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Old 03-31-04, 09:55 PM
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ARTICLE: Spurs Won't Win Title

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The defending champion Spurs are still one of the NBA's better teams, but don't look for them to win a second straight title. The retirement last summer of David Robinson and the retooling of half the roster have left San Antonio a notch below the Western Conference's two heavyweights: Sacramento (Kirby: Ironic that he writes this the day we kick Sac-town's arse) and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Spurs have won three straight Midwest Division titles, but that streak will come to an end unless San Antonio can overtake the much-improved Timberwolves coming down the stretch.

If San Antonio can't take the division, it hopes to at least land the fourth seed in the West and thus have the homecourt for a potential first-round series against either Dallas or surprising Memphis.

Memphis hasn't given up hope of grabbing the fourth spot itself.

But even if San Antonio does have the homecourt in round one, facing Dallas or Memphis is a real challenge and I would not be surprised if the defending champs go one and done in the postseason.

Nothing is more crucial to San Antonio's fortunes than having Duncan fully recovered from a recent knee injury.

The Spurs were just 5-4 in the nine games the two-time MVP missed while on the mend.

Duncan can put up numbers, but there are ways to attack him, especially with Robinson no longer a part of the picture.

He tends to struggle against some double teams when it comes to passing the ball out.

He's also been turnover prone throughout his career and his free-throw shooting gets away from him from time to time.

If Duncan's play takes a downturn for a game or two come the playoffs, the Spurs will be in a lot of trouble -- no matter the opponent.

GLIMPSES OF ABILITY
I don't think the Spurs have been able to adequately replace Robinson, the franchise's longtime center and defensive anchor.

Missing this season has been Robinson's presence inside, his shot blocking and his experience in knowing how to play with Duncan defensively.

The Spurs signed Rasho Nesterovic as Robinson's replacement.

Nesterovic left Minnesota to play alongside Duncan, but he's not the intimidating defender the Admiral was and he doesn't bang around inside as much -- something that San Antonio needs to take some heat off Duncan.

In recent weeks Nesterovic has elevated his game, but overall this season he just hasn't given the Spurs the consistent play they need at center in order to make Duncan's life easier and his game more effective.

COMINGS AND GOINGS
At the beginning of this season the Spurs' roster listed only six players from the championship team of the previous June.

A key loss was that of backup point guard Speedy Claxton, who signed as a free agent with Golden State.

Also significant was the departure of starting off guard Stephen Jackson, who couldn't agree on a new deal with the Spurs and elected to sign with Atlanta.

In the offseason San Antonio had a pot of money to dole out, but it didn't land marquee free agents Jason Kidd or Jermaine O'Neal.

Among the key additions were Nesterovic, Hedo Turkoglu, Kevin Willis and Robert Horry.

The Spurs always seem to play well in March and April as they seek to find their playoff form.

This spring we've seen more of the same from San Antonio, but I just think the team's chemistry has been a hurt by the number of personnel changes made.

AN OCCASIONAL SORE POINT
Tony Parker played his best point guard when the Spurs needed it most -- in the playoffs.

At times Parker is very good even spectacular, but he's inconsistent.

It seems like when he is good, he is very good and when he's bad, he is horrid.

Parker needs to consistently make the right decisions on when to create for his teammates and when to attempt to score himself.

Sometimes when he gets down on himself he won't look to score, but we can't forget that's not an unusual reaction for a young player (Parker turns 22 on May 17) who is lacking in maturity and experience.

Recently Spurs coach Gregg Popovich began going to Manu Ginobili for around 10 minutes a game as the backup at the point.

I feel, however, that Ginobili is at his best when he is off the ball as a big guard or small forward, slashing around and cutting, getting out into the open floor, making hustle plays and knocking down the occasional three-pointer.

REALITY HITS HOME
In the offseason, Duncan signed a seven-year, $122 million extension to remain with the Spurs.

He did this knowing he would have to play without Robinson.

If he hasn't found out already, come the playoffs Duncan may well realize just how lucky he was to have had the Admiral dropping anchor in the paint all these years.

Duncan and Robinson were the ticket to two NBA titles for San Antonio in the past five seasons.

This spring, however, the Spurs will find they only have half the fare needed for a another championship.

