Originally Posted by stephanieg
There was also the time they lost to the eighth seed Grizz. I think Manu was banged up that year, although when isn't he nowadays.
Broke his forearm, and was our leading scorer that year. Also was the weakest supporting cast we had in the last couple of years.
I wouldn't call last year's loss to OKC a collapse at all. We won the first two at home, they won the following two like they were supposed to, they stole a game from us at home, and then finished up the series in OKC in game 6.
Essentially that's the series where our stellar offense could no longer mask our defensive issues unlike the Jazz and Clippers series. We had no answer for Kevin Durant, who absolutely went insane and took over the series. James Harden also played a big factor and we were unable to contain him.
This year our interior defense has improved quite a bit as Splitter is finally getting the minutes he deserves and is making the most of them. We now have a legit double big threat when he and Duncan are in the game together. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green also have a year of experience under their belts. Being in those deep playoff situations can be rough on young players who had never really been in those situations. Danny Green basically went cold and became a non-factor in the WCF, and Kawhi couldn't keep up with Durant.
I think this team needs to make a move in order to win it all, even though I'm not exactly sure what kind of move that is. But the Spurs are still one of the only 4 or 5 teams who can win a title, and that means they're a contender.