AT&T CENTER — One hour and a half before Game 2 tipped off, Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson sat down before the media and confidently laid all his cards on the table.
Why do you all sound like you are hitting the panic button, IT WAS ONE GAME...did you think we were going to sweep every series...It's the warrior you think they can beat us 3 more times...Wow get real we need to make a few adjustments on the rest of the warriors and shutting down curry happened in game 2, he only pulled in 22..Relax you guys sound like a bunch of bandwagon Lakers fans right now ready to jump ship after one game and acting like we don't have a shot....WOW im glad i really do bleed silver and Black would never start sounding like a pansy A$$ fan...Win or Lose i never cry about our team...Maybe certain players, we are playing the warriors WOW
Sorry the Spurs lost to a very much young players. My heart bleeds for them but they lost to a better team. Curry, Thompson and Barnes did most of the damage. What more adjustments could coach Pop adopt? He has utilized practically all his players and all tricks to no avail. Some would say its too early; its just the 2nd game. The next 2 games will be played in Oakland, the home turf of the Warriors. If the Spurs can't win homecourt, how could they expect to win in Oakland? If perchance they will be eliminated (God forbid), its time to have a closer look at some players. Isn't the same team lost to the Thunder? Consider Mills and Neal. Aren't they too undersized? Bonner doesn't know how to use his 6'10" frame and Splitter is too slow. Perhaps, Manu is just too old to guard Thompson. The coming free agency presents an opportunity for the Spurs. Consider Gerard Henderson, Jr or Tony Allen as SGs; Chandler Parsons or Omri Casspi (SFs). They are upgrades to the backourt and can guard quicker and tall guys like Curry, Thompson and Barnes; JJ Hickson or Andray Blatche (PF/C), they are faster than Bonner and Splitter but almost the same height. They can trade for Varejao.These players are younger, taller and definitely in their prime compared to what the Spurs have. See if bertans is ready, who stands 6'10" (SF). They must move higher in the draft to get better materials. I have spent sleepless nights thinking about the Spurs. How can they Lost? I am not dreaming; this is reality. I hope the Spurs wake up in time for the succeeding games and finish off the Warriors. GO SPURS!
Diaw needs to start and I want to see 4 down.
Our team offensive motto I thought was good shot to better shot? What has happened to this? I am watching our guys take way too long to make a decision with the ball on offense. The ball needs to swing side to side again. This needs to happen for multiple reasons. Tony needs the break from running the multiple pick and rolls and it will also tire out the Warriors D. It takes less energy to pass the ball then it does to run constant pick and rolls with him.
Bonner starting and playing 19 minutes to Boris's 8 is to much of a disparity. Diaw should be starting. We all know Bonner is more limited on offense then Diaw. Diaw is an excellent passer and could be more utilized like he was last year when he would pass out of the post. Duncan and Diaw could be setting screens for each other down low and if the pass comes at the right time getting either good position inside it should draw in the Warriors D opening shots on the perimeter and or for Duncan or Diaw. Pop is falling in love with Bonner again and I hate it. Our offense last year ran so much better with Diaw getting the majority of the minutes.
Parker needs to get pulled when Manu comes in around the 6 minute mark. Joseph plays hard on d and will make Curry work. Duncan has been great all year lets ride him through this series. Let Duncan run the 4 down play from 6 minutes till the end of the first quarter. Manu is not the Manu of championship years he has obviously lost his quickness to get by his defender. I am not saying he still can't do it from time to time but he needs to pick his spots and I believe the offense would run better through Duncan. I still believe Duncan to be a dominant force down low. I don't like seeing Duncan at the top of the key when Parker is not in the game because the Warriors can just stay out on our 3 point shooters because there is no inside threat.
Bring Splitter in at the start of the 2nd and run more pick and rolls with Manu but still move the ball. Manu and Splitter have always played well together running the pick and roll and then bring Tony back in around the 10 minute mark so he is fresh. Splitter is not going to be as effective in this series as he was in the Laker series so his minutes must be limited.
This series is far from over Curry and Thompson are going to get theirs but the Spurs can win this with some minor adjustments on offense and defense. Stop putting Leonard and Green on Curry. Just let him get his. We need their height to contest Thompsons. He shot great the other night but I believe he is the lesser of the 2 and he does not have the speed to get around Leonard on a regular basis.
