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@Danny Conner If it was that easy, you'd see a lot of teams following the Spurs way. It takes a tremendous amount of luck, first and foremost.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
@NoTweet14 It should work now.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/podcasts/spurscast-320-going-streaking.html
@BurkhartBrandonThis is merely affordable Kawhi Leonard insurance. Thomas was expendable.
10 months ago on Report: Spurs looking to call-up D-League's Jeffers
@RG8907 See, I'm good at this stuff!
1 year ago on 2013-14 Spurs Season Preview: 21 bold predictions
@RockheadTG These are bold predictions, not sensible predictions. Important distinction.
@russman38 Collins was an old school guy. He didn't buy into the new advanced stats. The Philadelphia 76ers new front office is implementing an environment where advanced stats can thrive. Collins didn't want any part of it.
1 year, 3 months ago on Report: Brown to become new 76ers head coach
@AdiDazzler You'd shake your head because I think he resembles two players? Never said he would BE McDyess -- just said that I thought the comparison was a good one. Chill.
1 year, 4 months ago on Grading the Pendegraph signing
@ChrisCano @ManuParker And yet, with Splitter, Manu and Belinelli already on board, $15 million for an undersized power forward may have been too much for the Spurs to stomach.
@pafletcher001 Hey, I kinda like this comparison. Good call.
@UsernameAlvin Fair enough.
@MOlsen You make a lot of sense. This isn't a terrible move, assuming the cost isn't too large.
1 year, 4 months ago on Source: Spurs likely to re-sign Gary Neal
@Spursforever69 In limited samples, he's been good in both facets.
1 year, 4 months ago on Report: Spurs nab Jeff Pendergraph
@ZILLA There definitely was, but they aren't in the Spurs' price range.
@ChrisCano @BlazingDeath Pendergraph isn't a "great" bench player. At least not yet. He's barely had any minutes to showcase his skills, save for some garbage minutes here and there. The jury is still out on him.
As for Manu: I wrote why it's a decent deal a few days ago , so check that out if you would like the opposing side.
@SpursAllDay11 I'm on board with an Oden signing, believe it or not.
1 year, 4 months ago on Grading the Spurs' early offseason moves
@Spursforever69 I'm not where I stand on Baynes, on account that I don't know how well he can play, but he could definitely be a fixture next year. Not sure about this season, though.
@Boo-J Thanks for your kind words and insight. I concur with everything you said.
Tiago's primary problems were not in his ability, which he has a lot, but in the minutes he received. His efficiency has been high in each of his three seasons and the only difference is the uptick in his minutes. He fits well in the system, as you said, and the Spurs are a much better team when he's on he floor. It's hard to find guys who make a defensive impact quite like Splitter. Two quick notes on Mohammed and Hollins
Hollins hasn't averaged more than 16 minutes a game in his career. There may very well be a reason for that.
Mohammed made fewer than 30 percent of his mid-range tries this season, so he isn't reliable in that regard. (Well, neither is Splitter.) He'll also be 36 next year and isn't as mobile as he once was.
Splitter will cost more than those guys, but there is a very simple reason: He's better on both ends of the floor. That's just my two cents. There's nothing wrong with disagreements.
1 year, 4 months ago on Why the Spurs should retain Tiago Splitter
@jojo707 I see what you're saying but Ryan Hollins and Mohammed aren't even close to the caliber of Tiago Splitter. Not sure if that solves anything, even if it does allow them to spend money elsewhere. I'm comfortable paying him $10 million, if that's what it takes.
@be_Spurs None of these teams should beat the Spurs in the first-round. That's obvious. But drawing the ideal opponent could shave off some unnecessary playoff games before OKC/DEN/LAC/MEM.
1 year, 7 months ago on The race for the final West playoff spots
@mpasse @AirAlamo1 I'm just hoping I'll be mentally prepared for an "epic" game.
2 years, 5 months ago on A Thunder storm is brewing: How do the Spurs stop it?
