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Posts Tagged ‘ San Antonio Spurs ’

Bosh, Heat interior defense are just plain soft

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  The interior defense of the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals was so soft, it probably had Don Nelson somewhere grinning. While the San Antonio Spurs also gave up their fair share of easy buckets during the game, those came off of late rotations. That is something that can be, and...
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Why Spurs will beat Heat in 6

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  Last year, this writer (and scout…and coach…) picked the Miami Heat to win in six games. Okay, so I was one game off. Leading up to this season’s rematch, I was inclined to duplicate that prediction. Then something happened, something nostalgic…..   With the Tony Parker in the locker room this past Saturday,...
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Scouting Report: Indiana Pacers defense vs San Antonio Spurs

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 Scouting: Indiana Pacers Defense Opponent: San Antonio Spurs (3/31/14)  Matchups: Hill – Parker Stephenson – Green George – Leonard West – Duncan * Hibbert – Splitter   *Pacers began w/ cross-match, then switched Hibbert onto Duncan midway thru 1st                     Strategy- vs PnR: go over screens w/ PF-C containing until G can recover vs off-ball...
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Scouting Report: San Antonio Spurs 1st quarter vs Miami Heat

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Date: 3/6/14 Scouting: San Antonio Spurs – 1st quarter offense Opponent: Miami Heat Lineups:  Parker, Green, Leonard, Diaw, Duncan  –  Chalmers, Wade, Battier, James, Bosh Score: 37-22. Spurs put on offensive clinic in halfcourt, scoring 22 pts in paint (equaling Heat total).   Qtr Summary: 23 total possessions (17 scores, including 8 of 10...
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Identity Crisis: Winning in the NBA is simple

  What’s the key to winning in the NBA? Of course, you need talent…any coach will tell you that. But it’s not a pick-up game, there’s more to being a GM than just choosing a bunch of freaks for your squad. There has to be a clear team identity. This is the synthesis of a coaching staff’s philosophy and a roster’s...
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The best landing spot for Greg Oden is…..

  According to Yahoo Sports, free agent center Greg Oden will pick the site of his comeback attempt next week. Of the six teams in the mix, let’s see which one is the best one for him right now…..   Miami Heat - I don’t like it. There’s too much media attention down in Miami,...
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Spurs steal Pacers’ Pendergraph

  The San Antonio Spurs made a quiet move today, but one that will pay dividends in the playoffs (should they make it).   The team has come to terms with PF Jeff Pendergraph on a two-year deal (according to Yahoo Sports). The bruiser, and all-out-energy big’, will fit in great under Coach Pop. Indiana was unable...
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Spurs add Marco Belinelli

  The foreign flavor continues down in San Antonio…..   According to Yahoo! Sports, Marco Belinelli has agreed to a two-year deal worth $6 million to join the Spurs. The Bulls’ free agent could have maybe gotten more had he waited out for more offers, but the chance to join San Antonio’s winning culture was...
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Spurs make costly mistake paying Splitter, Ginobili

  I had a difficult time finishing my lunch yesterday when I saw that the Spurs, with no other bidders involved, simply gifted free agent Tiago Splitter $38 million over the next four years. That’s right, the 6-10 stiff with very limited offense (and even less athleticism) will make $9 million every year until 2017. Still wondering...
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Diaw, Bayless exercise options

  Two possible free agents from the Western Conference Finals series both decided to stay with their current teams, picking up their player-options for the 2013-14 season.   Boris Diaw wisely decided that his $4.7 million salary next year would not be duplicated if he put himself on the free agent market. His best...
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Finals Recap: Heat won with strategy, not talent

  On the surface, it would appear that the more talented stars of the Miami Heat prevailed over the better coach and “team” of the San Antonio Spurs. After all, the Heat did appear to have the best two players on the court by the time the Finals ended. However, it wasn’t talent that won the day for Miami…..it was their strategy.  ...
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Lebron goes ‘Larry Bird’ as Heat win championship

  Lebron James looked confused against the sagging Spurs’ defense last week. In Game 7 tonight, he looked like Larry Bird.   The Miami Heat truly survived against San Antonio in the final game of the 2013 NBA Finals with hustle, tough defense, and great shooting efforts from a number of guys. The game started with a lot...
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And the hero of Game 7 is…..

  Hold the cliches and verbosity…..tonight is just a basketball game. You can’t script it, you can’t predict it, you can’t number-crunch it…..but you can look at trends. Based on those trends, the hero of Game 7 seems pretty obvious.   Lebron James is excluded from this list. He will be great and very...
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No Choke: Miami flat-out won Game 6

  The vibe in the NBA Finals the day after Game 6 is pretty clear around the world. With a five-point lead under a minute to play…and the championship trophy literally on its way onto the court…..the Spurs choked the game away. But if you watched the entire game and closely look at Miami’s gameplan last night, you’ll...
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Game 6 was an instant classic

  You couldn’t ask for a better Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals…..well, unless you’re a Spurs fan.   From the start, the energy in the arena and on the court was reminiscent of a Game 7. The pace was up as both teams were running it at the other. While neither team...
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