Corporate Knowledge: Conceptual talk about the Spurs
With the Spurs’ Western Conference Finals matchup with the Thunder set, we’re going to see a lot of preview content on the Interwebs (and here at 48MoH) over the next few days. But at the same time, there’s a lot of talk about the way the Spurs do their thing, both on the floor and off. Enjoy the attention your team is receiving this time of year.
Mark Deeks at The Basketball Jones: “One alpha dog, two beta dogs, and a few puppies. Few bad eggs, and even the bad eggs they have will play hard. A mixture of age and youth, athleticism and guile, defense and offense, jumpshooting and paint production, transition and halfcourt. Doing so on a smaller budget than most, constantly flirting with (and sometimes paying) the luxury tax, but without ever wanting or wishing to. Finding cheapies, plugging them in, building them up, letting them leave, finding new cheapies. Moving the ball, shooting the ball, rotating, picking and rolling, carpe dieming, with precisely one All-Star in this superteams era. It doesn’t seem that hard, but seemingly no one else can do it this well.”
Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News: “With unprecedented depth built brick-by-brick, fortified by a rejuvenated Duncan (series averages against the Clippers: 21 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks) and powered by a superhuman edition of Tony Parker, the Spurs have played their way into rarified air. Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, for example, never won more than 18 straight.”
Paul Garcia of Project Spurs: “So what happened to Jackson when the Los Angeles Clippers came into town? How did he go from producing Jackson-type numbers to Jefferson-type numbers? Was it just a one-series type of deal? Or, will this trend continue with the Oklahoma City Thunder coming into town on Sunday to begin the Western Conference Finals?”
John Hollinger of ESPN.com (Insider): “While a few of his younger teammates (Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter) are making names for themselves in the playoffs by doing the thing they’d done all season, just now with people watching, it’s a very different story for Diaw. He spent two-thirds of the season on one of the worst teams in history and was one of the main reasons it was so awful.”
It’s a little out there, but Spencer Hall from SB Nation talks about the effectiveness of simplicity and references the Spurs.
Charley Rosen at NBA.com: “Leonard has an even more difficult job — preventing Durant from taking over the series. There’s no way the rookie can contain the NBA’s best point-maker, but he must hit his treys and run himself into easy scores in order to minimize the damage this matchup can create. Fortunately for the Spurs, the rookie plays like a veteran.”