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@SB718 @ThunderStruck2412 JVG or Dantoni might work, but SVG and Westbrook can't possibly coexist, and Sloan's a half court grinder coach who doesn't seem a decent fit for an up-tempo team.
I don't think Phil wants to coach kids if he came back.
Iso IS a system. It's taken Mike Brown to the conference finals. I just agree it's not a highly-evolved one. It does seem like you conveniently blame everything bad on the coach and give him credit for none of the good. Scapegoat much? He's managed to get three high-usage players to largely coexist, gotten a young team to bring full effort without lapse every single night, and put together a sexy and exciting team for the last few years. Complex offensive systems and superstars don't often mesh. For all it's vaunted guru-ish mettle, the Triangle Offense is more of a formation than a complicated play. OKC's best sequences have been when they ad-lib.
Oh, and Presti chose Brooks. Since it's not your job to choose a coach, it's probably not your job to criticize the current one, either, perhaps?
2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder battle back but drop Game 2 to go down 0-2, 120-111
@ElMexiThunder @seaniedee The sarcasm was dripping on the interview clip I saw. It doesn't make it into the text easily. For those saying it didn't change the deficit, I do think it killed the buzz/momentum. The run the Spurs had to start the second half was ridiculous.
@ThunderWins @ChilamBilam12 We have the offensive firepower. We need either an off shooting night or to just clamp down. Hard to expect a much better offensive night, and there were times when the Spurs looked stifled. On the whole, though, they just keep making plays.
Parker's torched Russell repeatedly this year. Defense on Duncan's been great. Much of the time the rotation's been stellar, but there were several times when Spurs shooters had seemingly minutes to practice their form before shooting. Maybe just stop helping on Parker, figure for all we care he could try for 50, and stay home on shooters? It's a pick-your-poison affair.
I could entertain the argument that Diaw's been the more complicated offensive weapon. He's not as weak defensively as he should be given the limitations of the players he's guarding, and he's a pain to guard.
I think OKC's shot at game 3 is quite good. As long as Russell doesn't have the unfortunate 2-for-lots type game, it should be a crazy atmosphere and an energized team.
@ThunderWins @ChilamBilam12 Wait, they traded for Tim Tebow?
@ThunderWins @ChilamBilam12 I get the sarcasm, but they do kind of keep winning...
@ThunderUp12 It's a credit to the ridiculous individual talent here that what seems like a huuuuge difference in "shot quality" can stay this close. It just rarely seems like OKC gets easy baskets. They have to do things the hard way, and they have come really close.
At home, they should get even more fouls called, and expect SA's "other guys" to tone it down just a level or two. Keep them from moving the ball so well, force it into a shot-making contest, and who knows...
@JimboSlice @Old Man Game That award is the least meaningful of all awards. Few of the acknowledged best coaches have won it more than once, if at all.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thunder miss a big opportunity dropping Game 1 101-98
@JimboSlice There are maybe 2-5 coaches in the league that don't regularly make their fanbases go nuts. Probably closer to that 2...
I agree with Hollinger in that having Thabo start when he's the best defender on Manu is silly. He should play this like a Hockey game, countering lineups as needed. That being said, he's more of a "keep it simple" coach. As the Clippers fans can tell you, there's a lot worse than unimaginative in terms of "bad coaching".
@jamisonjohn Let's be real here... What "good" chants are there? The Tomahawk Chop was insidious and annoying, yet took over everywhere anyone had an even vaguely "indian" connotation. Why? Because they all suck. I mean, in San Antonio it's "Go Spurs Go". This isn't exactly a step up. The only fun ones are target-driven (ala OU/Texas games) or situational.
Even the "great" ones are arbitrary and goofy. "Rock Chalk Jayhawk"? I mean... really? We're not talking Aaron Sorkin here...
@cemitten @EatSleepThunder This is the same Joey Crawford who got into a shouting match with Tim Duncan. He's like a giant, bald, baby-faced-and-almost-cuddly, continuously-constipated ball of angst.
@ThunderBelize It's almost like they decided going into the fourth quarter there hadn't been enough fouls. Joey C just seems pissed off all the time. Went from a rugged, "let them play" game for 36 or even 40 minutes into a touch foul game for about 6 minutes. Theoretically consistent both ways, but just arbitrary and abrupt. Some of the block/charge calls both ways seemed off. Westbrook's through two guys that never closed the gap, and the truly goofy one where Ginobili got called for a charge as he was sailing past a guy and throwing a shot out of bounds. Maybe the refs were rusty, too.
Jackson's an irritant. He seemed to frustrated KD, and it worked well enough. As for shooting, both teams had a pretty bad game but for a few moments.
I still think Collison brings more to the table than Perk.
@loplopol If they'd come earlier, no come back would have been needed. Unfortunate!
@Ruben T Jackson's so irritating, even the Spurs fans got sick of him after a while. He's just annoying. And somehow that's now a compliment. I have no idea... 4 of the 6 free throws came from hand checks there, though.
That Joey Crawford does Spurs games at all is convoluted after his tiff with Duncan. Was at the game, and the difference in calls in the fourth was abrupt and strange. Lots of good points all around. Spurs and Thunder are my favorite two teams. Complicated rooting series.
At some point, when Thabo and Fisher were the two leading scorers, I was confused. Spurs fans still hate Fisher from his Lakers days.
(And since I failed to mention it in my focus and perhaps vanity, I really enjoyed the article. It's an intriguing way of looking at things, and one that obviously got me thinking!)
2 years, 2 months ago on Black Coffee, Steely Dan, and the Bland, Refined Flavor of the San Antonio Spurs
It's somehow galvanizingly "American" to turn something "resolutely un-hip" into an "acquired taste for for connoisseurs". For Spurs fans, it's long-since stopped being about "getting everyone else to appreciate it" (or perhaps we lost hope). It's about countering the dismissive looks we get for expressing our enjoyment. Yes, chaos is dramatic and a Harley sounds pretty hawt; however, there is also beauty in the quiet efficiency of a properly tuned V12. The Spurs may never be sexy, but it's nice to hear someone learn to appreciate that there IS something impressive about symmetry and seamless design.
They're not a Harley, a Bentley, a Youtube classic, or the like. Coffee is a wonderful analogy. When the style's outdated and the fad is done, the substance stands on its own. To appreciate them you have to spend some time looking deeper, and it may seem pointless and frustrating at first. Once you see the subtle changes from year to year, the adherence to a plan without deviation or fear of failure, and the maddening (or delightful) way they seem to force every team to adjust to them instead of vice versa... They're the perfect "home team". You may not pay to see them on the road for a splash, but you know you'll get quality every time. They may not make Top 10 lists, but in this retro-cool age, there's something pure and pristine about watching something very very complicated be made to look deceptively simple.
As I gave my friend the field and picked them for a playoff bet (loser has to captain our softball team), the only witty thing I could think of to say was, "What's more dangerous... the river, or the rock that just sits there in the middle of it."