FanPost

Update on a Dare


Twenty days ago I wrote a Dare to the Spurs Bench that expected us to win four out of five before the All Star Break, saying, "This would put us at 42 wins in the first half."

The bench responded tremendously in the absence of Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and even Tony Parker - with excellent play by Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green and continued stability from Tiago Splitter, and indeed we are at 42-14 and on target still for 60 wins

It may not be significant that Jack was out during this stretch, but in his absence other guys off the bench stepped up. Jack takes a lot of ill-advised shots. It's great when they go in, but ... Kawhi's corner three, called on the fly on a moment's notice after a foul-to-give and executed perfectly as a result of "thousands of times in practice," was way better than isolating for a match-up - especially when Tony going up-and-under is the other option on that play. Three D's ... drive, draw dish.

I'm now hoping for three out of four to wrap up the Rodeo Trip. We can beat the Kings tonight and the Suns twice and we won't lose to both the Clippers and Warriors. One of them is acceptable. I think we can handle the Warriors.

But the point of the dare is to expect the bench to win these games. I was suggesting instilling confidence by making them have to win in tough situations on the road - as preparation for the playoffs. I want them to grow in confidence and stature and overcome last year's disappearance against OKC in the Finals.

I don't mind losing these games with the bench on the floor at key moments - we probably don't need the wins in the end to win the division and home court, but that is what I meant by daring the bench to win 60 games. I want these wins to come from the hands of Tiago, Kawhi and Danny. Not Manu, Tim and Tony. I want them to continue building confidence and getting tougher.

So far, so good. Now Three out of Four to end the trip. It isn't going to be easy. Let's get it done.

Go Spurs Go.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Pounding The Rock

You must be a member of Pounding The Rock to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pounding The Rock. You should read them.

Join Pounding The Rock

You must be a member of Pounding The Rock to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pounding The Rock. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker