Spurs Quietly Building the Antidote to Golden State Warriors

December 4th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Without climbing inside Gregg Popovich's head, we can't know for sure if the San Antonio Spurs' throwback reliance on size and slow pace is a personnel-fueled necessity during a transitional year or a calculated scheme to topple the seemingly unbeatable Golden State Warriors.

But would you really want to bet against it being the second thing?


Change by Necessity? The Spurs have been absurdly effective through the first quarter of 2015-16, riding the NBA's best defense to a start that, if not for those Warriors, would stand out as the very best in the league. And they're doing it by bucking the trend, playing larger lineups and slowing the pace as the rest of the league goes smaller and faster.

Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge start together up front, and the Spurs also feature another bulky big, David West, in reserve.

The explanation could be simple: San Antonio had a chance at Aldridge and took it, and now it has to concoct a style that best utilizes his skills while not taking the rest of the team's best players off the floor. Aldridge, somewhat famously, doesn't want to play ...

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