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Spurs OK with Uptempo
by Bill Schoening | May 15, 2013
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In the five games so far in Western Conference semifinals, the Golden State Warriors have out scored the Spurs in fastbreak points just once.
The Warriors, for the entire series, have tallied a total of 40 points on the break...the Spurs have totaled 61.
We often see Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich make a sweeping motion with his hands to his guards, exhorting them to push the pace and score in transition or in early offense.
As a frequent talk show guest I am often asked if the Spurs want to slow down the game, and that is true only on the defensive side, as getting back on defense has been one of the main points of emphasis in the series.
Offensively, however, the Spurs want to get down the floor quickly and utilize quick ball and player movement to keep the defense off balance. This keeps the game going at a crisp pace and often results in a good look at the basket for a shooter.
Uptempo pace? The Spurs are fine with that.
Energy and Intensity
by Bill Schoening | May 4, 2013
There's no question that during the NBA playoffs, everything gets amped up a little bit.
Ok, make that a lot. Fans are more raucous, players are more focused, coaches are more intense. This is the best time of year for NBA fans, especially if you follow a team that has had success in the postseason like the Spurs.
During the Western Conference Semifinals against the Golden State Warriors, the Spurs will encounter a team that may not have the experience or track record that the Spurs enjoy, but the Warriors will have that youthful exuberance, boundless energy and a mentality that the pressure is on the Spurs.
The good news for Spurs fans is that their team welcomes the challenge, and is not about to take the Warriors lightly.
Even though the Spurs did not know who they would be facing until late Thursday night, they did know that transition defense would be important against either Denver or Golden State, and now they are working hard making sure they guard the perimeter because Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Jarret Jack and Harrison Barnes are all very capable shooters.
The eight day break between series provided time for practice and rest, and could prove to be valuable as the Spurs try to match the energy that the Warriors are certain to bring to the table.