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Old 02-02-2011, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Why is no one really talking about the Spurs?

Looking at how well they've done all year long and how efficient they've been.

Just read this article that really gives some more light on them.

More specifically, the Spurs have fielded exactly one starting lineup all season, the only team able to make such a claim. Given the myriad of injuries that have alternately plagued Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan over the past several seasons, the Spurs hardly would have topped the list of prime suspects for the last lineup standing yet thatís been the case 47 games into the season while their competition has either struggled with injuries, ineffectiveness, or both.

Then thereís the eye-popping productivity. Entering Saturday, the Spursí starters have accounted for exactly two-thirds of the teamís points, 65% of its rebounds, and 75% of its assists.

All of that comes in a relatively-low 61% of the teamís minutes; not only are they proficient, theyíre exceedingly efficient as well.

Thatís a byproduct of continuity, sure, but also indicative of smart roster construction.

Name a desired quality and chances are that multiple Spurs starters possess it, whether itís perimeter scoring or slashing (Parker, Ginobili, Jefferson); playmaking (Parker and Ginobili); three-point shooting (Ginobili and Jefferson); rebounding, post offense, and post defense (Duncan and Blair); or sheer athleticism (take your pick of Parker, Ginobili, Jefferson, or Blair).

What makes them so tough to beat, then, is that thereís no way to take that lineup out of their element. They turn the game into a layup line or they can slow down the tempo, grind out possessions, and let Duncan and Blair clean up the glass, and are equally capable playing slash-and-kick or plotting a direct assault on the rim.
Fab Five: Spurs' starters shine once again
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