Analysis: For apparently the 3rd straight season, the Spurs targeted up for "one further run" in a championship.

However these aren't exactly the same Spurs that centered the final decade, even when that old guard of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Eva Longoria remains intact.

Gone may be the defense-first philosophy in support of a method more similar to Mike D'Antoni's Suns squads. The Spurs are second within the National basketball association in scoring, while ranking only 16th in points permitted.

It's difficult to argue the prosperity of the brand new style, as it is enabled the Spurs to capture no. 1 seed while restricting the minutes of Duncan (career-low 28.2 minutes per game) and Ginobili (23.3 minutes per game).

However, more quickly has not typically converted to playoff success, as D'Antoni's Suns demonstrated with four playoff looks in 5 years without reaching the National basketball association Finals.

Possibly the Spurs will shorten their bench (12 gamers average 6.4 or even more points per game) and slow their pace throughout the postseason.

After last year's first round loss to t

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