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There was a great piece up over at The Classical by Ian Levy (@hickoryhigh) about the Spurs and their Process and what the team means to non-Spurs fans. I think it's definitely worth a read if you missed it. Here's an excerpt, but don't think I included the best part:
More than any other organization in today's NBA, the Spurs are about process. A close enough view of what the team does would reveal hundreds of smaller, interlocking processes-evaluating draft prospects, negotiating contracts, teaching collaboration, spacing the floor, handling rotations, finding a shooter in the weak-side corner, pairing an appropriate Cabernet with the braised lamb that Coach Popovich is having for dinner-that all combine to make the greater Process that guides the team. These processes are not chosen arbitrarily, and none are taken more lightly than any other. They are arrived at after a process of testing and calibration, and they are adhered to passionately, and subjected to a continual cycle of testing and calibration.
Over at 49 Minutes of Hell, Trevor Zickgraf handed out his grades in El Conclusion. He was pleased with the performance and gave Baynes and Bonner an A+. About Baynes:
Great, great game for Baynes. Knew he had a size advantage against this Philadelphia team and he exploited it as much as he could. One thing that's becoming more and more abundantly clear is the fact that while his lateral quickness isn't great, Baynes is really mobile for a guy his size. He fills the lane so well and knows how to move without the ball.
Michael Erler gave us his recap of the game and earlier in the day, with Michal Dye, gave us the last "Portrait of the Spurs" with their Portrait of Tim Duncan. I thought he did a great job with the piece:
Duncan has always burned to win, every bit as maniacal and sociopathic as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods or anyone else that the infernal, endless economy-driven hype machine celebrates ad infinitum.
If you missed that post, I highly recommend it.
Matt Carey, in his recap, over at Liberty Ballers writes,
I admire the Sixers gameplan of relying on the three ball. The problem is continuing to trot guys out there who have no business shooting that many threes in warmups, let alone in actual NBA games.
In a little non-game related news, it seems that the Marc Gasol rumors have started flying around. Matt Moore has a solid take on the whole thing at CBS Sports. We'll see what happens, there's a lot to be seen before next July rolls around, but Matt's take is worth reading. An excerpt:
San Antonio, however, presents everything a smart basketball player wants. A team-first attitude (which Gasol has and loves), a plethora of gifted passers and shooters (again, check), international flavor (Gasol spent his adolescence in Memphis but is still Spanish, you know?) and Gregg Popovich (the best coach he could ever play for). It's a small market, it has an established hierarchy of talent, it is always in contention, the ownership, management, and coaching staff is stable (and you can bet Popovich will re-think retirement if he gets to coach Gasol into his late 30's along with Kawhi Leonard).
We'll be back after the Cavs game on Wednesday, hopefully with the Spurs picking up another W.