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Old 11-17-12, 02:24 PM
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Kawhi's Injury Leaves Plenty of Opportunity

While San Antonio Spurs fans are sweating a brief Kawhi Leonard injury (out 10-14 days according to the Spurs), this injury may be a blessing in disguise for the team to try out more rotations with their abundance of guards. I'm sure head coach Gregg Popovich plays plenty of different lineups against each other during practices, but nothing is like a real NBA game.

Kawhi's Injury Leaves Plenty of Opportunity
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Old 11-17-12, 04:32 PM
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I like the option mentioned below from the article. I'm sure Pop has been wondering how he gets PT for DeColo and this is it. He simply moves Nando from the end of the bench to starter without disrupting anything in between. No pressure on him to produce, except get the ball to the shooters and play some hard nose defense (he's got 6 fouls to waste). And Pop continues to use his same rotation as before. If DeColo doesn't take advantage of this opportunity, Austin is 60 miles away and bring back Joseph.

Start Nando De Colo: This move wouldn't surprise me at all, even though it's unlikely. Why would Pop start a rookie guard from overseas on a team that's playing to win it all this year? If Nando starts, he would have veteran leadership around him in Tony Parker and Tim Duncan while having Danny Green to take the load off of him to score. With De Colo's many intangibles and skills, he'd have no pressure to produce with this unit while bringing more to the table than Green would in the two-position. This move would leave Pop's bench in tact and with no problems with chemistry. He may not be the best defender, but he doesn't have to be locking his man down 1-on-1 if he's got help from Duncan (and Splitter if Tiago starts).
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Old 11-18-12, 12:11 PM
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Hope Kawhi will not be out long though because we need him back vs strong teams! But of course since it is still early in the season we will be ok.

Pop mentioned in the interview before the game last night Kawhi was injured a while back but he could manage to play with the bother of that injury now it starts to flair up and hurt him. I wish they found out earlier but I guess he never told them until it really starts to kill him!!!:shock

Nando got some playing time last night and this is actually a good thing to extend the bench while Kawhi can get well. The rotation can improve with more people from the bench to have a third option available is a Great Development Luxury because even the second unit can get motivated more to play better before Pop pulls the 3rd one.

Kawhi out now could be indeed a blessing in disguise.
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Free Nando!!
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