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16 hours, 29 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/no-spurs-were-named-as-starters-for-2015-nba-all-star-game.html

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This game exemplified all of the worst, the problems obvious. The Big Three just can't do it on certain nights anymore. Splitter and Diaw played poorly. And these alone, ladies and gentlemen, is enough. Enough to imperil the team's hope of returning to the finals. 


Kawhi played well. The others, Mills, etc. okay but not great. 


This is the 2015 Spurs. Kawhi, and everyone else. What can be done? Nothing this season. If they manage to survive the regular season, they will be hoping the Three have another of nine lives.

2 days, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-81-bulls-104.html

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This nice win streak is about Kawhi. Clearly he makes everything go, or go much better. I would like to see them maintain this kind of winning without having to rely on any one guy. Not even Kawhi.



4 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-win-spurs-109-nuggets-99.html

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Promising upgrade. Better than Daye at least, who did his best. This team is in need of athletic bigs. The kind of other teams have, who can take it to the rack and sky for rebounds, etc. and defend bigs who can do those things, who abused the Spurs in the pain (A. Davis, Drummond, etc.). 

1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/could-the-spurs-be-signing-jamychal-green.html

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Kawhi makes everyone and everything better, no doubt. But no one player should be relied upon. To win---dominate---even minus one or two guys speaks to depth, which I remain concerned about. They have to sit the old guys on BABAs. Someone will be gimpy. Etc. Other teams don't face the unique challenges that this one does.

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-win-spurs-110-blazers-96.html

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I see Green as an upgrade over both/either Daye or Ayres, or Dayres. Daye has had plenty of opportunity already to prove himself. Time's up. Ayres is just, well, Ayres. The problem is that interior D is a issue, PATFO is not moving Ayres, who is at least a body.

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

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They need every win they can get. This one was another struggle. Manu, who I thought was not playing, did. That Daye and Bonner are getting significant minutes doesn't speak well for their depth. 

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-win-spurs-98-hornets-93.html

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Age and injuries. Injuries and age. One or the other is why they have to keep resting guys. They are missing guys AND resting guys. No Beli or Manu tonight, for instance. How or when will any of this change, even when Kawhi is back? They'll still have to rest the old Three. So how are they supposed to ever get continuity? The rest of the NBA is not slowing down, teams like the Warriors keep winning. Nobody is waiting for the Spurs to decide to come back to life. 


I would be less concerned if they at least knocked off the weaker teams. Not this season.

1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/5-things-to-watch-spurs-vs-hornets.html

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The brutal December schedule. Guys hurt. Not having everyone together. Etc. Are these reasons becoming tiresome? It's mid-January. They are losing consistently  to inferior teams. Kawhi may be out but most of the team is back, and, I'm sorry to point out, these are veterans who have played together for a long time and should know how to beat teams like the Wizards.


Tonight's inexcusable loss was about the perennial problems: age, lack of athleticism/being unable to match youth and athleticism, and lack of quality depth. They have gotten away with this prior to this season. Now it's coming to a head. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-93-wizards-101.html

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Interesting how perceptions change. Mills is seen as a great defender. It wasn't long ago that he was considered more of a defensive liability. But he has improved his D, and is a sparkplug on both ends.  It seems that Pop is having to mix and match disparate pieces to get production. That is what happens when your roster is comprised of many role players, fewer all-around talents, and not many that can carry the load. 


I am still very concerned with positions other than guard (where there is at least some depth). At big, Tim is old, Splitter's defense has regressed. Red Rocket shouldn't even be used as a big, but there he is. This is an increasingly urgent issue vs. opponents with athletic young bigs and forwards. 

1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/3-observations-mills-joseph-spurs-improving-defense-january-schedule.html

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A win is a win, but what an ugly third quarter. Very odd lineups, but it is good to see others besides the Three stepping up. My concern remains depth for the rest of the season, especially when facing the top teams. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-win-spurs-100-suns-95.html

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Here's a heretical thought: was last season more of an aberration than the norm? Splitter, Diaw, Marco have regressed, especially Splitter, who is super soft right now, getting dunked on. The Three are a year older, and hurt, and less consistent. Green is back to icy hot. Kawhi can come back 100%, but everyone else, individually and collectively, must somehow find a much higher gear. Immediately. 


