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Sharing a Priority
by Bill Schoening | March 5, 2014
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Prior to Tuesday night's game in Cleveland, I sat down with veteran NBA center Spencer Hawes, who was recently acquired by the Cavaliers in a trade from Philadelphia. Hawes is not only a solid player, but hosts an offseason sports talk show in his hometown of Seattle, so he follows the league closely.
When I inquired about the main keys to the game for the Cavs, he was effusive in his praise for the Spurs.
"They are like a well oiled machine. It's not about stopping or containing one player. They just have so many guys who can hurt you. Against the Spurs you have to be so disciplined because they move the ball so well, and you have to get out on their shooters and guard the 3 point line which is very valuable to them."
About an hour later, the Spurs were on their way to a season high 39 assists on 43 field goals in a 122-101 victory. Fourteen of those baskets were from beyond the arc. Every player who took the floor for the Spurs dished out at least one assist.
In my 13 seasons with the Spurs, it may have been the best display of team basketball I have witnessed.
Following the game, forward Boris Diaw, who hit all seven of his shots, including two three pointers, commented that he enjoys playing on this team and is comfortable in an offense that constantly moves the ball in order to get the best shot available.
On many NBA teams, players look to score. In San Antonio, players look to set up teammates.
Sharing is a priority.