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When the Spurs said goodbye to Marco, CoJo and Tiago and added Aldridge and West, they didn't just give up a lot of corporate knowledge, they fundamentally changed type of players they'd had -- adding certain skills and losing others. As we know, Pop caters his system to what his players do well, which means making changes to they way the Spurs play. Here's an explanation of those changes.

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I don't write as much as I used to, and even then I don't write as well (or understand basketball as well) as so many of the great basketball analysts covering the NBA from every angle. The only thing I can say for myself is that I know the Spurs, and that's mostly because I watch every game. Every season. For more years than I'd care to admit.

As a result, it's pretty rare for me to read a story from a non-Spurs fan that makes me think, "Man, this guy really knows the Spurs" even once. But I just finished reading a story that made me think that several times.

£ers, let me introduce you to Adam Mares, who writes The Pocket Pass for Hardwood Paroxysm, which is well on its way to becoming my favorite feature on HP since Have Ball, Will Travel. In his latest post, Mares does an outstanding job of showing the Spurs offense off, in all of its newly post-heavy glory.

On the Spurs using the big men at the elbow to set up other action:

When the ball is on the elbow and a perimeter player cuts around the ball, the defender is forced to stay between the ball and the defender. If the defender overplays the cut, the cutter can step back out to the three point line and knock down a shot. If the defender is late, the cutter is open on the backside for a layup. If the defender guarding the elbow sags off to far to help slow the cutter, then the forward gets an open shot from the elbow.

On using ball movement to make up for other weaknesses:

When you factor in how quickly the team moves the ball in the half court, the Spurs have created an offensive identity that forces the defense to be on their toes and working hard for a uniquely long time. This tireless approach is a large part of why they've been able to create the 8th most efficient offense despite being last in free throw rate and fourth to last in three-point attempt rate.

Do yourself a favor and read the entire thing. There are helpful videos that illustrate each point he makes. You'll learn something, and likely see the Spurs in a brand new light. Even if you've been watching every game.