Last season they were at least able to beat weak teams during bad stretches. Not this season.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/with-struggles-on-defense-and-rebounding-spurs-must-survive-until-leonards-return.html

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It's not just soft wing defense. The interior and rim defense were bad last night as well. What's with the Drummond alley-oop dunks? And there were other dunks. I see opposing teams taking advantage with athleticism, which can often trump system, if the system isn't working well on a given night. 


Bottom line, there is a lot to address. Relying on the same things as the last couple of seasons, hoping for more internal development from the bench, and praying for the core not to regress, is a formula with little room for error.


My concern is that by the time they get in gear, and they probably will at some point, the playoffs will be out of reach. Even within the division, there is a logjam of teams with hot records that aren't cooling down. 



2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/with-struggles-on-defense-and-rebounding-spurs-must-survive-until-leonards-return.html

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As important as he is, Kawhi is one guy. The problem is collective. The team is playing poorly. The Three are old, hurt, and not as reliable. The rest have been inconsistent.  


Some decisions made in the past, the risk involved with certain choices, are coming back to bite them, now that they need guys to step up and carry the team. Everyone knows Marco is a liability on D, and Kyle Anderson is a rookie with many flaws. 


The way things are going, especially in the West with teams with runaway records, will this team even make the playoffs? 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/with-struggles-on-defense-and-rebounding-spurs-must-survive-until-leonards-return.html

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This painful loss, to the Pistons, the PISTONS, has been too typical of this season, which is fast slipping out of reach. 


And it is not just the absence of Leonard.  Mills is back, Splitter is back. With Kawhi in the lineup tonight, they probably would have still fumbled it, because everyone else played poorly---while opponents are treating every game against the Spurs as the last game of a Finals. Pop's lineups didn't make much sense, besides having to spell tired Tim and still gimpy Parker. 


There do not seem to be clear answers. Relying on Tim, Manu and Parker to play at championship intensity every night has become a gamble. They do not have the luxury of having younger heirs apparent capable of carrying things when they just can't.


2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/final-spurs-104-pistons-105-postgame-podcast.html

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A great display of grit. And much needed luck. 


But with Kawhi out indefinitely, and Parker also out for quite a while, can these guys hold up? It's asking a lot of Tim and Manu, who must be beat. Nice to have Mills back, but I still think they need reinforcements, at least to replace the couple of non-factors.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-win-spurs-95-pelicans-93.html

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I am seriously concerned about this season. The competition is just stockpiling Ws while Spurs can't get anything right. Will the playoffs be out of reach by the time Rodeo comes around? (and there's no guarantee they'll go on a streak then, either).  A tired and injured core. Not enough quality depth to make up for it.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-87-grizzlies-95.html

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Mills has that hard to define spark. So good to have him back.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/mills-returns-spurs-ground-rockets-to-end-skid.html

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I run the risk of sacrilege but as a long time loyal Spurs watcher,  I'll say it: even with everyone healthy, would this team's record be that much better than it is? The injuries are obvious problems, but the competition has simply improved. 


The Spurs went into this season the same way they do every season, insisting on making no changes with a core that is yet another year older, and not even a minor infusion of younger talent to offset the aging Three, Diaw a year older and slower, etc. Sure they won it all, but repeating without making any significant improvements or additions, and still depending on the Three to carry? Not good. Kawhi can't do it alone. Kyle Anderson is a non-factor. Daye? Ayres? Not good. The competition has loaded up, and they have improved.


I am not confident that they will simply turn it on during Rodeo and be back. They need reinforcements.


4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-90-pelicans-97.html

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I would have preferred Rashard Lewis to Bonner. Lewis can do the same things, but has some skills that Matt will never have. Does PATFO really think Bonner is irreplaceable?? 

And they need a center type to spell Duncan and Splitter.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-free-agent-options-for-remaining-roster-spaces.html

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Should they have gone after Rashard Lewis instead?

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014freeagency/bonner-to-re-sign-with-spurs.html

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This is very disappointing. Daye seems to have regressed. Ayres is no better. Neither of them look capable of holding down the fort if, heaven forbid, we lose one of the bigs to injury. And (sigh) they bring Bonner back.

Thomas is a limited shooter with limited athletic ability. Anderson is going to be an interesting facilitator, but has a long way to go. I want to see Cotton explode, hasn't happened yet.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Not sure how I feel about this. Could they have done better? Veteran miniumum, yes, but every buck counts and there are few roster spots left.

