With all that is going on in the NBA right now, some stories, teams, or players will not be talked about as much as others; and if you’re not following the game consistently, then you might jut miss a few things. From the Warriors record-setting start to the 76ers “record-setting start”, one team is flying so far under the radar that people have forgotten that they are even around. That team is the San Antonio Spurs. I’m telling you, the Spurs are quietly making a case as the team that has the best ability to beat the Warriors in the west.
If you watched the 2014 finals and are a Heat fan like myself, then you were probably throwing the remote and saying mean words…much like myself. However, I could not help but watch how beautifully the Spurs were playing. That was how the game was meant to be played. I highly recommend that film as a basis for teaching teams basic teamwork and ball movement. Gregg Popovich is a genius and I just absolutely love his philosophy.
Now, let’s take that style (which hasn’t changed since Pop got there) and apply it to this year’s team. Tony Parker still gets it done by slicing through the defense and commanding the offense, Danny Green stretched the floor and drains 3’s on opponents, Kawhi “The Claw” Leonard is one of the best all-around players in the league, and then LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan are showing shades of Duncan/Robinson. Off the benach you’ve got Manu being beast, David West providing toughness and veteran experience,then Boris Diaw and Patty Mills bringing lots of energy. Not to mention how well Pop is able to get the best out of all his players.
Right now, the Spurs are the best defensive teams in the league, have won the most games by double digits, and have one of the longest home winning streaks. Now it’s only December, but watch out for these guys. Pop will keep his older guys on a good rest schedule and make sure everyone is ready for the playoffs. They will definitely make some noise come April and May.