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Old 04-24-14, 06:55 AM
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In all fairness to Danny Green and our other three-point shooters...

This article points out very well, the real problem the Spurs have, and it lands squarely at Pop's feet first because it requires an adjustment. Rick Carlisle has exposed something the rest of the league is watching closely, Pop.

"His (Green's) line from Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series: No points on 0-2 shooting in nearly 24 minutes of court time.

It wasn’t quite the no-show the numbers make it out to be. As a player who depends upon ball movement to create open looks for him, Green was one of the shooters most affected by Dallas’ defensive strategy of forcing the Spurs to play isolation offense.

If the Mavericks continue to defense the Spurs this way tonight in Game 2 and beyond, Green expects open looks to be hard to come by throughout the series.

“We have to do what we’ve been doing all season, continue to attack and move the ball,” Green said after shootaround this morning. “We’ll get more looks. I think we kind of got stuck in mud a bit last game. If we continue to play our basketball, and move the ball, we’ll get more open looks.”

No matter how the Mavs opt to defend them, the Spurs believe they can produce better ball movement than in their 90-85 victory to open the series Sunday. They had 14 assists — matching their second-lowest total of the season — and made only 3 of 17 shots from 3-point range.

Green, Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw combined to go 3 of 16 from the field. It was the seventh time this season Green had gone scoreless, but was the first time he’d gone 0-for as a starter in the playoffs since Game 1 of the 2012 conference finals against Oklahoma City.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has urged Green and other shooters to be patient in waiting for the ball to find them.

“If they do what they do, we might have some different mismatches,” Green said. “We might go to that. But we’ve got to continue to play how we play, regardlesss of what kind of defense they play. Attack, drive and kick, find each other and make the extra pass.”

Green admitted the Spurs were surprised the Mavericks decided to switch every screen in Game 1. It was a strategy Dallas had not employed against them all year. Meanwhile, the Mavs employed a zone look — fairly standard for them throughout the regular season — on only one possession."


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Old 04-24-14, 07:45 AM
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Speaking of No-Shows, at least Tommy Lee Jones showed up to support the Spurs last night (pictured sitting next to Peter Holt in lower left side of the in snapshot below). Spurs could have used some of his famous "toughness" last night.

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Old 04-24-14, 04:12 PM
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This isn't a new strategy. The Spurs are just getting impatient about attacking it.
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Old 04-24-14, 08:21 PM
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I would start Belinelli over green .
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Old 04-25-14, 07:42 AM
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I would start Belinelli over green .
Heck no....Beli's defense is HORRIBLE and he's been getting killed everytime the guards drive the lane. DG at least plays solid D even when his shots are not falling.

DG is one of those players who needs a few good looks/shots early in the game to get going. Beli needs to come of the bench to keep the bench strong, plus he and Manu have a nice chemistry when they're on the court together.
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Old 04-25-14, 01:49 PM
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I agree. I think that Marco and Manu can GO OFF at any given time when they are on the floor together. They are a huge part of the reason why our bench is so good/dangerous.
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