Originally Posted by Uwe Blab
Pretty much what I've been saying all along. They can go out and get a defensive minded big man (which would be nice either way), or rest their laurels on the fact that they have a couple of perimeter defenders that will be better this year. But defense isn't what did the Spurs in. It's that they ran into a team whose best horses are better than and outlasted the Spurs best horses. No defense is going to go "90's Knicks" on the Thunder or the Heat. They are too good. You have to be able to keep up. And the Spurs tried with all their heart, but they don't have that extra gear anymore, unless KY Leonard takes a monumental leap this year.
This is true to a degree, but I think we could stand to have more defensive balance.
Maybe if we have a defensive minded big man we're not equal to the Heat (or maybe OKC), but we close the gap.
To my way of thinking, our offense is as good as it can get, but we lack on defense.
You are correct to note that our offense can't keep up with OKC or Miami when they are rolling (though I'd say we'd have a better shot vs. Miami than OKC did because our defensive strengths/weaknesses fit them better), but one of the things a good defense does is take some pressure off your offense.
Notice that OKC's offense played better when they slowed us down and could play more loose on offense.
That is what I think we are lacking.