Wayne Vore
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The Warriors reward for going 37-4 in the first half of the season is a 1.5 game lead on the Spurs. Lucky them. At this point, I think we can say that both teams are really, really good.

Here are some very random and very Spurs-y items.

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I went to the Mavericks game last night with bones, an old PtR guy who was in from Ohio. I met him in downtown SA at The Friendly Spot Ice House. He had a tag along. A fellow named Chris who came down from Ohio with him. Chris had never been to a professional basketball game.

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The first two months of the NBA season has been enlightening. For the first time in a good ten years, at least, we have zero parity in the league. There are only four teams capable of winning the title this year. Period. No exceptions. The “can Team X win the title” discussions are a non-starter on the talk shows.

Thank god.

The separation of the Spurs from the rest of the pack has shown me something interesting this year. We get to see the other team’s level of commitment.

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A couple days ago, I decided I was going to get to the bottom of why I disagree with the statement that the Spurs play at a slow pace. I started manipulating the numbers and something strange happened.

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I’m over caffeinated and staring at a brand new, giant HD television. I think that calls for a live diary. It should be fun.

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We have one more week of a bunch of lousy teams and boring games to endure. I like a good old fashioned ass kicking as much as the next guy, but this has been ridiculous. The team has to play a disappointing game for the margin to be under 15. The Wolves and Sixers are just awful teams. Those are not fun games to watch. The Nets? UGHHH!!!

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Putting on my Pop hat for assessing my offense early in the season, I thought I would focus on shot selection. Shots go in and shots don’t. If your team is in a shooting slump, you can’t panic and change the offense. You need to be acutely aware of whether your players are executing your offense and whether they are taking good shots. That, as a coach, is what you can control. You can’t control whether they go in or not.

In addition, the Spurs offense has been struggling. I thought I would try to assess whether or not things were all that different.

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This is a new series I meant to start at the beginning of the season. I’m a bit slow, but I’m finally getting around to acknowledging the season has started.

We have three very unexciting games coming up. Well, they should be very unexciting. These are great candidates for the DVR because I have serious doubts about my ability to watch them live without falling asleep.

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As a long time Spurs’ fan, I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this line — or a similar sentiment — from a coach or player early in the season: it’s a process.

What kind of process? I’m assuming a building process. But, what I have always found odd, is that you hear it from long-time veterans in the exact same system. I mean, what kind of process is there to learning the exact same thing you already know. Isn’t it more like a quick review? I mean, if I had to do some algebra now, I wouldn’t read the whole damn book front to back and call it a process! I’d give myself a quick refresher and move along.

Of course, that might be why I’m a loser.

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I hate the use of the phrase “market inefficiency” when it is applied to basketball players. It’s kind of like “Beer! It’s not just for breakfast any more!” It’s funny the first time and the second time. But after that…well, it’s still funny.

Ok, I don’t have a point there. I just like beer. But, market inefficiency is an overplayed metaphor. I think it is a way for people covering the sport to say “Talent! We don’t know it when we see it!”

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