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Hate to ruin everyone's celebration, but let's be sober and realistic. That was one game. This team has to prove that it can be that dominant over several games, over several series, over the top teams. And stay healthy. And prove that its bench is better than opposing benches.
The jury is still very out.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Spurs Can’t Play Against Elite Teams: Myth Busted?
A very satisfying beatdown by Los Spurs. Now the question is whether this team, as is, can sustain that kind of intensity over several playoff series, and stay healthy enough to do it. The third quarter sag offered plenty of room for improvement. That is the kind of lapse, and worse, that cost them last season. Kawhi tossed up some bricks.
It is great to see Patty Mills emerge as a major shot maker, and I sincerely hope they find a way to sign him to a longer deal (they can lose CoJo). Austin Daye's garbage time shots suggest that he is a very confident shooter, who deserves a chance.
2 days, 8 hours ago on Inside the victory: Spurs 111, Heat 87
On nights like last night, with Green going off, Kawhi solid, and everyone contributing, Pop is all the more content to do nothing: hope and mirrors. Problem is, Green is not consistent. He hasn't added much to his game creating his own shot, etc. The target remains the freaking Heat, and how to beat that kind of depth AND LeB. SA is deep body-wise, but quailty of that depth is the question.
3 days, 19 hours ago on The Buyout Market: Best of the Rest
What a sorry list. Of these (not counting the 10-dayers), only Brewer and Metta, or Howard, and none are exciting. Now having lost out on the opportunity to sign anyone of quality, the team still lacks toughness, an experienced defensive presence to stop the likes of LebJ, Durant. Metta is way past his prime, but he can still bully guys and foul out. Forget DeShaun, Fells, etc.
4 days, 13 hours ago on The Buyout Market: Best of the Rest
I do think they needed to add at least one quality starter. Actually, they should have done much better than they did in the offseason. Now it's too late. This is what Pop wanted: one last stand with the same old guys. I say there's no more time.
Those who have confidence that the aging core can do it again, one year older and more injured, and that they are (somehow) "better than we were last year" (Mills has improved, but Green is not, Kawhi is about the same and hurt, Ayres adds nothing, Splitter has regressed, Beli+Manu together=part of what Manu used to be alone) are backing a huge gamble that has not proven to be true this season. They have failed to dominate the top teams, which should be the only goal. The Heat, the Pacers, the Thunder, the Warriors, Clips---loaded with talent.
5 days, 8 hours ago on Granger passing on Spurs is blessing in disguise
Let's face it, the Spurs simply do not have the kind of "street cred" that attracts top tier talents who want to play as if every game is the All-Star Weekend. A hard working, quiet, disciplined, Euro-oriented unit with a coach breathing down your neck? If anything, the rest of the NBA respects but dislikes SA, wants them to lose, because they are the most unspectacular exception to the scene.
1 week, 1 day ago on Report: Butler to sign with Thunder
What on earth would Jamison provide? For any team? He is neither a defender nor a scorer, and over the hill. A "veteran presence" on the bench, that's it. Better off with nobody than a waste of bench space.
1 week, 1 day ago on Granger passing on Spurs is blessing in disguise
If they manage to sign Metta, it would be a consolation prize. The problem is, he does not have a lot left in the tank. He isn't the defensive stopper he used to be. They would benefit from his toughness, however.
Not a blessing, nor a disguise. Star and near-star talent pass on SA because 1. they want a ring, and don't believe that the Spurs will be in the Finals 2. they don't like the system 3. they want minutes, Sports Center, and $. 4. Durant, LeB, Blake Griffin are more fun to hang with than the likes of Ayres and Splitter.
An old, injured core---that WILL be gimpy down the stretch. Not enough off the bench vs. loaded competitors. All problems.
Kawhi isn't to the point where he can take over games, and they need that kind of difference maker. And about two more.
Nothing is more frustrating than watching every major talent pass on SA. It isn't the small market---OKC is not a big city either. They don't want to play in the system that restricts their game. They don't want Pop disciplining them. They want to be paid more than PATFO seems willing to pay.
Clark, Granger or Butler could have been difference makers.
Spurs fans are wishfully thinking that they will return to the Finals with what they have: an old core that is often injured, overpaid role guys who don't step up enough. But this is it. They now face even more loaded competitors on young, athletic teams that do attract stars.