2011 NBA Playoffs: Homecourt Will Be Vital for Tim Duncan’s Fifth Championship

April 11th, 2011 by Chris Hawkins Leave a reply »
It has been a season of change for the San Antonio Spurs. Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan have had to adapt to routines they were previously unfamiliar with.

For Coach Pop, he took games in November and December much more seriously than ever in his 15 years as the Spurs’ head coach. He realized that he no longer had the personnel for the Spurs to lead the league in total defense.

He decided to utilize the speed of his backcourt by putting the ball in the hands of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and attacking the opponent in transition. This San Antonio team now possesses the best offense in the Duncan Era.

For Tim Duncan, he had to realize that in order for his team to have a much more successful regular season, he had to take more of a backseat in the offense to preserve his health.

The Spurs can now reap the benefits of their new philosophy change. They have the clinched the best record in the Western Conference despite a recent six-game losing streak.

They also possess a one-game lead over the Eastern Conference leading Chicago Bulls for the best record in the league and home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoff ...

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