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Spurs Are Really Knives
I'm rooting for the Suns right now. But it looks like I won't be doing so much longer. Say what you will about the Spurs, they play superb team basketball. Personally, I like them better than most teams. And I learn things every time I watch them. Their spacing on the court is particularly fine, enabling dribble drives and kick outs even better that the Phoenix system, though their offense is less flashy to watch. I'd love to see them take on the Lakers. It give me glee to root against Kobe, even though he's sublime to watch.

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art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: April 26th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I thought Spurs/Suns would be more even. I guessed wrong. The core of the team has been together a long time now so, that is a huge advantage although I would not like to see them end up playing for the NBA championship. What's up with the Pistons? I certainly thought they'd be better. I don't think Flip Saunders is nearly as strong on defense and, as a result they have lost some of that even though they were one of the top defenses. The Celtics don't look to have much competition in the east.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 26th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's amazing how well players like Bruce Bowen, Brent Barry and -- a great acquisition -- Kurt Thomas complement the Big Three. They always seem to drift to the right spot for a 12 or 16-footer when Parker drives or Duncan is in the low post with the ball and his back to the basket.

I don't get the Pistons. Saunders isn't a very good coach is the best I can come up with, so I agree.

The Celtics look strong. And they're also a team, like the Spurs, with role players doing very well. Except that their role players are very young, with the exception of Cassell, who was also a great mid-season pick-up.

The Lakers look great too. Their bench is diverse and having Kobe guarantees clutch end-of-game performance. Also, like everyone else, I'm surprised at how much better Gasol is than he seemed in Memphis.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: April 26th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I never thought Gasol was just average. He's on the Spanish nat'l team and they are GOOD. I just think the Lakers finally got the right mix of players. Lamar Odom, well, I'd love to have him back in Miami but, we now have "The Matrix" who does similar things. Neither of them are super aggressive players but both can play a variety of positions and offense and defense. I just want to see the Spurs go down. ;-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 26th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Why are you anti-Spurs? I know many people are. But their reasons vary. Personally, I like them better than the Lakers dynasty that preceded them by a long shot.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: April 27th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I guess my reason is just that even though the recent bad years of the Lakers, I'm really a Lakers fan. You know I lived in LA for 13 yrs and Calif. almost 20 yrs. As a team I think they're one of the better teams in the way they have kept at bay the ego tripping and drama that so many other teams have. I keep saying to myself that if I was playing would I take a big contract offered to me or take less money and go to a team that wants to succeed on the highest level. Remember when Joe Johnson went to Atlanta from Phx for a lot of money? But, maybe actually being in the game I would think differently about my career and legacy as a player. Of course, that would assume I have a legacy as a player. But, stats are kept on every single thing in sports so, it's possible.
amackey84 From: amackey84 Date: April 26th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The thing that is amazing/maddening about the Spurs is how well they accomplish the little things necessary to win. They are shrewd and calculating. Bowen can shut a person down and get in his head with somewhat unseemly play. Ginobili can flop like he's a member of the Argentinian national soccer team, and Popovich can take away the Suns' rhythm with his hack a Shaq routine that kills the Suns' style. It's not pretty, but the Spurs have proven that you can win championships that way. Moreover, they've proven that the Suns' style can be trumped by mechanical play. It's the only compliment I'll give them (back-handed as it may be) as they repeatedly kick the Suns' collective fan base in the gut.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 26th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Right. But you have to admit, even as a Suns fan, that Tony Parker is doing a great job of proving that he's peeved that all of the Chris Paul-Deron Williams discussion leaves him out. He's playing the best he's ever played. And he, at least, plays kind of pretty.

Myself, I remain a huge fan of Tim Duncan, not from the standpoint of excitement, but because he is so fundamentally sound and hard to rattle. Plus, he's proof that staying in college four years and getting a degree is not necessarily a detriment, but may actually make you a better pro.
amackey84 From: amackey84 Date: April 26th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh I can admit Tony Parker is on fire. The fact that he can't miss during this series proves plenty about his character and ability. The craziest stat I saw was that he was responsible for something like 16 of the Spurs' first 18 points, including his assists. Talk about making your team better. They made the Suns look like a D-league team.

As for Duncan, I can respect your praise of him. The man simply cannot miss within 12 feet of the basket, no matter how he's turned or who has an arm in his back. It's just hard to stomach over and over again each year. I picture his moves as the highlight films they show Suns fans who land in hell. I also give credit to Duncan for staying all four years. Were it not for his degree-seeking ways, the UA would likely have been without the services of Wake Forest transfer Loren Woods.

But here's what drives me nuts about Duncan. In the age of ultra-tight referees who give technical fouls to anybody who so much as looks at them, Duncan continues to get away with his temper tantrums after bad calls. Now I know Amare Stoudemire gives the refs plenty of reasons to get easy technicals, but the vast chasm separating how refs treat Stoudemire as opposed to Duncan is ridiculous. Amare will laugh at a call and get a technical. Duncan will get in a ref's face and be told to calm down. I guess it's one of the perks of being so great, but I can't help see it as favoritism.
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