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THE BOOK an opposing team's scout sizes up the Spurs
Ian Thomsen
October 30, 2000
"The thing that makes the Spurs tough is that they don't get lazy and just lob the ball in to the two big guys. They push it up because both Tim Duncan and David Robinson run the floor so well. They make you work to slow that down, and if you do, you're almost in worse trouble because it's so tough to match up against them.... Robinson's not as active as he used to be, but now he's drawing other teams' second-best big defender, not their top guy. That more than makes up for whatever he's lost.... Replacing Mario Elie with Derek Anderson is really going to help them. Anderson's younger and quicker, and he gives other teams one less area to attack.... Avery Johnson is constantly attacking, and for such a small guy he surprises you with his ability to finish. He makes just enough jumpers to keep you honest.... Nobody's as deep as Portland, but if you start matching up San Antonio with the Lakers position by I position and bench for bench, the Spurs don't have to take a backseat."
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October 30, 2000

The Book An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Spurs

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"The thing that makes the Spurs tough is that they don't get lazy and just lob the ball in to the two big guys. They push it up because both Tim Duncan and David Robinson run the floor so well. They make you work to slow that down, and if you do, you're almost in worse trouble because it's so tough to match up against them.... Robinson's not as active as he used to be, but now he's drawing other teams' second-best big defender, not their top guy. That more than makes up for whatever he's lost.... Replacing Mario Elie with Derek Anderson is really going to help them. Anderson's younger and quicker, and he gives other teams one less area to attack.... Avery Johnson is constantly attacking, and for such a small guy he surprises you with his ability to finish. He makes just enough jumpers to keep you honest.... Nobody's as deep as Portland, but if you start matching up San Antonio with the Lakers position by I position and bench for bench, the Spurs don't have to take a backseat."

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