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3 San Antonio SPURS
Andrew Lawrence
October 23, 2006
A summer without hoops may be just what their ailing superstar needed
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October 23, 2006

3 San Antonio Spurs

A summer without hoops may be just what their ailing superstar needed

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Francisco Elson
POS. C
PPG 4.9
RPG 4.7
APG 0.7
BPG 0.63
SPG 0.75
FG% 53.2
FT% 66.2

Bruce Bowen
POS. SF
PPG 7.5
RPG 3.9
APG 1.5
SPG 0.96
FG% 43.3
3FG% 42.4
FT% 60.7

Tony Parker
POS. PG
PPG 18.9
RPG 3.3
APG 5.8
SPG 1.04
FG% 54.8
3FG% 30.6
FT% 70.7

Manu Ginobili
POS. SG
PPG 15.1
RPG 3.5
APG 3.6
BPG 0.40
SPG 1.55
FG% 46.2
3FG% 38.2

Tim Duncan
POS. PF
PPG 18.6
RPG 11.0
APG 3.2
BPG 2.03
SPG 0.88
FG% 48.4
FT% 62.9

BENCH 2005--06 STATS
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

*NEW ACQUISITION

Enemy Lines
An opposing team's scout sizes up the Spurs

Even though they have one of the league's best big men in Tim Duncan, they realize that post guys are becoming less dominant. Rather than emphasizing post-ups to their big men, they've become a drive-and-kick team that puts pressure on defenses to rotate and keep up with them.... We fear Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili 10 times more than we do Duncan because the way the rules are structured now, you can't stop penetration, and both of those guys are great drivers. They can also kick it out to any number of players who are very dangerous from the perimeter.... Everybody knows that you need to take away Ginobili's left hand: You hear teams yelling, "Weak! Weak!" to force him to drive with his right. But when you shade him to drive that way you invariably overplay it, and he crosses over to finish with his left.... Parker is more consistent and confident, and he's no longer fearful or hesitant with his shot. He still gets a little wild at times, but that's a small price to pay for what he gives you. He's always attacking in transition, which wears down opposing point guards.

FAST FACT
Tim Duncan had the third 40-point, 15-rebound Game 7 in history, going for 41 and 15 in a loss to the Mavericks in the conference semis. ( Elgin Baylor and Charles Barkley had the others.)

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