Originally Posted by grizzly_bexar
I'd like us to be a better team, sure, but how can you say this team can't win a title since we were a missed free throw from winning one last year?
This roster is not playing nearly the defense that last year's did, but not because we don't have the horses. Belinelli is better than Neal. Mills is playing better than Neal/Joseph last year. Manu is healthy. Our defensive intensity is just not there, particularly against elite teams. That's what needs to change, not roster composition. Though if we can upgrade, sure. But not because we can't win as currently outfitted.
There are 3 maybe 4 teams that are just better than the Spurs. Last year the Spurs were the recipient of some luck (Westbrook out) and some hot shooting at the perfect time (Green and Neal). If all teams were healthy at the end, I don't think the Spurs have enough. But maybe, just maybe, the Spurs will have some luck again this year.