Thursday, November 6, 2008

San Antonio Blues

Big time performances from a lot of superstars last night, but the one I want to focus on is Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, who had 55 points and 10 assists in a double overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Parker's big night could not have come at a better time for the Spurs, as they had started the season 0-3 and could not afford to keep digging themselves into a ditch, while waiting for Manu Ginobli to return in December. The Spurs have had to rely so heavily on Parker and Tim Duncan to create all their offense that by the time the 4th quarter came around each player was worn down. Roger Mason Jr has been their only other consistent performer, and he is the type of player who you can't expect to do that on a nightly basis. So while Parker's big night was great, there is no way he can do that consistently.

Ginobli is not going to be back for a while, so the team is going to need consistent play out of the other guys, but I just don't see where that is going to come from. Michael Finley used to be a big time scorer, but that has not been for 4 seasons, so you can't expect him to get his legs back all of a sudden. The other players that log big minutes for them, Fabricio Oberto, Kurt Thomas, Bruce Bowen, and Jacque Vaughn are all specialists, who do not specialize in scoring. All of these guys focus more on defense, which has been great over the years, but without Ginobli, their offensive defiencies really hurt the team.

Parker and Duncan are All-NBA performers, but if the start of the season has shown anything, it is that they need more help these days, cause they are both getting older. Ginobli is a great player, but is he on his last legs as well? He has fizzled out the last few years in the playoffs, and recovering from an ankle injury should not help that from happening again. Is there a way to breath some life into this squad via trade? Maybe adding some fire power to the bench would help. What do you think?
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