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I think there is still HEAVY doubt the Mavs are a contender.  They played the Spurs tough...that's great, but they were still the 8 seed.  The one game the Spurs shot the 3 ball well, they blew the doors off the Mavs and didn't look back until a short setback in OKC games 3 & 4.  You can give some credit to Carlisle's D, but the Spurs missed a ton of open looks games 1 thru 6.


You take into account that while the above additions may help them, they also lose their best perimeter defender & Dirk's going to be another year older.  His postseason game saw a pretty big dip last year - Spurs took advantage that he can't/doesn't drive anymore (that's not an exaggeration, he has all but removed this from his game).


Odds are they finish in the 4-8 range depending on whether or not Houston takes a step back, but I think they're just as close to missing the West postseason altogether as they are contending for a title.

3 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Unfortunately for them, Chandler isn't the one man pick & roll wrecker that he was 4 years ago.


On top of that, he is completely reliant on a top passing PG to be even competent as an offensive player (CP3, Kidd)...and the Mavs just traded away the only one they had to get him.

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Not as big a deal as it once was.  So long as he doesn't suffer a major injury playing, Spurs added wing depth (all the more important to resign Patty!) allows Pop to give him back some time during the regular season.  Belinelli had an iffy first playoff run, but he proved more than capable of being able to swallow some of Manu's regular season minutes.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/ginobili-to-play-for-argentina-at-fiba-world-cup-this-summer.html

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I don't know, I'm just not scared of the Ws yet.  I feel like Pop "figured them out" when he moved Green to Curry & Kawhi to Thompson.  And Boris, arguably our best small ball 4, was still getting his feet back under him in that series.  Even when the Spurs lost Game 4, they outplayed GSW - just couldn't hit an open shot to save their lives in the 4th Q.  

Iggy improves their perimeter defense to be sure, but most of their lineups will still have 2-3 guys that you can run the P&R at to get a good look.  The advanced metrics say Golden State wasn't as good as their record last year, so even with Iggy improvement - they may just move from average to good rather than from good to great.  Losing Jack & Landry hurts as well.  Jack made some bonehead plays, but he was a perennial Spurs killer who took pressure off Curry as a ballhandler.  Landry could get overwhelmed by size on occasion, but he's an underrated guy on both ends.

I do think there is something to be said that they were a solid team that went crazy hot from outside for a week in the playoffs rather than a great team that can sustain that level of shooting throughout a series.

Lastly, there is the issue that Steph Curry is one of the most fragile franchise players in the league.  I love to watch the guy play & wish no harm on him, but it seems folly to bank on getting a full season from him in any given year.


1 year ago on Spurs still atop shifting Western Conference, barely

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I'm calling BS.  Maybe the Spurs will take him, but there's no reason to "promise" a senior anything.  You take them if you like them, but they're not pulling out of the draft.

1 year ago on NBA Draft: Spurs to draft guard Erick Green at No. 28?

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"But in the end, Danny Green proved why he's been in and out of the league all the time."

And Boeheim proved why he has never been in the league for a single day.

1 year ago on Boeheim: Green proved why he’s been in and out of league

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Miami is obviously a better than a 32% 3PT shooting team.  However, their season average of almost 40% was not built on the 28% 3PT shooter (Bosh) taking 16% of their 3 PT shots.  Take Bosh's 4 attempts out, and the rest of the Heat hit 38% from outside, almost right at their season average.

Meanwhile, Spurs hit only 30% - with many misses being uncontested.  A big part of that was Leonard (38%) & Neal (36%) combining for just 1 of 9 - something that should improve as series commences.

Very encouraging going forward.

1 year, 1 month ago on Game of runs

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Boris Diaw isn't long?  His wingspan is 6'11 (just an inch shorter than Lebron's).  He's not a shotblocker and he's not a condor like Kawhi Leonard, but he's also got decent length for 6'8 - not alligator arms like Bonner.

1 year, 1 month ago on San Antonio’s Situational Matchup Mess

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Didn't McGrady get the money that would have gone to Duncan?  I don't recall that they had the cap space to sign Hill, Duncan, & TMAC.

1 year, 1 month ago on More than a decade later, Duncan's decision still paying off

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Duncan's been so good for so long, that if you label him a PF, and you only say he's "one of the best" - it's an insult.

1 year, 5 months ago on 2013 All-Star Profiles: Tim Duncan

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 @bertfan Better players argument is bunk.  Younger & more talented?  Sure.

 

But old teams win championships.  This happens time and time and time again.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111

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 @sasamoto On the flip side, they also gave up 16 ORB despite being the best DRB team in the league

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111

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 @anonymous12345  @OKCZombies  Didn't Presti do that already?  i.e. PJ.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111

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 @ThunderBelize  @ironm8  @bertfan  Harden shot 75% too.  Durant went for 30+ on just 17 shots.

 

Great players, but like Parker, had better statistical games than usual.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111

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"Theory: Possibly the reason the Spurs give up the fewest free throws in the league is because they aren’t called for the fouls they commit. I know that sounds sour, but sheesh, they get away with a whole lot of contact."

 

The NBA just chooses not to call fouls on them because they love small market teams in the finals?  Contrary to popular belief, officials can't see every bit of contact that takes place on the floor, and then just choose which to call.  The Spurs have consistently had good defensive positioning & show their hands, which is why they consistently get called for less fouls than other teams.  They still get away with some, but not any more than anybody else (seriously, Perk relies on a lot of no-calls to get his regular minutes).  

 

Anyhow, once taking hack-a-splitter into account, Thunder went +11 from the stripe ON THE ROAD, can't ask for more than that from zebras.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111

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@rahathuq The conflict of interest is inherently in the NBA running a team. That the "owners" of the dealing team (which was crap) talking Stern into nixing it - that could happen at any organization.

2 years, 5 months ago on NBA Commissioner David Stern on the nixed Chris Paul-Pau Gasol trade

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