Originally Posted by Uwe Blab
Sorry, I can't talk you off the ledge because I've been saying this since they lost to Memphis in the first round a couple of years ago. Unless, KY takes some huge steps forward, they don't have a second go-to guy. Miami really exposed how great pick and roll defense can stop the Spurs from playing their game. It will come down to individual players making great plays in the playoffs. Parker, as great as he is, can only do so much by himself when the entire defensive scheme is to stop him. Duncan still shows greatness from time to time, but you're depending on him to make 15 foot shots, not to dominate the paint, and that can be stopped.
So in a game like today, where every possession is critical in the last few minutes, the opposing team has to stop Tony. The Spurs will have to stop Durant and Westbrook, Lebron and Wade, or Chris Paul and Griffin, etc. We end up giving it to Manu to dump it into Tim at the last second who then shoots up a prayer.
I have seen this many too often, that or Parker out on the top with the clock winding down with a 18 plus footer! That is the shots they seem to get late when they D us up and stop the ISO the Spurs are trying to run. You can almost predict our O at the end of games and how it will end! Up there we miss a bad shot with the clock winding down, they hit a shot or get fouled and hit two! The Spurs down the court again like you said, a bad shot and then they get it back with a shot to win it! This happens often win or lose but it continues to happen.
Win or lose this is a game -
You could let it pick your brain for weeks and months, just replay it over and over, won't do you any good at all. When someone loses a loved one and they do that it only brings forth anguish. I feel acceptance is sometimes the key, it happened, now you have to react to it. Giving up is not an option.