The 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs are once again being ruled out of finals contention. Some even question whether or not they will make the playoffs.
It’s all nonsense.
The Spurs are the seventh seed in the Western Conference. That looks bad on the outside, but when you dig deeper, it’s actually irrelevant. Their record is 36-23, 13 games over .500. In my estimation, that’s pretty good. I believe the two-time Western Conference champions will not be taken down without a brutal fight this year. Here’s why.
Tony Parker has been hammered down with injury and has not played as well as expected. But this is also irrelevant as we approach the playoffs. Once playoffs begin, he’ll be elevated to “best point guard in the league,” and rightfully so. The Spurs base themselves on playoff success rather than success during the regular season.
All-Star forward Tim Duncan is averaging 14.5 points per game, and slightly less than 10 rebounds and two blocks a game, and he is almost 39 years old. NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is averaging 15 points per game along with slightly over seven boards a game. Although they haven’t looked too crisp in this regular season, the Spurs still have the best coach in the NBA, Gregg Popovich. They have the same starting five with an improved bench from last season.
All the worries about the Spurs are premature and unwarranted and they should have no problem reaching the Western Conference Finals. As of now, it looks like the Spurs will face the Memphis Grizzles. Memphis is a good team also poised to make a run, however the Spurs easily handled them last year when the playoffs rolled around.
The only teams I see the Spurs having possible trouble against are the Warriors and the Thunder. The Warriors have the best shooting backcourt in the NBA and that alone could win a series. However David Lee and Andrew Bogut haven’t played up to par this year, which could hurt them down low come playoff time. The Thunder are a wildcard because of Kevin Durant’s health. If he is 100%, they could easily go on a run to the finals, with two of the top five players in the league in KD and Russell Westbrook.
The Spurs have the most complete team in the West as I see it, and although they appear beatable, do not make the mistake of ruling them out. Another thing the Spurs have in their favor is their depth. Tony Parker, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph at point guard, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Marco Belinelli at the two, Leonard, and rookie Kyle Anderson as versatile threes, Duncan, Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw as bigs. Their depth is impenetrable and they are the one of the NBA’s biggest threats. Barring injury, we will see them in June.
Do you think the Spurs will go far?
Image of the Spurs via Huffington Post.
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