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Claudius 02-02-2011 03:27 PM

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.

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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

TORaptor4Ever 02-02-2011 03:30 PM

They're my odds on favourite to come out of the West unless the Lakers get a shot in the arm via trade.

Duncan is avging career lows in every category, yet they're playing better than they ever have before (arguably).

As long as they're healthy come playoff time they'll be TOUGH to beat in 7 games.

thought 02-02-2011 03:32 PM

the lakers will figure their shit out come april, i think it's a toss up between the lakers and the spurs. could come down to home court advantage.

simplycrazy 02-02-2011 03:34 PM

The Spurs have been one of my favourite teams for a few years now, and it doesnt seem like there's ever any hype about them. Now i really only watch games, no interviews or anything like that, but it seems like non of there core players are big talkers, and they don't play a flashy game like many other big teams, they kinda go ignored every season

Scully 02-02-2011 03:37 PM

Small market team, they also get pegged as boring and cerebral. I for one was a little surprised Manu didn't get any consideration as starting sg for the west. There is not peep for him as a MVP candidate.

b55bgc 02-02-2011 03:37 PM

The spurs are good.
But come playoff time i think your gonna see Dallas be really tough to beat.

finstock 02-02-2011 03:38 PM

I haven't given them much of a chance this year, in terms of contending. But now that the Lakers seem to be faltering...

INSIDER 02-02-2011 03:41 PM

health.
that is what it will come down to this season for the spurs.
if they can stay healthy, they will win the title.
theres no team in the league that can beat a healthy spurs team in a 7 game series.
they are too well coached and too all-around to lose 4 games out of 7... not to mention they have fantastic home court advantage.

jeffb 02-02-2011 03:48 PM

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Originally Posted by b55bgc (Post 503618)
The spurs are good.
But come playoff time i think your gonna see Dallas be really tough to beat.

I agree, Dallas, LAL will be tough come playoff time and i say OKC will win at least a round this year as well.

MARTYNAS 02-02-2011 06:04 PM

West looks very interesting. If NBA season ends today, playoff matchups would be

SAS-POR
LAL-DEN
DAL-UTAH
OKC-NOH

While the East, meh...
Only CHI-NYK looks interesting to me.

Aamir 02-02-2011 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Scully (Post 503616)
Small market team, they also get pegged as boring and cerebral. I for one was a little surprised Manu didn't get any consideration as starting sg for the west. There is not peep for him as a MVP candidate.

Over Kobe? I seriously doubt that.

fresh n' spicy 02-02-2011 08:04 PM

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Originally Posted by b55bgc (Post 503618)
The spurs are good.
But come playoff time i think your gonna see Dallas be really tough to beat.

hm dallas always seems to do well in the regular season but then choke in the playoffs so im not sure about that its going to be between the lakers and spurs imo

Scully 02-02-2011 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by DonMughal (Post 503708)
Over Kobe? I seriously doubt that.

I guess your right. When it comes down to the numbers your just not going beat Kobe.

Someguy again 02-02-2011 09:10 PM

utah anyone?

germain 02-02-2011 09:49 PM

i hope the suns manage to squeeze in the play-offs...they can beat the Spurs. :yeah:

Nites 02-03-2011 12:13 AM

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Originally Posted by germain (Post 503799)
i hope the suns manage to squeeze in the play-offs...they can beat the Spurs. :yeah:

Lol. Good luck to them.

Nites 02-03-2011 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by INSIDER (Post 503621)
health.
that is what it will come down to this season for the spurs.
if they can stay healthy, they will win the title.
theres no team in the league that can beat a healthy spurs team in a 7 game series.
they are too well coached and too all-around to lose 4 games out of 7... not to mention they have fantastic home court advantage.

As a Spurs fan I believe that Boston can have there way with Spurs no problem. If SA can get there defense level up to past levels then I'd say they are untouchable but thats not the case as of right now.

Ball Don't Lie 02-03-2011 12:17 AM

The Spurs are one of the top 5 teams to watch entertainment wise right now.

My top 5 would be: BOS, CHI, LAC(when Gordon plays), SAS, MIA.

I do question SAS' size and defence come playoff time though. Especially vs LAL.

germain 02-03-2011 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by 007nites (Post 503883)
Lol. Good luck to them.

they managed to sweep the spurs last year, but i guess phoenix still has a ways to go.

Claudius 02-03-2011 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Someguy again (Post 503771)
utah anyone?

As a Jazz fan I wish but it's not going to happen. Bench isn't good enough and they need a guy off the wing who can score.


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