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San Antonio’s preseason schedule ends Friday night as they host the Houston Rockets at the AT&T Center in another installment of the I-10 rivalry. And while Spurs have even shot four shows, their record doesn’t matter, especially with head coach Gregg Popovich tinkering with rotations.
These glorified melees might not count for nothing. But this week’s SB Nation Reacts poll attempted to gauge what NBA fans across the country think of their favorite team after seeing them incorporate fresh and familiar faces throughout the preseason. So, are people as confident in their clubs now as they were in the offseason?
Well, the mixed reviews aren’t that shocking. For some, the preseason serves as a barometer of regular season success, leaving them furious or elated, depending on the results. For others, the preseason might be their first taste of NBA action in months, but simply a meaningless dress rehearsal for players that you shouldn’t read too deeply.
As for the faithful Silver and Black, the preseason brought a myriad of interesting topics to the fore. Not only did Spurs give former first-round pick Luka Samanic the metaphorical boot earlier this week, but they still featured Josh Primo throughout the home stretch, with the 18-year-old demonstrating confidence, l balance and skills of a seasoned veterinarian. .
San Antonio’s offseason additions should give fans plenty of reason to believe Spurs will adopt a run-and-gun style of play with enough three-point shots to look like a modern attack. However, their average long-distance volume and pace at No. 26 didn’t inspire too much confidence in those hoping for a change in philosophy.
That said, the preseason is the perfect place to experiment with inconsequential compositions and concepts. Spurs have all the assets of an elite defense capable of forcing turnovers and punishing the opposition in transition. Just because GM Brian Wright’s vision didn’t materialize in the preseason doesn’t mean it won’t eventually come true.
Enough about what the many dry runs in the NBA may or may not mean. Why not discuss the WNBA, where big contests are underway. The Phoenix Mercury defeated the Chicago Sky on Wednesday night, winning Game 2 of the WNBA Finals in an overtime thriller.
And with the series now tied 1-1, it’s no wonder voters seem all but divided over which team will win some well-earned championship gear. The Mercury may have a 4% advantage over the Sky, but there is still plenty of basketball to play in this best-of-five battle.
Game 3 airs this Sunday on ABC at 2:00 p.m. CT. You can also connect live on WatchESPN.
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