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San Antonio Spurs Short Season 2011-2012**

Originally posted by 49erstrandedinclev:
Looks like pop gave parker another night off because it looks like someone else is playing in his place by the stats

Listened to it on the radio. Second chance opportunities and Parker going cold killed us.
Can't wait for the playoffs
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by 49erstrandedinclev:
Looks like pop gave parker another night off because it looks like someone else is playing in his place by the stats

Listened to it on the radio. Second chance opportunities and Parker going cold killed us.

That will do it as long as there were no injuries that's main thing right now.
Originally posted by 49erstrandedinclev:
Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by 49erstrandedinclev:
Looks like pop gave parker another night off because it looks like someone else is playing in his place by the stats

Listened to it on the radio. Second chance opportunities and Parker going cold killed us.

That will do it as long as there were no injuries that's main thing right now.

So true. I don't think we have gone into a Playoffs healthy for 3 years now. Pop should just do a rest rotation of the big three from here on.
Originally posted by global_nomad:
Can't wait for the playoffs

You guys just need to avoid the big front lines (i.e. Lakers & Memphis) as long as possible and you'll be fine. Although a 2nd Round matchup vs. the Lakers seems likely at this point.
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by global_nomad:
Can't wait for the playoffs

You guys just need to avoid the big front lines (i.e. Lakers & Memphis) as long as possible and you'll be fine. Although a 2nd Round matchup vs. the Lakers seems likely at this point.

I agree with this, though I think .. er, hope ... Pop is planning to deploy some Duncan-Splitter lineups when necessary.
Originally posted by dobo:
I agree with this, though I think .. er, hope ... Pop is planning to deploy some Duncan-Splitter lineups when necessary.

I was wondering if we'd see that duo last night, but if we did it wasn't for more than a couple of minutes.
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by dobo:
I agree with this, though I think .. er, hope ... Pop is planning to deploy some Duncan-Splitter lineups when necessary.

I was wondering if we'd see that duo last night, but if we did it wasn't for more than a couple of minutes.

For some reason Pop has decided to almost never put them on the floor at the same time. Pop is a great coach and is good at making adjustments when absolutely necessary, but to him the importance of system and "corporate knowledge" tend to overwhelm all other considerations. The system in place prioritizes spacing, so that means mucho minutes for Bonner or whatever SF is convenient as a small ball 4.

My hope is that this is just to collect Ws in the regular season. Any playoff team, esp. one with a formidable frontline, can exploit this rigidity and negate whatever advantage Bonner provides. If the team is healthy, I suspect Pop will be able to acknowledge that different teams require different strategies in a playoff series. Of course he knows that.

edit: Pop has been chasing the ghost of Robert Horry since he retired; Bonner is a homeless man's Robert Horry
[ Edited by dobo on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM ]
Originally posted by dobo:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by dobo:
I agree with this, though I think .. er, hope ... Pop is planning to deploy some Duncan-Splitter lineups when necessary.

I was wondering if we'd see that duo last night, but if we did it wasn't for more than a couple of minutes.

For some reason Pop has decided to almost never put them on the floor at the same time. Pop is a great coach and is good at making adjustments when absolutely necessary, but to him the importance of system and "corporate knowledge" tend to overwhelm all other considerations. The system in place prioritizes spacing, so that means mucho minutes for Bonner or whatever SF is convenient as a small ball 4.

My hope is that this is just to collect Ws in the regular season. Any playoff team, esp. one with a formidable frontline, can exploit this rigidity and negate whatever advantage Bonner provides. If the team is healthy, I suspect Pop will be able to acknowledge that different teams require different strategies in a playoff series. Of course he knows that.

edit: Pop has been chasing the ghost of Robert Horry since he retired; Bonner is a homeless man's Robert Horry

We've been missing that 6'10 to 7'0 dirty work guy who understands the game since Horry. Splitter has been disappointing.
Nah, Splitter is good. Probably the 4th best player on the team. He's not a stretch 4 like Horry, so the comparison kinda falls apart.

Parker
Manu
Leonard
Splitter
Duncan

That would be a helluva finishing 5 against the Lakers or the Grizzlies, IMO. Height, defense, toughness.
Originally posted by dobo:
Nah, Splitter is good. Probably the 4th best player on the team. He's not a stretch 4 like Horry, so the comparison kinda falls apart.

Parker
Manu
Leonard
Splitter
Duncan

That would be a helluva finishing 5 against the Lakers or the Grizzlies, IMO. Height, defense, toughness.

Bad spacing though. That team would have tremendous difficulty scoring. You're not going to "out-big" the Lakers. I think you gotta have Stephen Jackson in there instead of Leonard if you're going to run Splitter & Duncan together, but then either Manu or S-Jax have to guard Kobe, which they're not well equipped to do.
I actually think the way we beat the Lakers and Grizzlies is to play an up tempo run and gun style game that will get there big man tired. I know that does not suit Duncan but with our outside shooting and the driving and ball handling ability of Manu and Parker I believe this could result in either wearing there bigs down or getting them into foul trouble.
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Originally posted by dobo:
Nah, Splitter is good. Probably the 4th best player on the team. He's not a stretch 4 like Horry, so the comparison kinda falls apart.

Parker
Manu
Leonard
Splitter
Duncan

That would be a helluva finishing 5 against the Lakers or the Grizzlies, IMO. Height, defense, toughness.

Bad spacing though. That team would have tremendous difficulty scoring. You're not going to "out-big" the Lakers. I think you gotta have Stephen Jackson in there instead of Leonard if you're going to run Splitter & Duncan together, but then either Manu or S-Jax have to guard Kobe, which they're not well equipped to do.

I'm not THAT concerned about Kobe. I want someone who can stay in front of him, but I don't necessarily want Kobe bottled up. One of his few weaknesses has been his propensity to shoot his team out of games. Some combination of Manu, Jackson, Leonard, and Green might get the job done.

That lineup I mentioned is basically a closing lineup. The Spurs have several offensive weapons, so I'm not worried about their ability to put points on the board for three and a half quarters.
Pat Mills will take us to the promised land.
Another great win for the Spurs against the grizzlies Timmy came up huge last night