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07:39 AM ET 04.30 | San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan thought the Memphis Grizzlies would fold in their playoff series. "We kept thinking they'd fold under the pressure, but they didn't," Duncan said. "They got the exact shots they needed, and they made them. We had so many close games, some that could have fallen to us, but they made the plays."

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Shane Battier, Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol, Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Shane Battier, Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol, Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
April 30, 2011  07:47 AM ET

you know you are getting old, when you are waiting for another team to fold.

April 30, 2011  08:02 AM ET

Time to retire

April 30, 2011  08:05 AM ET

I kept telling people this season them grizzlies were good..........i expect them to beat okc as well

April 30, 2011  08:06 AM ET

I wonder where he got that dumb idea, sounds like something Pop or Bonner would say, so he probably go it from them.

If it is one thing Pop knows, it is how to choke.

Why would you have your best shooter and the guy that bailed you out of game 5 glue to the bench. I would think you give the most clutch guy on your team, GNeal, huge mins.

Yet Pop plays the most unclutch player (Bonner) like he is Horry or somebody. Then he never makes the adjustment to switch TD to Z-bo until the final minute of the game, and take his chances with Gasol vs Dice, but Gasol is not the passer that Z-bo is so you can' double Gasol hard, but at least this way you take away their 1st option. Anytime a team is punishing you in the paint, you double hard or zone up and see if they can shoot. Simple adjustments any high school coach would make.

Please Holt. Pop is begging to be fired! Can't you find it in your heart to put ole drunken yeller out of his misery for the sake of the team. No one will blame you. I know I won't.

April 30, 2011  08:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I kept telling people this season them grizzlies were good..........i expect them to beat okc as well

They weren't that good. They played hard, yeah.

But this game was poorly coached by the Spurs. There were a ton of mistakes made by the Spurs coaches. A ton of missed adjustments.

Hollins coached and adjusted. Pop dictated and didn't adjust. Dictating in the playoffs gets you sent home.

April 30, 2011  08:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I wonder where he got that dumb idea, sounds like something Pop or Bonner would say, so he probably go it from them.If it is one thing Pop knows, it is how to choke.Why would you have your best shooter and the guy that bailed you out of game 5 glue to the bench. I would think you give the most clutch guy on your team, GNeal, huge mins.Yet Pop plays the most unclutch player (Bonner) like he is Horry or somebody. Then he never makes the adjustment to switch TD to Z-bo until the final minute of the game, and take his chances with Gasol vs Dice, but Gasol is not the passer that Z-bo is so you can' double Gasol hard, but at least this way you take away their 1st option. Anytime a team is punishing you in the paint, you double hard or zone up and see if they can shoot. Simple adjustments any high school coach would make.Please Holt. Pop is begging to be fired! Can't you find it in your heart to put ole drunken yeller out of his misery for the sake of the team. No one will blame you. I know I won't.

i believe the reason he didnt switch duncan on to zbo is because i dont think duncan can stay with him now...z is quicker than most people think

April 30, 2011  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

They weren't that good. They played hard, yeah.But this game was poorly coached by the Spurs. There were a ton of mistakes made by the Spurs coaches. A ton of missed adjustments.Hollins coached and adjusted. Pop dictated and didn't adjust. Dictating in the playoffs gets you sent home.

yes they are that good..think what you might ..this sounds like someone that didnt watch the grizz much this season.....this same team beat boston, dallas, lakers, okc and the heat...you dont accidently beat them teams ....

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April 30, 2011  08:22 AM ET

lol...Only the Spurs folded instead....

April 30, 2011  08:22 AM ET
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i believe the reason he didnt switch duncan on to zbo is because i dont think duncan can stay with him now...z is quicker than most people think

Are you serious???

Are you now telling me that Dice is a better low post defender than TD?

It doesn't matter how quick Z-bo is, you don't letter him punish you in the paint. If he sets up 15 feet from the basket great, force him to shoot a jumper over TD tall long hand. That way he is not under the basket to get his OWN rebound. But with TD guarding him, he WON"T be posting up, and that is what was killing us. His post position.

This is one of the many adjustments Pop didn't make. What coach in their right mind would go away from Z-bo when you see the other coach is a fool and think Bonner can guard him.

This drunken coaching style Pop has shown us in the last 4 years earns him an early retirement. If he isn't fired behind this, there is something seriously wrong with media and management in S.A.

Either you want to win, or you don't. Pop can't win in the playoffs. He is the Bonner of coaches.

