green would have to get waived before the deadline and then that waived player would have to choose the Spurs out of 12 or so teams contending for the playoffs. An extreme long shot.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Difficult to say what Kirilenko has left in the tank but I would imagine that he would already be a Spur if they had any interest in him. As to the others, I can't recall the Spurs ever trading away rotation players mid-season. Seems highly unlikely at this point.
I hope his D-League experience and hard work translate to the Spurs system in the NBA. He has 10 days to prove it before the Spurs continue their search for a backup to Kawhi that's a fit in the rotations. Pop has to see through the jitters and mistakes he has early on, that there is a guy here who makes life miserable for opposing second units.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/could-the-spurs-be-signing-jamychal-green.html
@Faux_Schlmoe @PaulGarciaPS Possibly what the Spurs are delaying for. They have a history of trying to find a place for players to go rather than just waiving them.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/leonard-upgraded-to-probable-vs-blazers-spurs-have-interest-in-jamchal-green.html
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the whole thing is a small forward issue. Without Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs have no legit veteran or mature small forwards. It's time to bring up JaMychal Green or use the MLE on a veteran but time is running out for any acquisition candidate to grasp and feel comfortable with the Spurs system before the playoffs. Austin Daye was a 1-game-wonder as per usual. I don't dislike the kid, I just don't find him to be consistent enough to be of value to the Spurs on a nightly basis. Pop gave him a shot tonight after a fabulous performance against Minnesota but, once again, that was against Minnesota and not a potential contender.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-93-wizards-101.html
Houston's seeding position is probably a realistic target to shoot for. GS and Portland are too young and healthy to fall by much unless injuries occur.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/3-observations-mills-joseph-spurs-improving-defense-january-schedule.html
I can understand Pop's rewarding of the team by bringing back the entire roster but I have been a fan of JaMychal Green since the off season and during Kawhi Leonard's absence, Pop has not had the confidence in Austin Daye to use him even going so far as to use Kyle Anderson instead. Daye is not a rookie. Green does not have lateral quickness so he is not a defensive asset on the perimeter but he is an aggressive spark otherwise and sometimes that's better than talent. From the highlight reel, he seems to have worked on his perimeter shooting which was another one of his weaknesses. Nothing seems to have hurt the Spurs more than not having a backup to Kawhi.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/austin-spurs-jamychal-green-earns-d-league-player-of-the-month-for-december.html
I still see Marco as being a year away from being a true contributor. He needs to work at finishing at the rim or near the rim which used to be Danny Green's problem until he spent the summer working on it.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/belinelli-will-have-a-busy-year-in-2015.html
Nice write up.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/mills-returns-spurs-ground-rockets-to-end-skid.html
Weird game. Joseph and Splitter played smarter and more intensely than Parker and Duncan.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-106-thunder-114.html
@DapimpOfdayear True but how many Spurs on the floor last night are used to closing out games or being part of the plays Pop designs to close out games? The same was not true for Carlisle and his Mavs.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/ellis-fuels-mavs-past-depleted-spurs.html
@jaws3 Agreed but on the bright side when the playoffs role around, Baynes and Anderson may have enough experience to be valuable.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/is-it-time-for-popovich-to-end-rest-gate.html
@ATTCenterMosaic @andersonstevem A lot of factors go into an 82 game regular season. I can think 82 to begin with. 83 might be luck. Last year the Spurs had a lot of good fortune. This year, not so much. 84 might be that every team in the NBA is up for playing the Champs every game. That didn't happen last year either. Now when Duncan is not in "restgate" he is usually playing in excess of 30 minutes. That didn't need to happen last year either. I don't get it. Which is the awesome part?
So the Spurs are off to their worst start since 2011-2012. Well that's going way back. Maybe the Spurs don't get top seed for the playoffs but as each Spur and each Spurs coach tell us year after year, the prime goal is to be healthy and playing at their peak when the playoffs start and top seed is nice but not primary. Each season comes with a unique set of circumstances including injuries and when and if they occur. This season is no different in that respect and Pop is handling the unique circumstances uniquely. Some of the worst quarters played by the Spurs this season came with the big 3 on the court. Its not all about "Restgate".
" That alone proves that the Silver and Black can still get things done despite recent woes." Specific regular season games against any specific team prove nothing. That was proven last season.
I can think of 5 things I won't be watching for:
and very many minutes from Tiago Splitter
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/5-things-to-watch-spurs-vs-blazers-2.html
To quote Henry Kissinger: "The best revenge is living well". That's the difference between Russell Westbrook and the Spurs. When the Spurs lost to Miami 2 seasons ago in the finals, revenge was not on their minds. What was on their minds was atoning for their own mistakes and collectively getting better.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-westbrook-says-thunder-looking-for-revenge-on-christmas-day-vs-spurs.html
@JimmyWarrior1 @PaulGarciaPS I don't even see him as a worthy replacement for any Spurs guards unless one goes down with injury. Much of what the Spurs do comes from understanding the system.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-allen-narrows-list-to-spurs-wizards-bulls-cavailiers-warriors.html
It sounds like the usual BS. He is not likely to make his decision this early and even if he does, it's not likely that he telegraphs it.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-win-spurs-109-knicks-95.html
I find this to be a great idea! It's all about time zones. The eastern teams are only 1 time zone away while the west coast teams are 2 annoying time zones away. Who wants to stay up until 12:30 am when you have to get up for work or chores the next day? You say it's a bad idea but you don't say why. Why?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/mark-cuban-has-had-some-good-ideas-this-is-not-one-of-them.html
It is what it is. Last season, Portland, Memphis, Dallas, OKC and New Orleans struggled with health issues. This year its the Spurs and OKC. Just be healthy and in sync by playoff time with a decent seeding and that's all anyone can hope for. Its been a while since we've seen Golden State at 100% also.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-having-easy-time-but-face-trouble-ahead.html
Why would Gasol leave the Grizz? Their team is finally coming together. Its the perfect time to stay in Memphis.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/memphis-gm-wallace-says-marc-gasol-isnt-going-anywhere.html
When he was sent to Austin, I didn't comment because I didn't know why but it seems that there were a plethora of experts here who knew and since they were talking like experts with inside info, I didn't question their comments. Is it safe to say now that the Spurs sent him to Austin to get him warmed up?
