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Zach and Kevin say Spurs are the best Team in the NBA - "In a Vacuum"

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Zach Lowe and Kevin Arnovitz talk about the Clippers as contenders, say that, "Spurs fans wanna say that we don't recognize them. That is, let's full stop right now, that's the best team in the NBA. Um, and the Clippers have a claim to that, just from sheer statistical dominance, especially since Paul came back, but they have some rotation uncertainty that is a little bit worrisome right now, whereas the Spurs have everyone, and they are humming. And, you know, they're predictable, and we know how they play and we know what they are going to do; we also know that Oklahoma City has over the last 3 years really won that matchup kinda handily which is the #1 reason I would pick the Thunder to come out of the West, because if that's 1-2 and that's the conference finals, I like the Thunder in that series. But sort of, in a vacuum, the Spurs right now are the best team in the NBA." Yep, they recognize, them, but spend all of their time talking about the Clippers instead, and then in the context of "recognizing them" as the best team in the NBA, spend the whole time talking about how the Thunder own them, are more athletic, and took them apart TWO YEARS AGO. These are the same talking heads that say that are quick to say that the regular season doesn't mean anything. It was guys like these, and maybe THESE guys that said that the Spurs couldn't beat Utah and Clippers two years ago because of the dominant bigs, that picked the Lakers last year, because, you know, Howard and Gasol. Picked the GSW because of youth, athleticism and shooting. Picked Memphis because of bigs again. You don't hear them saying how the Clippers have been owned by the Spurs in the regular season and especially the playoffs the last few years. Instead they look at current, relevant information. The double standard is frustrating - but they can't see it, probably because they are WATCHING Clips, Thunder, Heat, and even Pacer and GSW games, and looking at box scores for the Spurs. So yeah, we’re going to complain that ESPN doesn’t recognize the Spurs. I think Henry Abbot may be the only ESPN writer that actually watches Spurs games.

NBA passing diagram

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This is a pretty infographic on passing between starters of each team. My only comment is, pass to Kawhi more often dammit!

The Spurs' great H-E-B commercial legacy

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A nice article with some choice H-E-B commercials by the Spurs. From ESPN.

Awesome Q&A with Matt Bonner!

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There's only 6 questions, but they're all pretty great!

Analytics Art: NBA passing graphic

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NBA.com looks at passing with all teams starting 5. Cool graphic.

Unstoppable Spurs Offence! (1 of 6)

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The BSPN routinely ignores beautiful Spurs offence for one-on-one iso 'highlights' (even in games where the Spurs win!). These gems on Youtube are a great fix - especially before a game of pick-up ball. Sharing is caring!

What is the Gregg Popovich System?

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A different look at the "system" with gifs included.

Other "potentials" for theSpace Jam 2 movie including our very own TD

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Tim Duncan is mentioned as a "potential." It is quite funny.

Edward Tufte on Sports Analytics

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Tufte is one of my heroes. His classic books on data visualization, like the seminal Visual Display of Quantitative Information, has had a huge impact on me. So I was pleasantly surprised to find this nice summary of his talk at the MIT Sloan Conference. Hopefully there's other Tufte fans out there.

Pop interview

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An interesting interview about his approuch on the offensive end and his coaching style. Here's a quote: "I think that communication thing really helps them. It engenders a feeling that they can actually be in charge. I think competitive character people don’t want to be manipulated constantly to do what one individual wants them to do. It’s a great feeling when players get together and do things as a group. Whatever can be done to empower those people …"

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