Corporate Knowledge: Spurs appreciation, charts

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Bill Simmons of Grantland: “But that’s the thing — if you love basketball and (more important) love watching basketball played correctly, the 2012 San Antonio Spurs have a way of grabbing your attention. They play beautifully together. They pull for each other. They make each other better. They score so easily, and in so many different ways, that you almost can’t even process all the different plays as a whole. On Saturday, they eviscerated the Clippers by scoring 24 straight points in the third quarter, bringing back memories of the ’86 Celtics dropping 25 straight against the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The biggest difference: The Spurs did it on the road. The biggest similarity: Everything else.”

Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas: “Nowitzki’s had his classic battles with the Spurs, including the amazing Game 7 in the 2006 semifinals that propelled Dallas to its first NBA Finals. It was a Spurs team that still included the Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, yet, as Nowitzki pointed out, it is an entirely different style of ball those boys are playing these days and the reigning NBA Finals MVP says all credit goes to this season’s Coach of the Year, Gregg Popovich.”

Rob Mahoney at The New York Times: “If the Thunder are able to generate extra opportunities and thwart the Spurs’ transition game, it could gain a considerable series advantage. Oklahoma City’s half-court defense will be fully stretched and tested as a result of San Antonio’s half-court ball movement, making fast break prevention even more necessary than usual. The Spurs have a way of making every bit of their offense look easy, and eliminating highly efficient transition opportunities should fortify the Thunder’s overall defense.”

Ian Levy at Hickory High: ” The Spurs are a perfect example. Looking at just their offensive outcomes which occurred at least 100 times this season, we are left with a total of 3558 possessions. 1952 of those possessions, or 54.8% were used by either cutters, spot up shooters or screeners in the pick and roll. Across the entire league just 45.9% of offensive outcomes came from those three possession types. The Spurs have found a way to significantly tilt that offensive balance in their favor. They also have managed to be more efficient than average with those less efficient opportunities. The Spurs had 7 different offensive outcomes that occurred at least 100 times that were on the bottom half of that efficiency list (Gary Neal – PnR Ball Handler,Tony Parker – PnR Ball Handler, Manu Ginobili – PnR Ball Handler, Tony Parker – Isolation, Tim Duncan – Post Up, Tiago Splitter – Post Up, DeJuan Blair – Post Up). Of those 7 different offensive outcomes, only three (Tim Duncan– Post Up, Tiago Splitter – Post Up, DeJuan Blair – Post Up) scored at a rate below the league average for that possession type.”

Aaron Preine of Pounding the Rock: “Despite the ancient butting of heads between the states, the bad blood between the two clubs is non-existent. Even the two fanbases seem rather cordial to one another and it doesn’t take much to figure out why. Absent are the memories of cheap in-game shots, inflammatory comments, heated playoff series (unless you roll back to the early 2000′s series against Seattle), and chronicles of mutual disdain between the two clubs. In truth, the absence of any juicy headline-making animosity makes this Western Conference Finals almost feel like a goodwill series. And when you consider the strong feeling of respect between the two clubs, it’s hard to label this fight for the NBA Finals as a rivalry.”

Jimmy Goldstein (via Myles Brown) at GQ: “I gave one of my t shirts to Tim Duncan’s wife last week. She sits right behind me in San Antonio and she loved the shirt. At the game in L.A. the other day, Tim Duncan, who’s a very quiet, reserved guy, came up to me and shook my hand. He thanked me for giving his wife the shirt and said she liked it so much. I asked him, ‘How did you like the t shirt?’ He said, ‘My wife loved the t shirt and that’s the only thing that’s important.’ “

  • Titletown99030507d

    Run, Run, Run again, screen and rolls, and defend that 3 pt arc. The rebounds are ours all series long. The 3 pt bombs will follow.

  • Timetodienow1234

    What does anyone think about getting Gasol? I know we don’t have a lot of trade pieces but they would love Blair and we can do some sign and trades that other teams can’t do because we are so far under the salary cap.

  • Tyler

    @Timetodienow1234

    Assuming we resign TD for about $10M, we won’t have much, if any, cap room in 2012/13.

    As for Gasol, they’ll get much better offers elsewhere.

  • Tyler
  • http://www.48minutesofhell.com Len

    @Timetodienow

    I think Gasol would be a great fit in SA. His passing, outside shot and demeanor would fit very well with the Spurs. But there is hardly any way that the Spurs can get him, at least until his current contract expires.

  • Titletown99030507d

    When his contract expires? He’ll be 34 gpoing on 35 no thanks.