Bart Herridge
@BartTBF

The title of this week’s Monday Musings is for two reasons: first, because I’m late (it’s Tuesday, last I checked); and second, it reflects the sentiment after the Spurs came oh-so-close to a perfect California road trip. The 4th game, against the Kings, was partly a schedule loss (4th in 5 nights) and partly a Boogie coming out party.

But for this post, I want to spend some time looking at two guys who have seen a dramatic increase in playing time this season, because of unexpected injuries.

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Our Spurs look a bit hungover right now. Not in a just-got-off-a-3-day-bender kind of way. But there’s no question it’s been a sluggish start to the season. The defense has been really good in spots (like the Atlanta 2nd half), but really terrible in others (everything in week 1). The offense has looked very patchy as well. It’s hard to gripe at this point, since the team just had the greatest season in the history of the NBA (hyperbole alert!), but it would be nice, given the continuity of the roster, to see some better basketball at this point. But, it’s a long season and there’s a lot of basketball to be played.

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Welcome to the inaugural post of Monday Musings, where each week I’ll review the week that was and talk about where the Spurs are in the Race for Seis (which is a terrible title for the title chase, but whatever). Look for this post each Monday of the season, along with some other intermittent posts occasionally about special or significant games.

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I’ve spent the last few days getting ready for the beginning of a new season by watching how the old one ended: an intense, wire-to-wire viewing of all 5 of the Finals games, with an eye toward looking at what might be transferable to a new season. There were numerous reasons to do this, but the biggest reason was this: it was really, really fun.

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This is my first post on TBF in a long, long time. Since I’ve been away, a few major things happened: my job role changed significantly, I moved, and the Spurs won a championship. I should probably stay away longer, to get the 6th ring, but alas, I’m back to give you a few thoughts on the first pre-season game against Alba in Berlin. No, I’m not in Berlin with the team. That would be awesome, but I’m not. I’m sitting on my couch watching the game on NBA TV. Anyway, my thoughts on the game…..

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I hope everyone is recovered from the turkey coma and is basking in the gloriousness of turkey sandwiches. In case you missed it, like I did, the Spurs played two games while I was on break. On Wednesday, the guys took only their 2nd loss against the Thunder and last night, they returned to their thrashing-bad-teams ways in blowing out the Magic. The road split leaves the Spurs still atop the West with a sterling 11.3 point differential. In other words, there’s no need to panic.

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There is nothing about the Cavaliers game you need to know about. The Spurs machine took another bad team and ground them into tiny little pieces, one night after out-gritting and out-grinding the Grizzlies. Tony is great, Tim looked good, defense was awesome, the system is amazing, blah, blah, blah. The most important thing that happened in this game was on the bench with 9:06 left in the 4th. And FSSW cameras just happened to catch it. YouTube link after the jump.

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Every now and then, we are seeing flashes of what Kawhi Leonard can be. Usually, it’s a play or two per game where you just sit and watch and admire. Wednesday night, it was the longest stretch of sustained Kawhi-ness that I have seen. And it was something to behold.

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It does not matter who is in the uniform or who is in the coach’s seat. It does not matter who the refs are. It does not even matter who the opponent is. When you go to SLC to play a game, you are going to get beat up, roughed up, smacked around, and generally ground down until you hurt. And for the 3 quarters, the Spurs let it get to them. But in the 4th, they flipped a switch and took over the game. Overall, an ugly but well-earned win in a tough place to play.

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We didn’t learn a lot about our team in the last 4 days. Blowout wins against the Knicks, the Sixers, and the Wizards told us nothing about the Spurs so far, except that being a good team in the Eastern Conference is probably worth an additional 5-7 wins per season. And we haven’t even seen the Celtics or the Bobcats/Hornets yet. All of that said, I saw a few things I really liked recently.

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