I'm actually pretty impressed with the Spurs. Everyone has stepped up and played hard. Each game was lost in the 4th quarter, which isn't surprising when Tim Duncan does not play. The pace has been faster, so fatigue has been an issue.
No Duncan, Manu, Parker, or McDyess and the Spurs still played the Blazers tough.
I don't really believe in blessings in disguise. I have more confidence in Pop's judgment than that. So this has been an unfortunate stretch, but I like what I've seen.