Corporate Knowledge: Tim Duncan is (expletive) good

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“(Expletive) you’re good.”

-DeMarcus Cousins to Tim Duncan, via the Sacramento Bee

DeMarcus Cousins isn’t particularly insightful with this statement. He’s likely watched Duncan for most of his life, been matched up with him a few times, so it’s not like this is some profound epiphany. But the brutally simple and blunt delivery Cousins chose to deliver this message makes this perhaps my favorite quote of the year so far.

Tim Duncan is still good, and perhaps he shouldn’t be. But he’s been getting stronger over the second half of the season, and that’s been enough of a surprise that we should also express that fact so colorfully.

  • Over at the Express-News blog Spurs Nation, Tim Griffin presses pause on the excitement to note that the Spurs still aren’t an elite defensive team. Noteworthy is a quote from Gregg Popovich that might make some fans angry, but is absolutely true:

    “For our part, we spend more time on our offense these  days because our defense won’t be as good as our defense used to be in the past,” Popovich said. “It just won’t be. So we have to pick  it up some place, so we are a little bit faster paced.”

  • Fixing defensive woes isn’t as simple as not playing Matt Bonner or emphasizing it even more in practice. And as nice as it would be to bring in a 7-foot shot blocker to help Duncan inside, most of the salary is tied up into the core of the team. Elite defenses are built around elite defensive players, and finding those guys along the front line can be expensive. Duncan has aged beyond the capacity to anchor one, so instead the Spurs have compensated in other areas.
  • The Spurs still pay more than tribute to defense, which is good, because for every string of stops the Spurs put together they are able to put up points in a hurry, as the Kings found out last night. Over at Hardwood Paroxysm, Jared Dubin breaks down the scoring binge that put away the Sacramento Kings.
  • Over at ESPN’s think tank Hoop Idea, it feels like Henry Abbott and Beckley Mason are trying to solve for everything the Spurs currently exploit, so it comes as no surprise that a Spur, Tony Parker, would win their first Flop of the Night Award.My thoughts? If you want to solve for flopping, don’t extend your elbow and set illegal screens in the first place.
  • Manu Ginobili is rounding into form, but he’s also different. J.R. Wilco of Pounding the Rock details how.
  • Even as an offense-oriented team, the recent additions have been enough that Sekou Smith over at NBA.com believes that the Spurs are primed for another extended playoff run.
  • Over at Hoops World, Lang Greene thinks the Spurs are loaded up for one final title run. I disagree. When the core of your team gets to a certain age, if you keep saying this is the last run, eventually you’ll be right.But I think the Spurs can still be relevant the next season or two. After all, Tim Duncan is still (expletive) good.
  • http://www.poundingtherock.com J.R. Wilco

    Who’s that bald-headed guy in the photo wearing # 24?

    I don’t seem to recognize anyone like that playing for our team right now.

  • spursfanbayarea

    Was at the game last night. Great win and even more impressive given how many games we played. 5 games in 6 nights. Observations from the game. Could see that parker was definitely tired. didnt have the usual quick bursts. But parker still did what was needed in fourth. Also what was impressive was how kawai got his points. Mostly off of hustle and no set plays. The kings could not keep up with our high low post passing. generated so many open looks. splitter was a bit rusty and got owned by cousins.

  • Justinray

    keep grindin! GO SPURS GO!!!!!!

  • DorieStreet

    So why can’t the Spurs get back into the top 5-10 in the league defensive standings?

  • SAJKinBigD

    @DorieStreet: I think mostly because there’s no Bowen and Tim’s not what he once was defensively; he has stretches of it, but he does not DOMINATE defensively the way he did 5 years ago. Makes a big difference on how the rest of the team applies defensive pressure. I think they might be able to get close to top ten-ish next season if things progress with Kawhi the way it looks like he will, but until they get another serious defensive presence in the paint, I just don’t see it happening.

  • Titletown99030507d

    @spursfanbayarea,

    Everybody got owned by Cousins. Even Timmy and Blair. He lost some weight and it helped his game not to mentioned his head is screwed on a little better this season. He’s the real deal. (Repost reply to your reposted comment)

  • ChrisTx

    GO SPURS GO AND THANKS FOR ALL THE GREART ARTICLES.
    Could you guys please update the image above since RJ is no longer a SPUR?

    Merci!

  • theghostofjh

    @DorieStreet

    It’s too late in the season at this point. That said, we should strive to be a top ten defensive team from this point forward. We do have better personnel now, the young guys are improving, we seem to have good chemistry, and if we continue to exploit our depth advantage we can keep players more fresh & healthy, which can help with sustaining a higher level of defensive intensity. But our team is simply not constructed to be top-five as were our teams of the past. We would now have to win more through offensive firepower/execution, and with “enough” defense. Hopefully we have enough of both.

  • theghostofjh

    @ChrisTx

    Yeah, get Leonard in the starting five photo at the top of the Corporate Knowledge posts! Good idea! After all, we all love Leonard!

  • michael

    as what i’ve said before we still need a big fella who can help timmy down low, as Duncan is good as he does, he is not young anymore his lateral movement in the defense is a little bit slow, compared before, and that is the reason why our opponents reached always a big numbers inside the paint, a lot of dunks, that we must prevent on that area, if we have one more big men that can help Timmy together in the paint, i am definitely sure that we will get another title again…. HUWAAAAHHHH….

  • SAJKinBigD

    I support the Leonard in the CK pic! Should be TD, Tony, Manu, Jax and KL in that pic!

  • theghostofjh

    @SAJKinBigD

    Jack just got here. Blair as a starter over the last two seasons, in which the team has won nearly 80% of its games, should clearly still remain in the pic.

  • SAJKinBigD

    @theghostofjh: Fair ’nuff. I’ll give ya Blair over Jax. I guess I’m a little giddy that Capt Jack is back, is all.

  • theghostofjh

    @SAJKinBigD

    Yeah, I’m happy about Jax return also.

  • http://insurancecompanyratingssite.com Gary

    The Spurs are a class organization. We have enjoyed watching them since the days of David and Timmy. I am glad they added the players recently for insurance in their title chase.

  • theghostofjh

    What happened to all the previous comments?

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    We had some problems the last couple of days with our WordPress plugins, including the comment system we normally use. The last couple of days the default commenting system was in place. Now we’ve got Disqus back and we’re back to normal commenting procedure. I would imagine the comments left under the default system are gone.

  • theghostofjh

    Okay, thank you. Glad the Disqus system is back.

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