Monday, November 2, 2009
Blair, Hill continues to impress...
By Robby Lim
A Blessed All Souls day to everyone! Forgive me for not making my own recap on the Spurs-Kings game. And in case you guys missed it, Manu swats a bat out of Midair. Just great, like they say; the legend on Manu continues...
Now on to the topic. With 3 regular season games under their belt, the Spurs reminded us of the familiar. We still have the 'Big Three'. Manu is regaining his old form, Tony is still Tony, and Duncan remains one of the best bigs in the game.
Some might question the last statement. After all TD, did not score in double figures in 2 of those 3 games (both wins). The reason? He didn't have to. In the game against the Bulls, he was a beast. It only shows that if needed, Timmy can still dominate.
This new-look Spurs is arguably the most talented roster during the Duncan era. And early in the season, signs are encouraging.
Except for that downer in Chicago, the Spurs had displayed it's balanced attack on offense. The defense still needs some work, but the fire power on this new lineup is so obvious. A team with a good mix of youth, experience and athleticism.
George Hill is making his mark. He's showing everyone that he can really play. No he's not your typical backup point, his assist totals may not wow you. But his tenacity on defense will.
Not only that, this guy can score; he's averaging 11.7 points, 3 rebounds, 1.33 steals and 1 block so far in just 20 minutes per game. I could also argue that he deserves more minutes, but that's another matter.
Another player to no surprise, has been playing fairly well. Although not as impressive like in his preseason games, DeJuan Blair has been steady.
On his debut, he posted a double-double 14 points and 11 boards. Yes he's still foul prone averaging 4 fouls per game, but that's because he's still adjusting.
In my opinion, his ability to defend the paint will improve a lot as the season goes on. And for a rookie an average of 8.3 points, 8.3 boards and 1.3 assists on 70% FG shooting ain't that bad right?
The Spurs are not impressive on their first three games... But I'm not discourage at all. This team is not yet in tip top shape.
Jefferson has to earn his paycheck, Mason has to find his shooting touch and at least in my opinion the rotation is not yet set (the starting lineup in particular).
With a lot of time and room for improvement, I'm optimistic enough that we could see a better team by mid February or March. For now, seeing the new guys fit into the system and watching our young guns grow and develop are enough reasons to get excited...