April 30, 2011  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Are you serious???Are you now telling me that Dice is a better low post defender than TD?It doesn't matter how quick Z-bo is, you don't letter him punish you in the paint. If he sets up 15 feet from the basket great, force him to shoot a jumper over TD tall long hand. That way he is not under the basket to get his OWN rebound. But with TD guarding him, he WON"T be posting up, and that is what was killing us. His post position.This is one of the many adjustments Pop didn't make. What coach in their right mind would go away from Z-bo when you see the other coach is a fool and think Bonner can guard him.This drunken coaching style Pop has shown us in the last 4 years earns him an early retirement. If he isn't fired behind this, there is something seriously wrong with media and management in S.A.Either you want to win, or you don't. Pop can't win in the playoffs. He is the Bonner of coaches.

timmy cant hold zbo now ....back in the day timmy would have killed him but zbo is fast .....

April 30, 2011  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

i believe the reason he didnt switch duncan on to zbo is because i dont think duncan can stay with him now...z is quicker than most people think

I just dont see how some ppl cant see how done Duncan is.....The guy has little left....He cant defend like he used to, isnt a offensive force inside anymore, and cant carry a team....This years Spurs were basically past Mavs teams...They relied on the three and jumpshoting and had little to NO inside presence on offense or defense....

April 30, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Even if Pop told his team the Grizz were going to fold, they are not going to fold shooting lay ups. Turn them into a jump shooting team. Sell out in the paint. If they beat you behind the arc then so be it. But you don't let them beat you in the paint, time and time again. Tony Allen made cuts to the basket, as he should, because he can't shoot. So why are we guarding him like he is a 40% 3ptr shooter.

Vasquez made a living in the paint, when did he become a shooter. It's called a zone people, used against certain players it is very effective.

But not if it is something you never taught/coach. POP!

You can't dictate to the other team how they are going to play. You have to adjust.

April 30, 2011  08:32 AM ET

People need to give credit where its due. The Griz were the better team this series. Would it have been different if the Spurs played POR, NOH we dont know. I would not burn the spurs yet because they are old.

April 30, 2011  08:32 AM ET
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timmy cant hold zbo now ....back in the day timmy would have killed him but zbo is fast .....

I agree even when Duncan did TRY to cover Z-bo....He just got made to like the old fool he is....The Spares are FINISHED.....ITs the end of the end for that team...And I see no great savior in sight.....

April 30, 2011  08:34 AM ET
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Even if Pop told his team the Grizz were going to fold, they are not going to fold shooting lay ups. Turn them into a jump shooting team. Sell out in the paint. If they beat you behind the arc then so be it. But you don't let them beat you in the paint, time and time again. Tony Allen made cuts to the basket, as he should, because he can't shoot. So why are we guarding him like he is a 40% 3ptr shooter.Vasquez made a living in the paint, when did he become a shooter. It's called a zone people, used against certain players it is very effective.But not if it is something you never taught/coach. POP!You can't dictate to the other team how they are going to play. You have to adjust.

The type of game you described is the EXACT type of game the Spurs played all year...They are nothing but a jump shooting team with ZERO inside presence on offensive or defense.....

April 30, 2011  08:37 AM ET
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timmy cant hold zbo now ....back in the day timmy would have killed him but zbo is fast .....

Ummm did you read what I posted. Z-bo is fast but he can't post TD up.

I would rather see Z-bo out quick TD 15 ft from the basket. Than over power the other Spurs 5 ft from the basket.

We saw him 5ft from the basket scoring 31 pts. I don't think he would score 31 15ft from the basket.

I know what I am talking about here. The proper adjustment was not made. PERIOD

I just hope the Spurs front office finally realizes what I have known and been preaching for 4 dam years.

Pop is done.

April 30, 2011  08:41 AM ET
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Ummm did you read what I posted. Z-bo is fast but he can't post TD up.I would rather see Z-bo out quick TD 15 ft from the basket. Than over power the other Spurs 5 ft from the basket.We saw him 5ft from the basket scoring 31 pts. I don't think he would score 31 15ft from the basket.I know what I am talking about here. The proper adjustment was not made. PERIODI just hope the Spurs front office finally realizes what I have known and been preaching for 4 dam years.Pop is done.

LOL...You know what your talking about? CLASSIC......


DUNCAN IS FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 30, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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People need to give credit where its due. The Griz were the better team this series. Would it have been different if the Spurs played POR, NOH we dont know. I would not burn the spurs yet because they are old.

Better team?

So coaching had nothing to do with. So strategy has no part in this equation?

You people are insane, if you think Memphis is a better team that S.A.

Memphis was an 8 seed for a reason. They can't shoot.

If you think an 8th seed in the NBA is better than a 1 seed then there must be something truly wrong with the way you evaluate talent.

The only way Memphis is a better team is if you let Bonner guard Z-bo for 20 mins of a 48 minute game. PERIOD.

 
April 30, 2011  08:46 AM ET
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LOL...You know what your talking about? CLASSIC......DUNCAN IS FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah I do know what I am talking about. I said the Spurs were doomed because of Pop and they were.

TD is finished because his coach told him the Grizz would fold.

Instead of coaching and making adjustments. Like I told you Pop can't do anymore. He is done.

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