Originally posted by Joecool:
Question for fans of other teams:
Have the Spurs put any thought of possibly competing with any of the big 5 teams?
This season for me has been like a fan of an up and coming team; almost like how Lakers fans felt 2 years ago. Personally, right now, I don't see them competing with 3 of those teams because of the lack of Duncan's presence. However, he played very well in last years' playoffs (not being 100%) but did not get much help. I think he will be rested and have a come back type of play off run.
I said it before, it all comes down to Splitter and RJ.
If Splitter becomes a solid rotational player, then Pop will be able to rest Duncan without running McDyess into the ground or sacrificing interior defense with Blair and Bonner.
If RJ keeps doing what he's doing, then Pop will be able to run Ginobili-less lineups. Last season RJ was useless without him. But so far Parker-Hill-RJ is looking like a solid 1-2-3.