A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE SPURS
I think Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili are the best trio in the NBA. Parker and Manu are probably the two best playmakers on the same team.... Gregg Popovich was smart: He took Duncan out of the post more in the regular season and put him in pick-and-rolls, which saved his legs. At the end of the game he'd go into the post, and he'd have the energy for it.... No one is better at getting into the paint than Parker. Defenses always have to collapse, and he has become so good at finishing or making the right pass.... Pop is a master psychologist: He put Stephen Jackson in spots where he could succeed. When he came in, Pop would run a set for him and get him in the flow right away. That would keep his attention. Once he started to drift, Pop took him out. In the past, Jackson would be yakking at the coach. With Pop, he says nothing.... I don't think they have the legs to compete in the playoffs. In one game, they can beat anyone. In a best-of-seven, the top teams in the West are going to beat them.