@mpasse I'm also a tad worried about how OKC's defensive adjustments turned San Antonio into an isolation heavy team. Over time, the Spurs offense won't be able to reach their offensive potential when the offense is stagnated. OKC can get away with it because of their talent but the Spurs need cohesion to succeed.
@Jkg_1218 I completely understand your sentiment as a Sonics fan. If I were in your position, I wouldn't be able to stand an entire city collectively celebrating my favorite team's accomplishments either.
2 years, 5 months ago on Weathering a Thunder storm
@mpasse You are spot on. While I am incredibly frustrated with the way we played in OKC (especially in Game 3), technically, nothing happened out of the ordinary. The home team won both games. The thing that worries me, though, is how OKC used Durant at the tail end of Game 4. San Antonio was helpless against a relatively simple brush screen set. Let's wait until Game 5 before we make any rash conclusions.
@rtesoro440 I had Spurs in five prior to the series and I'm sticking with my prediction. I think it's much more likely that San Antonio wins Game 4 than Game 3 because OKC needs this one.
2 years, 5 months ago on Scouting the Thunder: Defending Tony Parker
@rtesoro440 I don't think the pressure is necessarily off them. They don't have as much pressure as Oklahoma City but maintaining their excellence will be difficult.
2 years, 5 months ago on NBA Playoffs 2012: Spurs vs. Thunder Game 3 Adjustments
@rtesoro440 Good point. This very well could be the Spurs' worst game of the series and the fact that Oklahoma City didn't pull this one out doesn't bode well for their chances.
2 years, 5 months ago on San Antonio Spurs eliminate turnovers, edge Thunder
NBA2K and I concur on the series length. Just a gut feeling.
2 years, 6 months ago on Spurs beat Thunder in 5 games in NBA 2K12 simulation
@rtesoro440 Agreed. Although the reason we are overreacting over the Spurs' complacency is because we are so accustomed to perfection. The Spurs, if anyone, are the least complacent team in the league.
2 years, 6 months ago on Game 3 Grades: Spurs 96, Clippers 86
@SivanJohn Should be fun to watch the Paul vs. Tony matchup all series long (which I hope is very short ).
2 years, 6 months ago on NBA Playoffs 2012: Clippers (4-4) vs. Spurs (5-0)
@rtesoro440 While their shooting efficiency (42%) doesn't indicate that the Thunder played well last night, and they didn't, it's still pretty impressive that they battled back and took a game they weren't supposed to win. I'm still a tad wary of the Thunder although I'm still going to pick the Spurs regardless.
2 years, 6 months ago on Video: Spurs "pretty close to flawless"
@JeffProjectSpurs Thank you for your kind words, Jeff. I am just giving credit when it is due.
2 years, 6 months ago on Blair, Leonard named to USA select team
@rtesoro440 You have no idea how badly I want to watch some Spurs basketball.
2 years, 6 months ago on San Antonio Spurs to play Game 1 on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
@rtesoro440 Completely agree with you there.
2 years, 6 months ago on San Antonio Spurs (3-0) vs. Utah Jazz (0-3)
@JeffProjectSpurs No, thank you Jeff. Project Spurs, as a whole, provides Spurs fans with a lot of great content and I just want to promote the good work.
2 years, 6 months ago on Link: Tiago Splitter in a cast
@rtesoro440 I feel the same way too. Here's hoping we can take care of business this year.
2 years, 7 months ago on NBA Power Rankings: Spurs finish No. 1
Awesome. The play never gets old, right?
2 years, 7 months ago on Fawning over Manu Ginobili
The Spurs are a pretty tough matchup for the Thunder. We'll see how the playoff picture plays out. I'm not exactly ready to chalk the Thunder as a matchup I necessarily want (as a Spurs fan).
