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So nice to see the Spurs being the Spurs again: suffocating defense. It took to the end of the Rodeo for one of these. Now can they sustain this for the rest of the season?
5 days, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-win-spurs-101-suns-74.html
The Three are old and/or hurt. The rest of the team is the same, but they have regressed. They have added no new impact players, no heir apparents. Having climbed to the summit, the motivation and hunger to do it again doesn't seem to be there. The competition is ridiculous this season, loaded with youthful, athletic variations on the Spurs themselves (Warriors, Hawks). I don't see them coming out of this funk, because so much still depends on the Three, and they are yet another year older. Even if they make a late run, it is very late.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/danny-green-were-not-the-happy-fun-team-we-were-last-year.html
We have been waiting for this team to pull the magic switch for a long time already. We're still waiting. Meanwhile. the competition is not showing any signs of slowing down. The Spurs keep losing.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/tony-parker-is-making-a-very-bold-prediction.html
Another horrible game. This team is clearly in disarray. Players are regressing (Kawhi also). Duncan is the only constant. Parker, jeez. The final several minutes was especially awful with turnovers that were dumbfounding, a sign of guys losing their poise.
They might show flashes this season but this team is about as good as its record. Mediocre.
1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-95-trail-blazers-111.html
After a game like this, even the most optimistic true believers have to be discouraged. Do we expect this team, that looks in total disarray, to "flip the switch"? And by some miracle they do, what ground can they make up with the West stacked and not slowing down this season? Nobody besides Timmy has been consistent. Even Kawhi has regressed. Parker has aged dramatically.
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-81-jazz-90.html
I have a bad feeling that guys like this will get better $ offers from other teams, as well as a chance to play for a less restrictive system than the Spurs and get more playing time. The Spurs hardly ever land this kind of athlete. But athletes are what they currently lack.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/report-spurs-interested-in-thomas-robinson.html
I sure hope this isn't on of the many "Spurs have interest along with a hundred other teams" thing, which typically means there is almost zero chance of them being a realistic consideration. Robinson has game. Capable of huge blocks, dunks, clutch.
Please waive Reggie W.
To the many optimists among you, it is to late for the excuses (or reasons, on a good day). They do not look like a team that will catch fire, or catch up much in the standings (other teams are maintaining whatever advantages they have).
When we are down to compensating Duncan/Ginobili decline with Splitter/Green, and Parker is never unhampered anymore, that is just not going to be enough. Look at some of the lineups last night. Bonner on the floor against the fully loaded Warriors? Is it time to realistically lower expectations?
Kawhi can't do it alone. Reinforcements needed.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
This game spoke for itself, and I say this with anguish. Torch is passed. Warriors are the real deal. Tonight, better D than SA, far superior on offense, more athletic, better ball movement, much deeper team, young and approaching prime.
This season has been troublesome for the Spurs because of injuries, but even full strength, everyone healthy, could they beat GS in a series? Looks doubtful. The Three are now clearly past their primes, and there is just not enough firepower otherwise.
And so far, this is the worst Rodeo Road Trip in years. Which also speaks for itself.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
I didn't like him as a Warrior either. Not a smooth athlete at all. Long spindly legs, huge feet, awkward. Effort, perhaps. I just think they could use the spot on someone with some real upside potential, who can actually get into the rotation. No more Daye types.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/report-spurs-to-resign-williams.html
I don't see any good reason for this. From the limited plays, he's awkward, isn't very agile, isn't that great a shooter or scorer, or defender. Gee, that's everything.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/report-spurs-to-resign-williams.html
If anyone still believes that this season will somehow turn around on a dime and this team will dominate---"if only we get everyone back" etc---a game like this dispels those hopes. Everything went wrong, our key guys looked out of it, the bench failed, the Clips athletic advantage was blatant, couldn't make shots, couldn't defend. Anything left? And the Spurs get blown out on their home court.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/podcasts/spurscast-special-clippers-blast-the-spurs-105-85.html
Is this a good thing? Isn't it better for old, injured greats to have a weekend off?
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/duncan-selected-for-2015-nba-all-star-game.html
No surprise, more roster head scratchers from PATFO. Unable or unwilling to keep JaMychal Green, they let him go, which means no athletic big, not even on the bench. Williams? His career has been a steady regression, for whatever reason. But the way Pop does things, we won't know in 10 days what Reggie has to offer, and he'll go too.
I suppose it is unrealistic to expect PATFO to even think about the future right now. It would be nice to see the future Big Three already in place, so that Tim, Manu and Tony can take however many nights off they need. Instead, we suffer the lack of real depth.
This team struggles to win easy games. Will this be how it is, crawling to the finish line, just hoping to get into the playoffs/
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/spurs-sign-reggie-williams-to-10-day-contract.html
If no one goes, good. A weekend of rest is better.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/no-spurs-were-named-as-starters-for-2015-nba-all-star-game.html
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.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-81-bulls-104.html
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.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-win-spurs-109-nuggets-99.html
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 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/could-the-spurs-be-signing-jamychal-green.html
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 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-win-spurs-110-blazers-96.html
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 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/leonard-upgraded-to-probable-vs-blazers-spurs-have-interest-in-jamchal-green.html
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 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-win-spurs-98-hornets-93.html
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 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/5-things-to-watch-spurs-vs-hornets.html
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 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-93-wizards-101.html
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 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/3-observations-mills-joseph-spurs-improving-defense-january-schedule.html
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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-win-spurs-100-suns-95.html
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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/with-struggles-on-defense-and-rebounding-spurs-must-survive-until-leonards-return.html
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.
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?
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.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/final-spurs-104-pistons-105-postgame-podcast.html
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.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-win-spurs-95-pelicans-93.html
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.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-87-grizzlies-95.html
Mills has that hard to define spark. So good to have him back.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/mills-returns-spurs-ground-rockets-to-end-skid.html
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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-90-pelicans-97.html
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.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-free-agent-options-for-remaining-roster-spaces.html
Should they have gone after Rashard Lewis instead?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014freeagency/bonner-to-re-sign-with-spurs.html
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.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
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.
Until he shows that he can play good D, Deshaun Thomas isn't a good option.
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.
Bringing back Baynes makes sense, although an upgrade would be better.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-gasol-close-to-choosing-bulls.html
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.
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!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-gasol-narrows-choice-down-to-spurs-bulls.html
Maybe Pop and Tony offer a max contract's worth of dinner and wine on top of the MLE.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/parker-has-spoken-to-gasol-about-playing-with-spurs.html
Please, Tony. Offer him many more dinners and much more wine.
I sincerely hope he does not wind up at OKC.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
More interested in scoring titles? Hm. I guess this means Melo won't come calling.
7 months, 4 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
Hit the weight room, son.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/photo-your-first-look-at-kyle-anderson-in-a-spurs-uniform.html
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.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/the-league-isnt-adapting-to-the-spurs.html
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.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/why-the-spurs-are-pau-gasols-best-option.html
Iverson type explosiveness and Avery Johnson leadership potential. I like his chances.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-sign-bryce-cotton.html