Kawhi with the slam!
I like this Manu. Glad to see Pop has stayed with someone at backup PG so far.
Bonner is nursing an injury and is apparently out tonight. A win tonight would be a gift.
Remember what you did in the 1st quarter? Do that again. Not this $#@!.
Big 3 by Green there, but what a $#@! sandwich of a 2nd quarter.
Coach Pop, the master at out-of-bounds plays.
Damn good defense there on the last play. 4-1.
How many games could our bench win? Over 41? I say yes.
interesting look at Pop's late game decision with Duncan.
SAN ANTONIO — It took all of five games of the 2013-14 season to see whether or not head coach Gregg Popovich had been chastened by Game 6 of last season’s Finals.
Despite having been roundly criticized for sitting Tim Duncan on Miami’s last two regulation possessions in that contest, needing just one stop to secure the championship, Popovich went back to the well in Wednesday’s 99-96 victory over Phoenix.
The strategy was as sound then as it was back in June: The opposition was in dire need of a 3, so Popovich elected to sit Duncan in favor of a smaller, more reactive lineup. This time, however, it worked. The Spurs harried Phoenix into a pair of low-percentage attempts, and victory was theirs.
That’s been the outcome far more often than not since last season, when Popovich began using the tactic with increasing regularity. Indeed, until Miami made those two title-shifting 3s in Game 6, the Spurs had been virtually flawless in defending a lead of three points or less with Duncan on the bench.
From my very unofficial gleaning of last season’s play-by-play:
Spurs 108, L.A. Lakers 105
MISS — Kobe Bryant 3-pointer, 3.9 seconds left
MISS — Earl Clark 3-pointer, 1.0 second left
Spurs 92, Dallas 91
MISS — Vince Carter 3-pointer, 1.2 seconds left
Spurs 100, Denver 99
MISS — Andre Miller at the rim, 1.0 second left
Spurs 104, L.A. Clippers 102
MISS — Chris Paul short jumper, 1.2 seconds left
Spurs 129, Golden State 127 (playoffs, 2 OT)
MISS — Stephen Curry 15-foot jumper, 1.8 seconds left (end of regulation)
MAKE — Jarrett Jack layup, 20.8 seconds left (end of OT No. 1)
Golden State 97, Spurs 87 (playoffs)
MISS — Jarrett Jack misses 18-footer (end of regulation)
Spurs 93, Memphis 89 (playoffs, OT)
MISS — Jerryd Bayless 3-pointer, 11.8 seconds left (end of OT)
That’s 1 for 9 overall, and a victory in all seven games when the tactic was deployed. Then, of course, came Game 6, when…well, no need to go romping back through the gory details again, is there?
So, entering last night’s 0-for-2 from the Suns, the unofficial tally stood at:
Leading by three points or less – 2 for 11
Leading by four points or more – 3 for 7, plus 2 free throws
Overall – 5 for 18, plus 2 FTs, for a total of 14 points on 13 possessions (defensive rating: 107.7)
Basketball Reference lists the Spurs with a 101.6 rating during the regular season, while NBA.com had them at 99.2, so that would seem to be a rather dramatic slide. They also gave up five offensive rebounds on the 13 misses, most notably those two huge ones against Miami, for a pretty poor rebounding percentage of just 61.5.
But the microscopic sample skews the results. For example: Exclude a 99-97 victory over the Hawks in which they gave up four points in the final 8.6 seconds while leading by six, and their defensive rating plummets to 90.9. Include only those possessions with a three-point lead or less, it drops even further to 55.5 with opponents shooting just 18 pct.
Focusing on the bigger picture of pure results, this would seem to be a pretty effective tactic for the Spurs — which is why we’ll continue to see it as the season wears on, Game 6 be damned.
$#@! game sixes...$#@! them all to hell.
I really dont like those grey uniforms.
So Manu wants to make sure we keep the whites separate from the coloreds?
Jesus, our stretch offense sucks. We really only have Tony that can create. Duncan is taking time to get in the swing of things and Manu is continuing his stark declination. Love seeing some of the young guys really help out in Tiago, Patty Mills playing big minutes, and of course Danny and Kawhi, but we have to find someone else that can get their own shot besides Tony.
Especially if he's going to tank FT's like tonight.....
Whew......Hung on. Ugly, especially with the W's missing their best player, but I'll take it....
And yet we are still winning. it's a long season.
I went tonight. It was ugly. This team is playing like hammered dog$#@! and still winning. They still haven't played anybody worth a $#@! but these wins count just as much as any other ones. This is all good. The last thing you want is to peak in November or December.
meh, historically spurs have always started slow. the last 2 years were just aberrations. with all the new players/roles on the team there was bound to be growing pains. could be worse, we could be houston or *shudder* dallas
The good news is Klay Thompson still has zero answer for Kawhi. None. If Green can harass Curry like games 3-6 of the last series then they still don't match up well against the Spurs. Last night was the 4th game within the last 7 day span from Saturday to Friday so no surprise they struggled with energy and consistency. Tomorrow's 11 am game might be really ugly so expect it, but that's more the schedule at this point.
Tony Parker's shot chart through 6 games:
Sloppy wins, but the way I look at it is the Spurs are 5-1, the team they faced in the finals is 4-3. It could be worse!
Spurs up 18-4 early. Danny just jumped like 12' to block (goaltend?) a shot.
Marco with a 3, Carmelo And1, 21-7.
Manu for 3. Spurs going small
tonightthis morning, which means no Tiago. I support this coaching decision.
37*-17 after 1Q.
* It might be 35; there was a tip-in at the buzzer. Ruled a basket, but replay looked like it was late.
**I have to take a dump.
So Marco has been pretty solid thus far except that I really hate his tendency to take long twos simply because he doesn't appear to be aware of where the three point line is. Article on PtR pointed it out and it's really annoying.
He's probably used to the metric system.
I don't know what that means.
It's called Willie Anderson del Negro syndrome and it has effected the Spurs throughout the years.
Edit: just retread this and I was combining willie with Vinny. Just noticed the unintended possible racist way that looks.
Last edited by ihateowho; 11-10-2013 at 01:44 PM.
That's mostly racists towards Italians, but that's legal, and in some states, encouraged.
Knicks close to within 33, so Pop takes a timeout.
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