As always the way thru the WC looks soooooo formidable at the start of season that I'm usually very discouraged...but logically the Spurs are stronger this year than last when they had the Championship in hand with 28 seconds, who were stronger than the year before when they were up 2-0 in the WCF before losing to OKC. I actually think the KEY issue for us (other than our perennial health concerns): will our usual superior playoff game plan be less effective this year now that Pop's top 2 assistant's are gone?
Yup. And Tony hit the nail on the head.
Now our only fear is that by omitting Dallas from his list, DeJuan Blair will absolutely destroy us even worse than Marky Mark Cuban predicted.
We really won't know much about the Spur's chances or anyone else's until we see the injury list at the playoffs... If the wrong player goes down for ANY team their season is pretty much over.
yes, Spurs still have a shot for number 5 this season. and all the teams Tony mentioned are pretty much those teams to watch out for. though, for OKC, while they are considered contenders when HEALTHY (Russell Westbrook), as I mentioned before, they can't just rely on Westbrook and Durant. they need a 3rd option which some would figure Ibaka, but it only seems he didn't impact as much last season. that's a big question for me towards them.
Yes, I believe the Spurs still have a chance. Belinelli, Ayers, Baynes should help us in some of the areas we lacked at last year. If Josh Howard is added to the roster and is healthy I think he can help out too. Spurs need that extra man off the bench that can hit shots and defend while also giving Leonard rest. Mavs and Denver are teams I would look out for too. The guards both teams have could cause some problems. Also they have "BIG's" that can rebound. Rebounding is something we need to get better at doing.
I don't know if the Spurs will have a shot at the title. Last Finals was a BIG TIME shot to the GUT and with Duncan's age, I don't think it will be a realistic prospect. I see SA finishing a close second place in the West to Houston and possibly reaching as far as the conference Finals, but that's only speculation at this point. Nonetheless, I'll still be rooting for them because they are simply a model for consistency--for 14 years the Spurs have won 50 games or more per season, finishing at least at the second round of the playoffs.
@Ed in FL I think Boylen will be a competent replacement for Bud, and know enough of system by POs to be helpful
@gymbear In a word...ha
@spursfan80 Another reason to give an edge to SA with their program of resting players that need rest. It certainly offers more opportunity for players to avoid injury.
@RockheadTG Agree. I would add that Lamb could be a sleeper this year for OKC. He hasnt been bad in preseason. His 3 is lacking as of now, but I could see him developing that pretty quickly. He had 22 vs Bulls last game shooting 56% FG. Could see him being the guy to take up slack when Ibaka, Thabo aren't hitting. But I agree, it's all still a big question.
@slapdoghoops So how much drop off do you see for TD this year?
@slapdoghoops The thing is anybody has a shot. Whether or not they make it is another thing. With the Spurs current roster you wouldn't think they won't make the playoffs. So, by them making the playoffs they have a chance. In the playoffs it's all about match-ups.