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mrblisterdundee
03-21-2014, 04:24 PM
According to Grantland, the Spurs have the prettiest offense in the NBA: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/let-them-entertain-you-the-beautiful-late-season-spurs-surge/
I'm a Blazers fan, but I can buy it – the Blazers get hot, but the Spurs have way more staying power. They're probably the best team in the league right now and arguably the best small-market team in NBA history.

The chief reason for that involves the humans wearing the jerseys. While the Spurs’ tactical architecture is impressive, it’s implemented by a roster of players dedicated to doing 'the little things,' every possession of every game.
- Kirk Goldsberry, Grantland
What do you think? And what if every team in the league operated like the Spurs?

torocan
03-21-2014, 04:28 PM
If more teams operated like the Spurs we'd be seeing some truly beautiful basketball night in and out instead of some of the nightmare schemes we have to watch now. Unfortunately for the other 29 teams, there's still only ONE Pops.

On a side note, I found the video "the loop" remarkably entertaining. It's amazing that you can get SO much mileage out of a single play. Granted it relies heavily on the BBIQ of the roster, but still... the motion, cutting and decisions while moving are a thing of beauty.

SPURSFAN1
03-21-2014, 04:28 PM
The Spurs also don't practice this time of year. We just play games and rest a lot.

goingfor28
03-21-2014, 04:30 PM
They're unbelievably boring to watch imo but they're damb good. Like a machine.

Hawkeye15
03-21-2014, 04:36 PM
They have a great FO and coach who has stabilized a roster long term, which means you can implement a system, and after a few years, if your core players are the same, you can integrate new players in easily without skipping a beat.

Notice that even in end of game situations, the Spurs stay away from isolation, and run set plays. Hence why they win so many close games.

They are the model of consistency. Arguably the best sports team of the past 20 years, if we measure that entire span.

SanAntonioSpurs23
03-21-2014, 04:37 PM
They're unbelievably boring to watch imo but they're damb good. Like a machine.

:laugh: I didn't think people still felt this way about the Spurs. Is it 2007 again?

Goose17
03-21-2014, 04:39 PM
They're unbelievably boring to watch imo

What? Are you serious? They're easily one of my favourite teams to watch in the West after the Warriors. I've always admired the Spurs, for as long as I can remember. They just play really beautiful team ball. I love it.

CityofChaos
03-21-2014, 04:56 PM
They're unbelievably boring to watch imo but they're damb good. Like a machine.

Excellence is boring?

goingfor28
03-21-2014, 04:58 PM
:laugh: I didn't think people still felt this way about the Spurs. Is it 2007 again?


What? Are you serious? They're easily one of my favourite teams to watch in the West after the Warriors. I've always admired the Spurs, for as long as I can remember. They just play really beautiful team ball. I love it.


Excellence is boring?

They aren't flashy or high flying or crazy athletic. Thats my kind of fun basketball.

D-Leethal
03-21-2014, 05:09 PM
And water is wet.

Raps18-19 Champ
03-21-2014, 05:10 PM
Whenever they face the Raptors, they always have their role players play like stars. So smooth and silky.

flea
03-21-2014, 05:15 PM
Ball movement basketball is always prettier. More often than not, it wins games too.

IndyRealist
03-21-2014, 05:36 PM
It still amazes me that when teams try to emulate the Spurs, and they all do to some extent, all they think is "get the #1 pick and land a Tim Duncan". Establish a core, implement a system, and then find players that fit in. Is it the only way to win? Absolutely not. But if you want to be a perpetual contender for more than a decade, you might want to consider it.

archdevil84
03-21-2014, 05:39 PM
i wonder how things are gonna change for the spurs when duncan and giniboli retire though...

SPURSFAN1
03-21-2014, 06:15 PM
i wonder how things are gonna change for the spurs when duncan and giniboli retire though...

Marco takes manus spot and Kawhi becomes 2nd option and we get cap space to get another great player. Preferably another big.

