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@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.
16 hours, 58 minutes 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.
4 days, 9 hours 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".
4 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/is-it-time-for-popovich-to-end-rest-gate.html
" 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
6 days, 10 hours 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.
6 days, 18 hours 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 3 days 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?
2 weeks, 5 days 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.
2 weeks, 6 days 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.
3 weeks, 5 days 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?
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
4 weeks, 1 day 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.
1 month 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 1 week 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?
1 month, 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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 2 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.
1 month, 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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/nba-legends-show-their-respect-for-the-spurs.html
I don't have any problem with Barkley's pick. He hates doing it and only does it because it is part of his job to do so. He knows that he is not good at predictions. He does state that its only on paper and even Charles knows that what's on paper doesn't always prove out.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/charles-barkley-thinks-mavs-are-best-in-the-west-doesnt-think-spurs-will-repeat.html
Great and surprising win under any circumstances and chalk 1 not-so-important-win to the Spurs system no matter what players suit up. Its an up event in a long 82 game roller coaster ride. Great way to start the season and it got Manu back on track. I enjoyed watching Cuban's face when TNT panned in on him. A Parsons max contract is still ??????? until proven otherwise and Kawhi wasn't even dressed to challenge him.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-victory-spurs-defeat-mavericks-on-ring-night-season-opener.html
A worthy pick for the Austin Spurs. Should see some 10 day contracts when Parker or Joseph are sidelined.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-cotton-to-sign-with-austin-spurs.html
I think I understand what you are saying. Duncan and Ginobili are not likely to be as good as last season so the "x-factor" becomes can the rest of the team balance that out with improved performance?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/season-preview-who-is-san-antonios-x-factor.html
I want some of what you're smokin'. On second thought..... maybe not as what goes up must come down. What I will be doing is watching a lot of Spurs games knowing that their ultimate goal is to be playing to perfection and healthy by playoff time no matter how the roller coaster ride goes.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/so-just-how-good-will-the-2014-2015-spurs-be.html
@SJROB300 @JeffGarciaPS You were reading my mind.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/mavs-looking-to-make-a-statement-against-spurs-on-opening-night.html
One has to trust that Pop made an educated choice. It may have been his plan all along and he just wanted to motivate the end of his bench (all with contracts already) to improve. I think JaMychal Green's game has improved to the point where he might get signed somewhere better than the Austin Spurs. The roster is set. Now comes adjusting to altered rotations due to injury and new twists on plays that Messina introduces as already mentioned by Pop.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-waive-jamychal-green-edwin-roster-set-at-15.html
Unless the Spurs intend to test and waive more players by October 28. Either way, I'm sad to see JaMychal Green go as he was a spark plug and without Patty Mills and with Manu too far into his final seasons, the Spurs have no spark plug until Patty returns.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-sign-fuquan-edwin-robert-vaden.html
So what are these? 10 day contracts until Kawhi and Tiago return or are the Spurs not satisfied or convinced with the end of their bench? Either way it is an interesting event. How can these 2 be signed unless the Spurs intend to cut back to 13?
I guess they are hanging on to JaMychal Green for the Houston game with Kawhi out. It will be a shame when he goes. He was the Spurs spark plug off the bench with Patty Mills out and Manu in no condition to repeat his old role.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
It was a refreshing poll. Intelligent questions and intelligent answers. I guess the only big surprise was that none picked Dallas as a threat in the SW division but 3% picked Houston. No fan is going to agree 100% with all of it but overall it wasn't half bad.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/nba-gms-pick-spurs-to-repeat-in-annual-survey.html
@jojo707 Sorry, but the guy has physical gifts that most people on the planet were not born with. He is either a moron or a head case or both.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-bc-zepter-vienna-parts-ways-with-ryan-richards.html
As much as Kyle Anderson is improving offensively, I think that he will always get beaten off the dribble defensively and be a defensive liability in that respect simply because he is not physically built to be otherwise. The best he can do is to learn some eye contact anticipation and a little foot work.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/anderson-shines-offensively-in-spurs-overtime-preseason-loss-to-heat.html