Spurs struggled to close out the game today, 2nd unit didn't execute/looked unenthused!
I've always said that chemistry is what will make or break this team. Sometimes Kawhi/LMA would get in each others way etc. but so far I think it's been a very positive 9 games.
My thoughts so far:
Danny Green hasn't been shooting as well so far this season, but his D has been there. I hope he works on his off the dribble game, because defenders can close out on him quickly and his first step isn't as great. This is something Bellineli did well, albeit his defense was non-existent.
TP9 has been patchy too and Pop has rested him quite well. I hope he gets his groove back, he is the engine of the team. Every time he plays with pace and is aggressive - the team feeds off this and plays well.
LMA - slowly figuring out the system. It's progressing at a liner rate which is great. There are times when he's not shooting his shot, but Pop said something like "Make me tell you off for shooting too much" - what a great coach! Great win for him in Portland. Didn't try to show anyone up, just put his head down and did the work - all class.
TD21 - legend.
Manu - looks younger, more hungrier and more competitive - he is the heart of the 2nd unti.
Bobo - Soul of the 2nd unit. Such a high IQ, this guy is underrated.
Patty Mills - shooting great, doing well in the 2nd unit. Really impressed. He'll be a key factor in the later stages of the season and playoffs.
Rasul Butler - great addition, experience. He'll also play a key part as the season goes on.
David West - He's an absolute steal. Very rugged and hard-nosed, but also has a high IQ. He's going to work well with LMA/TD21.
SloMo - up and coming, kid's doing well.. I expect him to have a few great games down the stretch.
I think we're in good shape, come All Star break we should be contesting for a top 3 spot in the West.
Can't wait to play OKC/Houston/GSW - I really want us to knock GSW off the charts and show the world that the Spurs are a force to be reckoned with!