Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/29/12
NBA head coaches do not always command the full attention of their teams during timeouts in February. Their guys are sometimes watching the Red Panda as the coach sketches out an inbounds play on his dry erase clipboard. Sometimes that's even understandable. In late May, however, with the playoff stakes driving all eyes towards that coach's every word, a guy like Gregg Popovich or Scott Brooks can win you a game or two by what he draws out on that same board. These seven-game series are usually won by a series of adjustments. Whichever team makes and executes those best ones wins. For the San Antonio Spurs heading into Game Two, there are not too many things they might want to change. Maybe play with that "nasty" Pop was looking for a little sooner. Go wire to wire with nastiness possibly. But, other than that, the Thunder will have to adjust to what the Spurs did in Game One if they want to even things up. Which means Oklahoma City will have to stop allowing San Antonio to execute like a fleet of basketball-playing machines, calibrated at the highest levels of Naismithian deadliness, and try to at least bother them some on that end of the floor. I'm not sure how they do that though (NBA teams have tried and failed at it all year). Tony Parker and Tim Duncan look like the same two guys who swept LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers five seasons ago, so it will be difficult. But while the Spurs should not change much, if anything, I do not think, the only "adjustment" I would make if I was them is to keep letting Russell Westbrook shoot more. Read more...
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