I shouldn't be writing this. I've got so many more important matters to worry about than waste my time blabbing about how irritating it is to read people demand the TITIT (Tim-Tiago Tandem) in the early goings of the heartbreaking loss to the supposed-to-be cellar-dwelling Sacramento Kings... then later on getting so irritated, errrr furious myself about Pop's decision to keep Timmeh on the bench during the crucial minutes of that game.
We Spurnatics may differ in so many ways we want our team handled, but I sure as hell know that we all don't like the feeling of losing, much less to a team we should be beating black and blue. There's an easy way out of this gripe-hole and blame it all on Manu's injury... but that's getting a little bit too redundant of a reason and boring, isn't it? Anyway, I will just try to share my opinion about what Pop is trying to do by not having TITIT, like what most of us want, in any of our games thus far.
Coach Pop only has the luxury of having two legitimate bigmen in Timmeh and Tiago. Blair and Bonner don't really fit the traditional description of a big man. I can only deduce one particular reason why Pop refuses to use the TITIT in the first 3 quarters and early in the 4th quarter, and that is to minimize the BLABOT (Blair-Bonner Tandem). We often complain about the deficiencies of Blair and Bonner, especially on the defensive end. Blair is short and likes to gamble on defense, while Bonner, although a little bit more disciplined on D, is too slow with a one-inch vertical leap. Having both of them together on the floor would be a defensive nightmare for us Spurs fans.
This, I think, among other things, is probably the reason why we don't see Tiago starting alongside Timmeh. Now, we go to the reason why Pop rarely (or has he?) plays Tiago and Timmeh together in the dying minutes of a crucial game... particularly, that one against the Kings that got away. Oh wait! I can't think of any other reason except Pop trying to impress people too much by opting not to use his best defensive weapon (Timmeh) and still win it... I know you'd say that Pop isn't like that... but fact of the matter is that the guy has an ego, too. I just hope he doesn't waste any more W's with that alleged (by me) stupid reason.
By the way, please stop those calls for trades already. I'm quite sure we won't be having any of that this season... and I'm quite brave to say that I somehow agree with that decision by the PATFO to keep this roster intact. I believe this team has what it takes to take it all the way to the top. Blair may be undersized and Bonner may be tad slow, but these guys provide intangibles to a team that needs toughness and quickness (Blair) and outside sniping to spread the floor (Bonner), consequently opening up driving lanes for our guards and wingmen, not to mention declogging the shaded area for Timmeh and/or Tiago to operate a little bit easier.
We ought to take the good with the bad... and I think the good still outweighs the bad. So we're still good, aren't we?
Well, I think I'll stop my rant here. I still have to finish my thesis draft if I want to get my graduate degree in Physics by March this year. Wish me luck and wish our Spurs more luck! c",?