Spurs have changed a lot since 2011 loss to Memphis
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If they bothered to do the research, it was there for them the whole damn time.
THANK GOD THEY DID! FOOLS GOLD that full year, they were horrible down the stretch and in the playoffs! That team was going nowhere.
BTW I don't care what idiots say about 011 or now, the media is a bunch of idiots and I could care less what any idiot out there says without watching the games or the team. 011 team is one of my worst Spurs teams I watched since 99! That team was horrible on D and was a jump shooting team, teams I usually hated. This team was far different last year as well! Way better than 011, this one might be better than last years! Just maybe.
2010 and 2011 teams were average as hell, 2nd round fodder at best.
The Spurs better completely forget what they did in game 1. It was a fluke, a nice fluke, but a fluke none the less. The Spurs set a team record for made 3s in the playoffs and Randolph had only 2 points which would be a career playoff low if he didn't score 0 points in 1 minute of PT back in 2002. Neither one of those things will be happening again let alone both in the same game.
If I were Pop I would sit the team down for film tomorrow, take the DVD of game 1 out of the player and burn it in front of them.
This game was not fluke, it was the receipt of beating Memphis. Keep ball movement, drive inside and find the open look shooter outside. Inside and outside, we're going to make Memphis guys crazy.
And in defense, risk their shooters, protect the painted area. Don't let Zach to get the ball by defending from inside. If we don't allow him to get the ball like in the first game, he will not find the rhtym. They don't have any reliable 3 pointer except Pondexter and he is a bench player. That's why I don't think that we're going to lose any game which we build 15+ advantaga.
And yes Zach scored 2 points with 1-8 FG. Pretty bad.
What about our side?
Duncan shoot 3-9 FG and finished with 6 points.
Manu was 2-6 FG and scored only 8 points.
And we won by 22!
I'll repeat again: This game is played how I imagined and that's the way to beat those guys. And it was not fluke, it was the preview of the following games.
The Spurs are getting better as the playoffs go on. Sadly the LA series was very poor situation for them to get tuned up - playing a decimated team of no-names around Gasol and Howard.
Their role players are playing with a lot of confidence unlike last year where Green, Splitter and Kwahi somewhat got lost after teh 1st 2 games against OKC.
I don't know that I would go so far as to call it a fluke but it may have been a unique game to the series. The Spurs may have other games in this series where they execute their game plan as well but the shots don't go down. A fluke suggests random fortune to me whereas I think the Spurs had the superior game plan for game #1. One thing I am counting on is that the Griz will make offensive and defensive adjustments that are likely effective and the Spurs will have to counter. It's not the first time that the Griz have been down in a series in these playoffs.
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