Originally Posted by katyspursfan
I'll play devil's advocate, mostly because I thought that was a learning game for players and coaches.
You blame gassed players and minutes required by the coach.
10 players were on the clock. None played less than 15 minutes. None played more than 36 minutes (excepting the 2 seconds that Parker played above that number). Overall, if this is the box score seen throughout the season, I don't expect huge arguments. Really, if that's the minute distribution going forward, that's awesome! That's not D'Antoni. Let's stop that argument now.
Maybe this had something to do with coming back from a constant deficit. Spurs looked not so good early. Always trying to match the Knicks. All the energy expended to come back may have something to so with the 'gassed' adjective.
I have an issue with the Spurs only being charged with 10 TOs for the game. Maybe the yahoo! box score only includes the 4th quarter. And Manu's TOs must have all been in the fourth quarter, since he was assigned 3 of the 10.
Coaches overplaying shouldn't be an issue. Minutes don't support it. Unless Manu played all of his 26 minutes in a row, he should be good.
If players aren't in shape for 25-30 minutes a game 10% into the season, then that's on them.
the minutes don't support it, but the box score doesn't always support what actually goes on the court. what about the constant help the Spurs had to use from every possession? Pop started Dejuan Blair on Melo and had to have constant help. After that, whoever was on Melo got help and we were in constant scrambling mode. the box score isn't going to tell you any of that, not even the +/-. this isn't about conditioning either. the teams that run a lot of the time (watch the Lakers this year) aren't going to do much double team scenarios or care about defense, like the Suns of old. they rested a bit on defense while the Spurs of old rested a little each play on offense with it being set up. Melo didn't spend as much energy as the Spurs did on the help. he catches the ball, Blair chases him a little, Duncan helps or Parker/Green do, and Melo kicks the ball out.
we did look good early, but that scheme will only take you so far. also add in to that our smalls playing the 4 had to bang on the inside, which takes a lot out of you especially against 6'10" plus guys. we played the Knicks the same way the whole game while they played the same way the whole game too. what different thing did they actually do?
-Melo got the ball and kicked out, the wing guys helped all around as did Duncan/Splitter/Jackson in the paint. the difference at the end was we were doing the same thing but they ended up making them in the end because guys like Parker and Green were late rotating because of tired legs.
to paraphrase what Shaq said about going from a down low game to a Suns running game, "it takes less of a toll on your body". last night we tried to run on offense and play smash mouth defense, that's a double whammy.