By Trevor Zickgraf, Project Spurs.com
Tuesday was an incredibly busy day for the San Antonio Spurs (and Project Spurs' Paul Garcia who was keeping up with all the news) as they reportedly reached agreements with Tim Duncan
, Patty Mills, Boris Diaw
, Nando De Colo
and Danny Green
in a 24 hour time span. The only Spurs free agent left without a contract is James Anderson, who the Spurs aren't likely to bring back especially with De Colo in the mix. Still, 2012-2013 will look a lot like 2011-2012. That means next year's team will look a lot like the team that won 20 games in a row, but it also means they'll look a lot like the team the lost four in a row to the Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder.
The loss to the Thunder last month left a sour taste in a lot of fan's mouths (present company included). All a lot of us could think about was how the Spurs role players (and at times their MVP candidate point guard) didn't show up when they needed to most. We looked at how dreadful the defense was when Tim Duncan wasn't in the basketball game. Mostly it was just tough to think the Spurs struggles came against the one team they'll have to worry about for the rest of the Tim Duncan era.
What it took some of us a little bit of time to remember was that this is still the same team that torched the rest of the league from February on.
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