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Normally I'm not one to complain about media very often, but this guy is just a [email protected]$$. He obviously doesn't watch the Spurs play very often.
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Old 03-31-04, 09:59 PM
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Matt Goukas? So that's what happened to him.
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Old 03-31-04, 10:01 PM
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Its garbage.....this team has adjusted better than expected from the lost of the great one, Drob. Ginobili/Parker/Duncan are taking care of the offense and this team is rolling.
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Old 03-31-04, 10:02 PM
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You would have thought that these reporters ate enough crow at the end of the last playoffs. They will never learn....
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Old 03-31-04, 10:05 PM
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Who the hell in the media expected the Spurs to win last year anyway.. screw them
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Old 03-31-04, 10:07 PM
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The writer must have been in a coma until recently.
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Old 03-31-04, 10:09 PM
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ok, whatever u say mr writer
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Old 03-31-04, 10:21 PM
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Old 03-31-04, 10:26 PM
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Please don't post this crap ever again.
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Old 03-31-04, 10:31 PM
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Let's just take care of our business and leave it all that....
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Old 03-31-04, 10:32 PM
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well from time to time i read msnbc and goukas is always dissing the spurs. he is on the lakers and kings bandwagon. i dont think he likes the spurs since the time he coached shaq in orlando and had little success against the spurs and D-rob
if you need a good laugh...head to that website
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Old 03-31-04, 10:38 PM
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Well that was amusing. I'm glad he's so sure of everything about the Spurs.
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Old 03-31-04, 10:50 PM
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Good old Goukas had the Spurs as an 8 seed with a quick playoff exit in 99. He was half right, since the Spurs only lasted 17 games that postseason.
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Old 03-31-04, 10:52 PM
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Under the radar.. just like the Spurs like it.
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Old 03-31-04, 11:07 PM
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MSNBC and Matt Goukas, Ventre, etc the news source that has never found LAL ass that it won't kiss. These are the same news guys who said that Dallas/Nets were going to take it all last year. Screw'em...hacks all.
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He makes some valid points, No. 1 being the question of how this guys blend and play together in the playoffs. But it's all a no brainer, if you look at the rosters, read some of the articles look at some games you can use all that information to come to that conclusion. The reality is that our core guys, Tim, Manu, Bruce, Malik, Tony and Horry aren't going to roll over for anyone. He is guessing that Hedo, Rasho and Hart won't be enough to overcome the losses of key personnel from last year, this is why I say he has a point. But last year Sjax played his best ball in the playoffs, as did Speedy, Manu, Malik and eventually Tim, Tony and Drob. No one saw it coming, this year, I expect Hedo and Rasho to show up, as a Spurs fan I gotta see it that way, guys like this writer just see it as another reason to jump on some other teams bandwagon.
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Old 03-31-04, 11:34 PM
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I'm sorry but MSNBC Sports has been nothing more than another marketing branch of the Los Angeles Lakers. They have been pro-LAL all season long. The coverage is almost exclusionary to any other team. Goukas's argument follows on the same argument that the big media echoed last year, it just boggles their puny brains that a small market team could ever win the championship. I really don't care one way or the other as they can all quote this dogma all they want. I guess we'll be the re-accidental Midwest Champs whatever. Goukas already has egg on his face posting this article that the Kings are a better team than SA on the night Tim and crew proved otherwise. Sorry agree to disagree.
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"Missing this season has been Robinson's presence inside, his shot blocking..."

I certainly hope he saw Rasho tonight!
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Shot blocking? Uh, ok! Rasho is the force inside the paint! 7 blocks tonight baby....get that **** out of here!!!
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Good old Goukas had the Spurs as an 8 seed with a quick playoff exit in 99. He was half right, since the Spurs only lasted 17 games that postseason.


Spurs are looking sawlty.
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The defending champion Spurs are still one of the NBA's better teams, but don't look for them to win a second straight title. The retirement last summer of David Robinson and the retooling of half the roster have left San Antonio a notch below the Western Conference's two heavyweights: Sacramento (Kirby: Ironic that he writes this the day we kick Sac-town's arse) and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The MSNBC JINX. Let's hope they run a similar one befor the LA game ...
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Old 04-01-04, 01:48 AM
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This is funny:

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I don't think the Spurs have been able to adequately replace Robinson, the franchise's longtime center and defensive anchor.

Missing this season has been Robinson's presence inside, his shot blocking and his experience in knowing how to play with Duncan defensively.

The Spurs signed Rasho Nesterovic as Robinson's replacement.

Nesterovic left Minnesota to play alongside Duncan, but he's not the intimidating defender the Admiral was and he doesn't bang around inside as much -- something that San Antonio needs to take some heat off Duncan.

In the offseason, Duncan signed a seven-year, $122 million extension to remain with the Spurs.

He did this knowing he would have to play without Robinson.

If he hasn't found out already, come the playoffs Duncan may well realize just how lucky he was to have had the Admiral dropping anchor in the paint all these years.
Funny, huh? Before Tim arrived, David was averaging 25/11/3 and he was "soft". Last year, David averaged 8 pts 7 reb, but was an "intimidating presence" who "bang[s] around inside".

I really wish media types would get their stories straight.
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Old 04-01-04, 03:10 AM
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The writer must have been in a coma until recently.
exactly what it sounds like
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Knowing Guokas, he'll follow up this article with one about how Duncan doesn't deserve the MVP because of his strong supporting cast.
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Knowing Guokas, he'll follow up this article with one about how Duncan doesn't deserve the MVP because of his strong supporting cast.
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