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MavericksFan5912
01-26-2009, 04:42 PM
I found this in the Weekend Dime on ESPN.com:

"Why are the Spurs still considered contenders?

They were lucky to beat the Lakers last week -- Roger Mason wasn't fouled and Trevor Ariza didn't travel at the end -- and then they were killed by the Sixers, barely beat the Bulls and are struggling against the Bobcats today.

Seems to me that you "analysts" are too afraid to count out a team that has been successful over the years. All good things must come to an end. I just wish some of these experts would have the stones to say it. You guys seem to be so scared of being wrong sometimes.

The Spurs are a middle-of-the-pack team. Accept it."

Discuss.

fluid.forty.one
01-26-2009, 04:55 PM
Spurs are 2nd in the west. They're fine.

grndmstr_c
01-26-2009, 05:05 PM
There are precisely four teams in the NBA that can be considered fine at this point. Three of them are in the East, and the fourth one just beat the Spurs yesterday.

Windmill360
01-26-2009, 05:07 PM
"Middle of the pack" is still light years away from everyone below them.

Afraid to admit that they are old and done? We've been saying that the last 3+ years and every year they prove us wrong. Sorry, i'm not willing to admit it anymore until they fail to make the playoffs at least two consecutive years, otherwise they are still the second best team in the west and arguably the league.

They had a lot of people on this forum fooled when they started out so badly. Not me.

ty
01-26-2009, 05:20 PM
I'd love to be the Spurs right now.

ghazi
01-26-2009, 05:38 PM
This is the worst edition of the Spurs in the Tim Duncan era IMO.

I think the gap between the Lakers and the rest of the West is extremely large.

Another note, the Spurs have had statistically the EASIEST schedule in the NBA thus far, and are a meager 29-14 with a margin of +2.9. They could easily have 2-3 more losses if not for some lucky shots. They're 2nd on account of the fact that nobody in the West this year is impressive outside of the Lakers.

I think their window is closed, but they still are one of the 2-3 best teams in the West.

They've lost 6 straight @ Staples, I don't see them beating the Lakers in 7.

Everyones window is technically closed though, Lebron is winning the next 3-4 titles.

The Western conference playoffs are probably just a formality. The Lakers won the WEst last year w/o Bynum/Ariza, they're back this year, the Suns/Mavs/Hornets/Spurs have regressed, the Rockets/Jazz are injury riddled, Blazers are too soft/young, and Nuggets best player is a playoff underachieving loser, who is seriously gonna beat the Lakers in the West?

Underdog
01-26-2009, 06:03 PM
The Spurs are gonna win it all again if you guys keep talking like this before the All-Star break...

ghazi
01-26-2009, 06:07 PM
They need another big IMO to combat the Lakers. matt frickin Bonner in the starting lineup is a joke.

MavsFanFinley
01-26-2009, 07:33 PM
I think the Spurs are fine but will need to find another big man to compete with the Lakers. And Boston or Cleveland should they get past the Lakers and to the finals.

Big men are not exactly laying around but I suspect they make a small trade near the deadline. It won't be anyone you expect but they will contribute. The Spurs always pull this kind of thing off. And they always prove the doubters wrong.

fluid.forty.one
01-26-2009, 08:32 PM
The Spurs are gonna win it all again if you guys keep talking like this before the All-Star break...

This same thing happens every other year.

purplefrog
01-26-2009, 10:43 PM
Spurs are kinda interesting this year. They go out and get a shooter in Roger Mason... to go with another shooter Matt Bonner..... and now they sign Croshere (another supposed shooter) to another 10 day contract. Oh, and don't forget Finley, another shooter. All of this activity and then we hear Popovich complain (a couple of days ago) that the players are playing pathetic defense. Hmmmmm.... I wonder why.

nikeball
01-27-2009, 12:45 AM
Odd year = Spurs ftw

MavericksFan5912
01-27-2009, 09:53 AM
See, I don't see the Spurs being able to win or even compete in a 7 game series against L.A., Cleveland, Orlando or Boston - and I think that New Orleans and a healthy Houston could make a stab at stealing a 7 game series against them...

I don't think that they're a contender this year at all.

nikeball
01-27-2009, 09:55 AM
Am I the only one not buying into the Orlando hype?

MavsFanFinley
01-27-2009, 10:14 AM
Spurs are kinda interesting this year. They go out and get a shooter in Roger Mason... to go with another shooter Matt Bonner..... and now they sign Croshere (another supposed shooter) to another 10 day contract. Oh, and don't forget Finley, another shooter. All of this activity and then we hear Popovich complain (a couple of days ago) that the players are playing pathetic defense. Hmmmmm.... I wonder why.

It is strange. Pop has gone for more offensive minded players this year than he has in previous years. He's also limiting Bowen's minutes a lot. It goes beyond wanting to have him rested for the playoffs imo.

The defense hasn't been that bad considering the starting lineup. It's just not the Spurs defense we've seen before.

EDIT: The Spurs didn't sign Austin Croshere to another 10 day contract as expected. The Spurs must be looking at someone else then.

Spurs Fan
01-27-2009, 02:40 PM
It hasn't been peaches and cream in Spursland so far, but I'm not counting them out yet. I think all Spurs fans realize that we need an athletic big to really compete, but I don't know who (if anybody) is on the radar.

I do know that if history is an indicator, this is the time of year that we come together as a team, and start to play our best ball of the year. Time will tell if that holds true this year.

I'm still optimistic.

ghazi
01-27-2009, 03:19 PM
Am I the only one not buying into the Orlando hype?

That hype has been silenced a little after losses to the Celtics/Heat. I don't think they can win a title but outside of LA/Boston/Cleveland nobody has has played better than them.

At the end of the day I think they're overreliant on the 3-PT shot and Dwight's offensive game is too raw. They'll lose if/when they run into the Cavs/Celtics.

Dtownsfinest
01-28-2009, 03:08 PM
I see people have fallen for the trap lol. I will never right the Spurs off again. Especially when they have Three of the most dominant players in the league and one of the best coaches to ever coach in this league. Especially in the odd year. And don't they always go on a run to get into the playoffs? Around the all star break? Seems a bit premature to write them off.

ghazi
01-28-2009, 03:25 PM
I only write them off because they seem inable to beat the Lakers. For all of Pop and and the big 3's greatness they have always had trouble v the Lakers in the playoffs, have lost 6 straight at Staples and 2-3 of them have been in blowout fashion.

MavsFanFinley
01-28-2009, 06:29 PM
I'm surprised Pop waved the white flag in the last Laker game. I think they were only down 13 at the start of the 4th quarter yet he had the big 3 on the bench.

If only Bonner and Mason hit half the open shots they took.