2 years, 7 months ago on Ranking potential playoff threats to the Thunder
@rtesoro440 I'm not going to take too much away from the Laker game because (A) it was only one game, (B) Kobe wasn't playing, (C) World Peace will not score 26 points with any regularity and (D) Blair will not, at least he shouldn't, guard Bynum for 11 minutes in one half.
2 years, 7 months ago on Spurs Roundtable: Breaking Down the Playoffs, Frontcourt
@rtesoro440 I disagree on two points: The Spurs can shoot and they can rebound. They are actually No. 1 in both eFG% and defensive rebounding rate. I don't see that as a problem, really.
@rtesoro440 How is our depth suddenly a mirage? I'm having a hard time believing that, because of a few games, the depth is now illegitimate.
2 years, 7 months ago on Scouting the Suns: Spurs aim to win season series
Interesting stuff, Andrew. The fact that Kevin Durant isn't completely polished offensively is astounding to me. He's averaging 27.5 points, how can he conceivably get better? I 'm legitimately scared for the other 29 teams in the NBA. Also, do you think Goldsberry had graphs for Kawhi, Manu etc by any chance? That would be awesome.
2 years, 7 months ago on Kevin Durant as a shooter using Kirk Goldsberry's CourtVision
@rtesoro440 Not necessarily. Two words: sample size. It's been two games. What happened to everybody's confidence in this team? Has it really dissipated after two losses? We knew the Spurs, if anything, were the deficient down low. Nothing has changed. We are just more aware of our problem.I don't see the Lakers manhandling the Spurs again, though. We'll see less of Blair and the Tim and Tiago defensive tandem will have to be implemented. A little dosage of Bonner to spread the defense will also help the Spurs. Pop didn't stray from Blair in time; Bynum was already in a groove. Our depth remains our singular advantage over any NBA team. It's not time to write them off.Also, you seem to have a strong opinion. I respect that. What is your writing experience? I wouldn't mind reading your work in the future.
2 years, 7 months ago on Grizzlies (34-23) vs. Spurs (40-16) notes
@rtesoro440 I tend to be on the low side. I see more of an eight point victory but I'm also anticipating a blowout.
2 years, 7 months ago on Jazz vs. Spurs notes
@rtesoro440 I'm not devaluing the merit of home-court advantage per se. But I don't see it as something that is always conducive to playoff success. Sadly, the 2011 Spurs are raising their hands.
2 years, 7 months ago on Spurs, Thunder schedules at a glance
@dreamsofexile I like the way you put the Spurs FO as utilizing "Moneyball" because, well, that's a pretty good way to define their success. I feel like these gems that they consistently find stem from our unique ability to develop players and it's something that has piqued my interest recently especially bcause of our 10-game winning streak. I think player development, in essence, is the market inefficiency that the Spurs are exploiting just like the A's exploited OBP. Teams spend so much energy drafting players but, in the end, if you can't fit that player into your system, give him some confidence and put him in favorable positions then you render his talent relatively useless.I really appreciate your comment.
2 years, 7 months ago on For Spurs, Mills another revelation
@rtesoro440 I don't see the Spurs holding the No. 1 seed even though we are playing great basketball. It definitely wouldn't surprise me but seeds, as we all know by now, aren't that important.
@rtesoro440 And, figuratively, that deck of cards has a bunch of extra cards. Pop can keep shuffling and shuffling with impunity.
2 years, 7 months ago on Recapping with the Hornets: Passing, passing, more passing
@rtesoro440 10 seems a little unrealistic against Boston. Like I said, they've had our number and are playing their best basketball currently. I still like the Spurs but not by that much.
2 years, 7 months ago on Scouting the Celtics: Someone has to lose
As a Spurs fan, I don't know OKC too well. But I think their problem is not so much as their top heavy usage rate but their problems hinge on their tendency to rely too heavily on their stars instead of utilizing them more efficiently. Like, you know, running nice sets that have the potential to be dangerous.
2 years, 7 months ago on The Oklahoma City Thunder and Usage Rate