They still need a backup SF and I think a backup big or stretch 4. Another great veteran shooter is something I had hoped for, but now it looks like a luxury that they will address with existing options.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014freeagency/bonner-to-re-sign-with-spurs.html

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Until he shows that he can play good D, Deshaun Thomas isn't  a good option.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-free-agent-options-for-remaining-roster-spaces.html

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Very disappointing seeing the tantalizing dream of a Duncan-Gasol twin towers go up in smoke.  But I am not going to give up on it. They need another big to spell Tim. And I remain skeptical about Splitter.

Bonner. We spent most of the season mulling over getting rid of him in any number of ways. Now he's a "quality piece"?  Can't we do better?  Austin Daye maybe. Rashard Lewis probably.

Ayres. He has shown virtually nothing besides not being too useful.

Baynes, on the other hand, showed great improvement, and deserves consideration. Unless, again, there is someone better.

They seem to be at that uncomfortable place again. Prices went up too high, had to resign existing guys. Not enough money to sign anyone new who is a difference maker.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-free-agent-options-for-remaining-roster-spaces.html

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Bringing back Baynes makes sense, although an upgrade would be better.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-gasol-close-to-choosing-bulls.html

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This is deeply disappointing. I have spent the last 24 hours(pipe)  dreaming about how unstoppable a Duncan-Gasol-Splitter-Diaw front line could be. And actually letting myself believe it was possible.

It ain't completely over. So I will say again: Pau, do what is right. You have enough money. Play ball the way you know you like to play, with guys who know how to play it, in SA.

If he fails to do what is right for his basketball best interests, I still think it would be good idea to find a legit backup big to spell Duncan.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-gasol-close-to-choosing-bulls.html

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Dear Pau,

In addition to Tony Parker's dinners and wine, San Antonio's weather is vastly superior to Chicago's, unless you like your nuts freezing off in the winter. The fans and people are nicer. And oh by the way, you will enjoy playing with these guys much more than with the Bulls. And by the way, you will be more likely to win a championship.

DO IT PAU!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-gasol-narrows-choice-down-to-spurs-bulls.html

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Maybe Pop and Tony offer a max contract's worth of dinner and wine on top of the MLE.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/parker-has-spoken-to-gasol-about-playing-with-spurs.html

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Please, Tony. Offer him many more dinners and much more wine.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/parker-has-spoken-to-gasol-about-playing-with-spurs.html

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I sincerely hope he does not wind up at OKC.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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More interested in scoring titles? Hm. I guess this means Melo won't come calling.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/r-c-buford-lists-his-non-negotiable-deal-breakers-when-looking-at-potential-spurs-players.html

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I get the point, and agree to some extent. However, the definitions of Big (name number here) needs to be refined. First of all, it depends on who the individuals are.

Really, the NBA has always been a Big One league, if that One is Jordan, Kobe, LeBron. It still is, as we are hilariously see every offseason, including this one. This ridiculous carnival over Carmelo and LeBron, etc. And then, we move into Big Two, Three, Four, and what team with huge $ can't resist loading up on all-stars---if the chemistry works.

The Spurs have been one of the most successful Big Three teams of all time. The difference is the personalities of each of Tim, Tony, Manu (and Kawhi makes Four), as well as the system that is about team. If by chance they nab Gasol, they are Big Five. But a Spurs type Big Five.

The league will ape this formula if more of the PATFO staffers take over other organizations, but for now, it is hard to replicate bottom up.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/the-league-isnt-adapting-to-the-spurs.html

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Pau is a very natural fit for the Spurs, and I sincerely hope he considers all the points here.

The longer term benefit for all parties is that Duncan will not be around forever. Pau can replace him down the road, quite seamlessly.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/why-the-spurs-are-pau-gasols-best-option.html

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Iverson type explosiveness and Avery Johnson leadership potential. I like his chances.  

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-sign-bryce-cotton.html

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Excellent update. With Mills and Diaw taken care of, I would like to see quality depth picks and, if possible, the addition of even more playmaking, in case anyone on the roster regresses or gets hurt, and to really scare the opposition.

Gasol, obviously, would seal the deal as an option at both 4 and 5. I remain a bit skeptical about aspects of Splitter, even now, and have no confidence in Ayres.

