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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.
22 hours, 54 minutes 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.
4 days, 23 hours 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 week, 1 day 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 week, 2 days 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 week, 3 days 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 week, 4 days 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 week, 5 days 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
2 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 3 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 6 days 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.
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.
3 weeks, 2 days 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.
3 weeks, 3 days 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.
3 weeks, 3 days 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.
3 weeks, 4 days 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.
3 weeks, 5 days 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?
3 weeks, 5 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days 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.
4 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.
4 weeks, 1 day 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 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/anderson-shines-offensively-in-spurs-overtime-preseason-loss-to-heat.html
@imwithstupid Not to mention the recovery time for having been overseas. Pop has been vocal in so far as his concerns about motivation after a championship. Its the guys that haven't won a championship before that need to be shaken out of their complacency and get the reality check that it is a new season and that nothing from last year is relevant to what has to be done this year.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/suns-owner-sarver-stands-by-apology-offer.html
This guy has a a real disconnect with what pre-season basketball or any other sport is. The Spurs don't begin to use something that resembles an actual rotation until near the end of pre-season and that's only if a player is 100% healthy.
After Danny Green and Cory Joseph, I thought that the best perimeter and transition defender that the Spurs took to Phoenix was JaMychal Green but he saw no playing time until garbage time. Aron Baynes may have been the one bright spot for the Spurs. Its understandable that not all Spurs can read the floor and make crisp unexpected passes but if you don't possess that talent, then your talent should be to be ready and able to receive those passes and do something with them. That's why I don't understand why the Spurs still have Ayres who seems to have neither talent.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/preseason-observations-spurs-fall-to-suns.html
Sarver is correct. I am disappointed that JaMychal Green and Bryce Cotton didn't get more minutes. I feel slighted.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/suns-too-hot-for-spurs-in-phoenix.html
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/continuity-can-come-with-a-price-as-told-by-terry-stotts.html
Not too many teams that play at a faster pace than Phoenix. It could be a wake up call as to just who is a defensive perimeter liability amongst the young Spurs and wannabees. This game could be well suited to JaMychal Green.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/preseason-experience-opportunities-for-young-spurs-players-vs-suns.html
As opponents go, I don't put nearly as much weight on last years performance as either of you. I still see 10 or so wild cards in the West and I'm not ready to count any of them out. Off season acquisitions may seem suttle on the surface but so have the Spurs acquisitions over the years not to mention another season of team chemistry and play execution.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-roundtable-defending-champs-kick-off-preseason-action-video.html
Nice to see a Spurs invitee go out on a positive note.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-camp-invitee-holland-to-sign-with-besiktas.html
Very clever title.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-offer-diaw-more-money-for-less-diaw.html
Probably a good wake up call for the Spurs but definitely a big boost for this German franchise and international basketball in general. I think we all know that it wouldn't likely happen again very often but it DID happen and they will always have that memory.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/alba-berlin-selling-t-shirts-commemorating-win-over-spurs.html
@JohnAbney ...and it was the Spurs defense that hurt them in the first few years of perfecting their offense. The offensive learning curve is distracting to the defense until it is perfected and then comes the concentration on defense that the Spurs have finally mastered.....or at least it seems to me that that is the way it went. Bottom line, it takes a great deal of time to master both and come up with a balance.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/cavaliers-run-spurs-like-offense-but-mastery-could-be-ultimate-test.html
It will take awhile for the rest of the League to catch up but the Spurs have changed the way the NBA game will be played in the future. With all the hoopla surrounding Cleveland players, I thought all along that the acquisition of David Blatt was the true fundamental change that took place and got lost in the Lebron James/Kevin Love hype.
It wasn't but a few years ago that the Spurs had to choose amongst a glut of 6'-6" shooting guards and wings. Now Its a glut of tall skinny guys.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-scouting-davis-bertans.html
It won't be surprising if Diaw tweaks something early on either. It could be a good opportunity to separate out the wheat from the chaff in the pre-season frontcourt bench.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/splitter-sidelined-with-right-leg-injury.html
I don't get the "Rookie" comment. I guess they are referring to the fact that most Spurs rookies never really get a chance to crack the line up or end up overseas.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/training-camp-day-1-green-on-new-number-joseph-to-be-backup-point-guard-andersons-opening-day.html