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Yes. Peaking early is a concern, and Pop needs to carefully manage the rest of the regular season. Parker's injury forces him to the sidelines, conveniently perhaps. We still do not know for sure if this team is better than last year's, or if the offseason will pay off, until they face those top teams in playoff series, where vulnerabilities are more clearly exposed. Is there enough quality depth? The competition has also improved or at least stayed as strong.
1 week, 3 days ago on
Parker has a strained facet. I have had this injury, and it's no joke. You can't do anything for a while, much less ball. He needs to take as long as possible to recover fully. Ice up, TP!
1 week, 4 days ago on
Parker is getting an MRI for his back. Whatever the result, this is worrisome news for a team with aging veterans. The Big Three must be limited for the remainder of the season.
If that MRI comes back bad, all bets are off for another run.
Just as I began worrying about the Spurs peaking too soon, this loss brings them resoundingly to earth. They still have plenty to work on. OKC played great D, the Spurs never got into sync, and OKC's athleticism and quickness are hard to top.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on
A few months ago, this team couldn't beat the top teams. Now they can't seem to lose. I hope they are not peaking too soon, would have preferred being "surprised" by dominance at playoff time. Fingers crossed that there is yet another gear they can reach, if that is even possible.