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April 24, 2005

20-Second Timeout: Team Effort Important

The Spurs realize this isn't an easy first round opponent.

The Denver Nuggets have played better than any team in the NBA since the All-Star break and have found a new cohesion and direction under veteran coach George Karl, a former Spurs player and assistant, who took over an underachieving team in late January.

The Spurs had to deal with injuries to key personnel down the homestretch of the regular season, and haven't entered the postseason with the same kind of momentum we've seen in recent years. The Spurs, however, are deep and experienced, and they will have to rely on some of that savvy to slow down the Nuggets, who like to get up and down the floor as if they were playing in the old ABA.


Mohammed and Robinson
While the Spurs will depend on their leaders, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, this series may be decided by the contributions the Spurs get from their two newcomers, Nazr Mohammed and Glenn Robinson. Mohammed will have to take up the slack for Rasho Nesterovic, who is not 100% heading into the postseason with an ankle injury. He can help Tim Duncan battle the Nuggets deep front line. Robinson is excited about an opportunity to show what he can do on a big stage, and he has shown the ability to hit shots, which he has done his entire career.

Knocking off the Nuggets will take a complete team effort, and the Spurs are poised for the challenge.