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-kyle-anderson-has-a-great-game-for-austin-spurs.html
I would imagine any Spurs interest at this point would be as insurance if a guard goes down by trade deadline. Allen's defense has slowed to a crawl. As to Daye, I agree with your opinion, he has not made the most of this opportunity. Also he camps out on the perimeter on offense and does very little movement without the ball. Would the Spurs replace Daye with Allen? I doubt it. Allen is likely a possible option if a guard goes down. Could Daye possibly be replaced with a forward? Maybe.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/monday-notes-anderson-recalled-from-austin-spurs-still-interested-in-allen.html
I like the Cory Joseph stat but anything they did against a depleted OKC team isn't saying much.
I'll be looking for 3 things:
Belinelli to find his groove and give the other guards some much needed rest.
Cory Joseph to continue his progress.
The bigs not named Duncan, Diaw or Splitter to continue to get game experience and improve.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/5-things-to-watch-spurs-vs-nets-2.html
R C goes after every worthwhile free agent. So does every GM. If you post every Spurs acquisition rumor between now and the summer deadline you will have lots to write about and nothing worth reading.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-to-replace-duncan-with-marc-gasol.html
The Tim Duncan stat is interesting but no way Pop keeps him on the court for 20 points with a back to back.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/5-things-to-watch-spurs-vs-lakers-4.html
I AM impressed. This guy plays both ends and skies like Kawhi. Very impressive defense with an outside shot to boot.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-adam-hanga-latest-game-highlights-are-awesome.html
Apparently his defense was not worthy of footage. It might be like having 2 Austin Dayes.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-davis-bertans-puts-on-a-show-in-recent-game-for-laboral-kutxa.html
Best performance I can remember from Cory Joseph. The fact that he is finally racking up assists is the tale of the tape as far as his ability to run the offense.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-win-spurs-113-warriors-100.html
If Tiago Splitter's disc condition turns out to be one that never can be fixed or rehabbed, then there are big problems for the Spurs.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/whats-wrong-with-the-san-antonio-spurs.html
Five things to watch:
Splitter doesn't have a permanent back injury leading to calf tightness.
Cory Joseph begins to get assists as the offensive comes together.
Aron Baynes learns from his mistakes on offense and defense.
Kawhi finds his game.
Someone comes off the bench subbing for Kawhi and has better than a D-League game.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/5-things-to-watch-spurs-vs-pelicans-3.html
Is Corey Joseph ever going to have an assist?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/recap-rockets-blast-off-on-depleted-spurs.html
Good defense, shots didn't go down, offense was out of sync. All the early things I'd expect from a depleted Spurs team. It should slowly improve.
He also mentions 2 Clippers. Johnson's enterprises are heavily invested in Los Angeles. That's his reality.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-win-spurs-94-hawks-92.html
The Splitter situation is not good, Doctors are puzzled by the pain he gets in his calf and are contemplating whether it is back-related and not actually something to do with his calf.
The bad news is that he is injured. The good news is that it is early in the season , has time to recover and shows signs of a greater commitment to defense.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/belinelli-suffers-groin-injury-vs-hawks.html
@sierran52 @PaulGarciaPS Should be real rusty. He gets winded easily even when he's in shape.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/splitter-to-start-against-hawks-mills-expected-back-in-january.html
I don't recall every seeing an NBA game tip off at 7:30.
Of those 5 mentioned, only the 3 point shooting interests me. The Spurs will have to defend the perimeter. The rest are an historical accumulation of past facts that aren't relevant to the task at hand. More so, I will be observing Kawhi and Tiago's integration back into the rotation and how it affects them and the performance of their teammates on the floor with them. Also I will be looking (hoping) for smarter defense from everyone as Coach Bud trains his players to take advantage of defensive lapses just as Pop trains the Spurs.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/5-things-to-watch-spurs-vs-hawks-2014.html
The Spurs need defensive paint protectors. I don't know what he is good at.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-erazem-lorbek-hoping-to-join-the-spurs.html
Bulls, Jazz, Cavs and Celtics all passed him off. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. He shoots with both hands, blocks shots and makes passes in the Summer League video and he hits from the outside. I wonder what's wrong with his game.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/austin-spurs-select-forwards-erik-murphy-cory-dixon-2014-15-nba-d-league-draft.html
Whether or not teams make decisions as to pre-season matchups still is not an argument. The same risks apply with no guarantees and if this was his concern, then he should have checked the Spurs schedule leading up to the game before pulling the trigger.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/suns-owner-sarver-stands-by-his-criticism-of-spurs-popovich.html
The old Red Aurerbach Celtics players understand full well what the Spurs are doing as they were so similar. I would imagine, that just like advice from the Iceman to the current Spurs, Rondo is hearing it from the old guard Celtics in Boston and paying attention.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/celtics-rondo-looks-to-tony-parkers-impact-with-the-spurs-as-motivation.html
The best tribute to the Spurs I ever read.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/nba-legends-show-their-respect-for-the-spurs.html