Corporate Knowledge: Fallout from the end of the streak

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Marc Stein, ESPN.com: “The Spurs? They just march on. The winning streak finally ended Thursday night with a rather predictable 106-94 defeat to their uberathletic Lex Luthors from Oklahoma City, on the second night of a back-to-back, but it seems safe to suggest — using the 76 games of evidence in our possession — that San Antonio’s first loss since a Feb. 21 setback in Phoenix shouldn’t leave much of a mark.  If you want a glimpse of how spry and feisty the Spurs feel, with the playoffs slightly more than two weeks away now, consider that the aforementioned Parker and Duncan successfully lobbied Popovich to let them play against the Thunder, when the circumstances had numerous Pop-watchers convinced that each of his three seen-it-all sages would be in street clothes for San Antonio’s fifth game in eight days.”

Paul Garcia, Project Spurs: “52% of the Spurs’ shots were uncontested, but they weren’t the normal uncontested shots. Instead, these were rushed attempts just to get a shot off before a Thunder defender could recover. Of the 45 shots the Thunder defense did contest, the Spurs only made 18 of them (40%). Against elite defenses, the Spurs’ offense is tested and has shown it struggles recently. Against the Pacers recently, the Spurs finished with just 18 assists and zero secondary assists. The Thunder also limited the Spurs to 18 assists and just five of their assists were secondary assists.”

Royce Young, CBS Sports: “The Thunder play with a certainly recklessness, while the Spurs are the antithesis, relying more on sturdy, systematic offense. The Spurs play a gentleman’s game. The Thunder play with unfiltered chaos. And those contrasting styles seem to tip in the Thunder’s favor, particularly because of their speed, athleticism and length. It’s just a problem for the Spurs. Gregg Popovich, though, explained it in a simpler way: ‘They’re a hell of a basketball team.’ That works, too.”

Eric Freeman, Ball Don’t Lie: “The Spurs will probably not be particularly sad to see their winning streak end. On Monday, when the streak was at 18 wins, Parker joked that head coach Gregg Popovich likely would prefer for the streak to end sooner rather than later. On the same day, Popovich told media that the team does not set numerical goals beyond playing their best come playoff time. The end of a regular-season winning streak won’t keep them up at night. That’s not to say that this loss was a bed of roses and gumdrops. The Spurs have now failed to win any of their four games against the Thunder this season, with two of those losses coming by double digits. Although the Spurs figure to have homecourt advantage through the conference finals, the Thunder represent their toughest matchup by a considerable margin. They can take some solace in the fact that longtime catalyst Manu Ginobili sat out Thursday’s game, but they clearly have more trouble OKC than they do with any other contender.”

Conrad Kaczmarek, SB Nation: “Kendrick Perkins is trying to be scary and intimidating. Tim Duncan is neither scared nor intimidated. Instead, he laughs.”

  • wannabe_fake_tough_guy

    “Instead, he laughs.” So THAT’S why Timmy got T’d up! Funny, I didn’t see Joey Crawford last night…

  • DorieStreet

    And what helped the Thunder limit the Spurs too 18 assists, and 5 secondary ones? OKC stole the ball 18 -EIGHTEEN- times.

  • interxavier

    Can you do an article on the next ‘Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker’? Or is there already one? (I’m new to this site)

    Who do you guys think will be the next big three for the Spurs? We seem to have knack for turning first year players into effective role-players.