I told myself I'd stay away from the forum on gameday. (nothing personal guys )
After game 6, I was just very demoralized by that loss. I stayed away from social media, and I just chose to watch the game in peace, w/o seeing any baiting, bickering, complaining about refs, etc... It was the last game, and I just wanted to enjoy our guys last game and be proud, regardless of the results.
Now that I've had some time to clear my head, just a few things I wanted to mention-
Duncan- My god, this guy gave it his all. I felt worse for him, and he's going to beat himself up over that missed shot, but he gave it his all on both ends, and it sucks he's gotta go back to "reality" almost and deal with his personal problems, but I mean that guy was amazing. I don't know if he retires or not, but it was a pleasure watching him trying to do whatever it took these finals. I hope he gets another run at it next year.
Leonard- This kid is amazing. He plays hard, he doesn't get rattled, doesn't trash talk, and is just a perfect fit. He was arguably the most consistent Spur in the finals on both ends. His knee will get some much needed rest this summer, and I know it won't take him long to get back to work on improving his game. If these finals have taught us anything, I hope it shows Pop that this kid needs a bigger role on the offensive side. He's far more than just a spot up shooter from the corner.
Ginobili- I was very proud at how he bounced back. He was attacking, getting to the FT line, hit a big 3 late in the game. It was much like his Game 5 bounce back game. He had more bad games than good in this series, but I loved the way he competed. You can tell he just doesn't want to lose, and he did all he could. I don't know if he walks away or not, but I would not mind having him back for the right price.
Parker- I don't know what to say. He carried us most of the season/playoffs. I don't know if it was the hamstring, but he just wasn't himself. I know he can't always drive by when Lebron defends him, but he adjusted in the GS series. He would shoot the mid-range shot with confidence coming off the screens. He didn't really do much of that and just looked like a totally different player.
Pop- I have only a 1 beef with Pop, and it's the fact that he rode Neal so long instead of going to Diaw. Diaw was making things happen, even hit a 3, and he's far more valuable on the defensive end. Not to mention, it's another big body to help Kawhi & Timmy on the boards. I get playing Green despite his struggles cause he plays hard on defense. But I don't understand the lack of time for Diaw. I felt he was very underutilized this series.
Green- well he played well and Miami adjusted to him, give them credit. This off-season, I'd like to see him work on some moves off the dribble and his ball handling. Driving into the lane and trying that floater works like 5% of the time. He doesn't drive confidently and if he's not confident, then he won't get results. I hope to see him work on that and become more than just a spot up shooter. You can never have too many guys who can create/shoot off the dribble.
Those are the main things I wanted to touch on, and get your guys thoughts and see how everyone is dealing with it. I'm of course disappointed in how the season ended, but I'm proud of some of these guys. Give Miami credit, we dared Lebron to shoot all series, and he knocked down shots in the biggest game. Same for Battier, those guys made all the difference.
Our young guys have plenty of room to grow, and I know this off-season we could see some totally new faces, but 1 thing we know is this front office will never put us in a position where we won't be successful. The team will have some $ to play with, and I trust they'll do what the need to do to try and get Tim #5. 2012 WCF loss 2013 Finals loss... Let's hope we can get 1 step further in 2014 and break our odd year trend!
I'm sure you guys are familiar with the quote the Spurs have in their locker room from Jacob Riis.
He has another quote as well that is inspiring-“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” Jacob Riis
Just figured I'd share"Some defeats are only installments to victory."
As long as this team stays committed to playing defense, they will be in position to be successful. I hope you guys are doing good! I take losses in the regular season hard at times, so losing game 7 in the finals is definitely a *****! But we'll be back.
Congrats to the Heat & their fans, sometime down the line i'll be able to really appreciate this series and just how great/exciting it was.