We are not going to win the series with Parker and Manu playing heavy minutes they are just are not conditioned for that since Pop has rested his players over the course of the year. Keep the faith fellow Spur fans Pop will figure it out and so will our players. Go Spurs!
I recall Pop replacing Green with Manu last WCF gm 5 because Danny had shot a combined 2/15 in three of the first four games. He barely played in the final two. That, to me, was less about matchups and more about confidence and shot making. Had Greens's shot not left him, the lineup change never happens and, more importantly, the Spurs would've had enough offense to at least get to game 7.
I wouldn't tinker yet (a gm3 loss may change my thinking). The entire team, starting with Tony, then spreading to all open 3-pt shooters, must shoot better. That, with continued focus on limiting GS 3-point attempts, is enough to win.
I really like the idea of bringing Ginobili from the start. I was just discussing how to make Parker relevant again, given how much he can be exploited when he doesn't guard Curry Vs. how little we can exploit Curry when he doesn't guard Parker.
Maybe we can even try something like Miami did with whoever is guarding Nate going to screen LeBron and try to force a switch. Maybe we can force Curry to switch on Parker and make him play defence.
I also thought of maybe Gary Neal, but he is no different than Parker on the defensive end.
In the end, what I really think we need is to shoot decent 3 point percentages. We shot 50% the first game, but horribly on the second with 23.8%. Simply not gonna happen if we shoot that bad, and we were in the game till the very end.
If I were Mark Jackson, I would lock Manu down in key moments. Without Manu's intangibilities the Spurs hardly would make a surprising comeback, and the series will be over. If I were Pop, I will put the ball in Manu's hand FROM THE START OF THE GAME if I think these games really matter.
i like the tim/splitter/leonard/manu/parker lineup, i also like manu to spell tony and diaw in for splitter. the other option, get bonner more shots, he is averaging one 3 point attempt this series, and he has a TOTAL of 10 attempts from 3 the entire playoffs but he is shooting 70%. if he drops to 50% on 3 attempts per game in 15 then he is worth it. either get him shots or sit him, no teasing!
I think a few minutes letting De Colo knock Curry or Thompson around. Just good clean hard fouls. A couple of free throws is better than let them rain down 3's. Timmy and Tiago in the paint should get some points and get their bigs in foul trouble. Let Blair and Baynes use their 6 fouls on anybody that drives the lane. Knock everybody around some. Make them think about it. Right now their not worried. To quote Pop from last year..."I need a little nasty". Use Joseph and Mills a little and apply full court pressure. Let Diaw throw his weight around. If the refs are going to call fouls anyway...make them count!
Percentages. Spurs should knock down one or two more threes, a modest request considering their regular quota. Curry , Thompson drop to a solid 50% and we win the games. It will happen.
Parker's being exploited on the defensive end, and is forced to expend too much energy there. I have confidence that Pop can re-shuffle the deck to improve the player matchups, but whether that means starting Ginobili at PG, I am not sure. It really may be the only card Pop's got to play, frankly.
Boy, oh boy, wouldn't it be nice to have a tough, gritty wing player right about now (somewhere, S Jackson is having a good laugh).
@JeffProjectSpurs nah, the spurs have been there, the warriors havent. its time for pop to make a better change, starting bonner wasnt the answer. i like the idea of starting manu and splitter.
@JeffProjectSpurs Warriors are still am joke they played their hearts out and got a win but no, Pop needs to find a lineup that can run the ball on them, Curry cant be stopped but his teammates can they need to just get shutdown and we need to attack the rim...
@JeffProjectSpurs Nope, but I did locate it just in case. If my calculations are correct - GS has a bag of bricks coming up :D
@JohanBeijer I agree about percentages. The Spurs' 3 point shooting was a joke yesterday, and they (mostly) didn't take bad 3s. If I remember correctly, their first made 3 came in the 3rd.
Manu needs to get into some pick and rolls with Splitter or Diaw and force the defense to collapse to allow us to keep shooting from beyond the arc. That's what made the second unit productive during the season. Once we make some of those the defence will start to open up for some Tiago rolls or Diaw passes inside. We desperately need some good games from Splitter.
Maybe you're right. The Dubs are a joke. Their one all star is injured. But I didn't see a lot of Spurs laughing last night.