"I know some people might be disappointed with his apparent lack of production...but when you look past the raw numbers, you can tell he's having a much better season this year:

His 2012-2013 averages: 11.9 ppg (59.2 TS%), 6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.7 spg, .6 bpg, 16.4 USG%, and a 16.4 PER while playing 31.2 mpg

His averages this year: 12.2 ppg (60 TS%), 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.3 TO, 18 USG%, and a 18.6 PER playing 28.9 mpg

His averages in 2014: 13 ppg (67.8 TS%), 6.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.5 TO playing 29.4 mpg

Offensive Synergy stats: 1.06 ppp overall (31st in the league), 5th in isolation plays, 1st in post-ups, 11th on cuts, 25th in transition plays

Defensive Synergy stats: .77 ppp overall (42nd in the league), 45th in isolation plays, 21st on plays where he guards the PnR ballhandler, 8th in guarding hand-offs

Make no mistake: if Kawhi was getting 32-33 mpg, he'd be putting up the numbers some of you were hoping to see coming into this year. When you look at his raw numbers, it looks like he's basically having an identical season compared to last year. But when you throw in the fact he's putting up slightly better numbers while playing LESS minutes, you can tell he's improved noticeably. Also, his USG% has increased, so he does have a bigger role this year, contrary to some people thinking his role hasn't changed at all."


Stole that from spursfan86 spurstalk.

IndyRealist
03-21-2014, 06:55 PM
i wonder how things are gonna change for the spurs when duncan and giniboli retire though...

Duncan and Ginobili are not the players they once were. They can occasionally put up a throwback night, but for the most part it's team ball. I'd say the most important piece on that team right now is Kawhi.

IversonIsKrazy
03-21-2014, 07:26 PM
Their passing ability is honestly amazing. Would a statement like; This is the greatest passing team in NBA history be so off? Their practically the equivalent of FC Barcelona of basketball with their passing ability.

b@llhog24
03-21-2014, 09:24 PM
According to Grantland, the Spurs have the prettiest offense in the NBA: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/let-them-entertain-you-the-beautiful-late-season-spurs-surge/
I'm a Blazers fan, but I can buy it – the Blazers get hot, but the Spurs have way more staying power. They're probably the best team in the league right now and arguably the best small-market team in NBA history.

What do you think? And what if every team in the league operated like the Spurs?

There's no argument. Who's the next closest team?


:laugh: I didn't think people still felt this way about the Spurs. Is it 2007 again?

In a sense I could understand it. They're boringly precise. Watching the Spurs is like knowing your team is gonna get dismantled in the most surgical fashion possible. Gino still brings enough flair by himself that I think they're exciting to watch.


And water is wet.

This.


Their passing ability is honestly amazing. Would a statement like; This is the greatest passing team in NBA history be so off? Their practically the equivalent of FC Barcelona of basketball with their passing ability.

Webber's Kings come to mind.

eDush
03-21-2014, 11:12 PM
Prettiest offense??? What kind of sissy talk is that? Pardon but their offense is boring to watch as a fan of watching exciting basketball. Can't see how their fan base are not bored to sleep when watching them at the ATT Center. Sometimes I think they win by boring their opponents to sleep, Zzzzzzz snore did I miss anything, oh yeah boring. Seriously tho, they play the game right as efficient with tons of veteran leaders with playoffs experience with a HC that demands respect. The team to beat in the west.

Supreme LA
03-22-2014, 12:32 AM
I absolutely love the way the Spurs play. When they're clicking, they're most impressive team to watch. If you don't love watching the Spurs play you don't understand how great team ball can be.

Supreme LA
03-22-2014, 12:35 AM
Their passing ability is honestly amazing. Would a statement like; This is the greatest passing team in NBA history be so off? Their practically the equivalent of FC Barcelona of basketball with their passing ability.

The Bulls were pretty damn good the year they won 72 games. Michael has always been tagged as being a shoot first player, but that season especially the Bulls were an amazing passing team as well.

Duncan = Donkey
03-22-2014, 12:49 AM
I find them incredibly boring to watch. Just a matter of preference.

Rndy
03-22-2014, 07:08 AM
I love how they use the read and react the Bulls implemented their system this year but without Derrick Rose and lack of shooting it doesn't work as smoothly. It's a great scheme and I'm very happy going forward with the Bulls continuing to add shooting and hopefully get our point guard back to penetrate for the read and react.

Spurs make it look so easy the cutting, shooting, pick and rolls, and constant ball movement. With the right personal it's in my opinion one of the best schemes in basketball.

KnicksorBust
03-22-2014, 08:36 PM
The Spurs and the Bulls are coached at such a higher level it is insane. The Spurs are a joy ti watch and the fact that they can be this successful without relying on their starters to play more than 30mpg is amazing.

3Blueforyou
03-22-2014, 09:07 PM
I absolutely love the way the Spurs play. When they're clicking, they're most impressive team to watch. If you don't love watching the Spurs play you don't understand how great team ball can be.

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