Another guard or wing who can shoot the lights out would make them completely unstoppable.

Here's to that.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-free-agent-options-for-remaining-roster-spaces.html

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Surprised that they didn't consider Sefalosha, who just signed with the Hawks.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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Diaw must be pursued for continuity and team chemistry. That said, Williams' position flexibility must be intriguing to PATFO. He can play both stretch 4 and backup Kawhi. Not as good a passer as Diaw (who is?), but a better shooter and makes plays at the rim.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-talking-with-marvin-williams.html

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Mills back at around $4m per year is not cheap, but glad he will be back. I think he proved over the season that his game as evolved to the point that he is a genuine threat. Looks like this settles PG, with CoJo getting plenty of minutes until Mills is back. And maybe Anderson doing some point forward stuff.

SG. I am optimistic about Cotton, like Daniels, possibly the best pure shooter mentioned (imagine the kind of lights out shooting they'd have with Mills-Daniels-Green).

Now the same question on Diaw: are we looking at the Diaw who was instrumental in the playoffs and finals, or the less effective version from before that? The backup options Gasol, Lewis, McBob are each good. Would they master the system?

I think Daye is capable of some good production.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/

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I somehow doubt he will wind up here. We know too well that in bidding wars, these guys go towards the bling to ride with LeBron.

I expect KA, once he proves he's NBA worthy, will be moved around depending entirely on the matchup.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-interested-in-caron-butler-2.html

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CoJo is reliable, can unspectacularly manage the point, but he isn't a scorer. Mills, Bryce, guys they're looking at like Daniels, etc. are offensive threats that CoJo isn't.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/coud-mills-injury-provide-spotlight-for-cory-joseph.html

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Looks like the fracture is the fibula near the ankle. Good news is that this forces Manu to rest instead of going nuts all summer.

Was it The Dunk that did it?

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-ginobili-has-stress-fracture-in-right-leg.html

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Agree with Grimlock. Cotton has the potential to surpass CoJo. Excellent offensive talent, some Westbrookish athleticism. Undrafted because he is just an inch shorter than most?

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/source-bryce-cotton-signs-two-year-deal-with-spurs.html

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If his price is reasonable, Troy Daniels is a ridiculously good shooter. That is the kind of offense they will need to stockpile, with Mills either shelved until March (hopefully), or gone.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/rumor-spurs-show-interest-in-kent-bazemore.html

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Damn is right. A healthy Mills is one thing, but this throws a major wrench into it. How bad is this injury, and will he recover 100% from it? If the answer is no, PATFO has something to negotiate. And not even available until March? That forces them to acquire another FA shooter regardless.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/patty-mills-out-seven-months-with-shoulder-injury.html

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Bazemore is a very interesting player for a Kawhi backup. Major potential on offense, a good 3pt shooter, slasher to the hole. Not bad on D either. I expected him to blossom in GS, he showed flashes for the Lakers.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/rumor-spurs-show-interest-in-kent-bazemore.html

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Neither Telfair nor Livingston, or any other PG on the market will replicate Mills. CoJo is not Mills, either. When he's on, and that is often, Mills is the best pure shooter on the team. He's not just a backup PG! 

Mills is the only guy besides Green who can go on those streaks of 3s that bury the opposition. That is worth paying for. Lose that, and you have a hole

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/free-agent-rumors-spurs-interested-in-rashard-lewis-sebastian-telfair.html

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If Mills and Diaw leave, this team will have trouble. Both fill important roles and are not easily replaced, although too many seem to think so. Mills' instant offense and energy aren't replaced with plugging in CoJo (in terms of purely ball and not money, CoJo should be on the bubble, not Mills). Diaw's contribution in the playoffs speaks for itself, and of the other options, only Gasol could make up for the passing ability.

As for Kyle Anderson. Please do not annoint him to be the next Diaw. He is nowhere near, has not proven able to play individual defense on an NBA level, and will not physically handle duties at 4. KA is a tweener who is best used selectively at the 1, 2, or 3 to cause matchup problems. I don't see him as a starter for a long time.

Bottom line, I want both Mills and Diaw back. If they go, they had better pay up for upgrades. Someone even more lights out shooting than Mills and Gasol.

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/what-happens-if-mills-and-diaw-leave.html

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