Spurs Swat Hornets
In their most dominant performances of the season, the Spurs took command and flexed their muscles against the New Orleans Hornets, the Spurs took the first seed from the Oklahoma City Thunder by force. Not only did the Spurs take the lead in the West, they showed that no team can match themselves as a whole, San Antonio’s bench alone scored 82 of their 128 points, a season high for the Spurs.
Only one of the starting five for the Spurs achieved double digits, while the reserves had five players in double figures, the highest the reserves have had all year, and a great sign that the Spurs reserves could be starters on any other team, the key to a championship is depth, and health. As the Spurs certainly have depth, injury of Manu Ginobili seems to have been a blessing in disguise for the Spurs as the players under him have developed and blossomed as profession players. The Spurs are heating up, if not already hot and steaming already, surging to the top and ripping the first place crown, and unseating the Oklahoma City Thunder from the number one seed atop of the Western Conference.
As the season series with New Orleans is swept, the Spurs look to be getting ready peak at just the right time, around this time last year, the Spurs limped into the playoffs, and eliminated in the first round. San Antonio seems to have all the pieces to the puzzle for a trip to the NBA Finals, with playoff veterans Patty Mills, Stephen Jackson, and Boris Diaw locked and loaded, and well in sync with Coach Gregg Popovich’s offense.
The Spurs, if the playoffs started today, would face the eighth seed of the Western Conference in the playoffs, that would be the Denver Nuggets, a team San Antonio has beat two out of the three times they have played, but the Nuggets have not faced this Spurs team yet, a much better Spurs team.
The Spurs, with their young talented players, will have a step ahead of their older counterparts, and a few steps quicker with young talented players, who have been very productive while flying under the radar, like Kawhi Leonard, James Anderson, DeJuan Blair, Danny Green, and Cory Joseph. While Joseph remains on the roster, Joseph is in the Development League affiliate, the Austin Toros, for the time being to gain more experience and get more playing time instead of riding the bench in San Antonio. Leonard, Anderson, Blair, and Green are excelling every game for the Spurs, gaining experience and knowledge every game, in preparation for the postseason.
With 13 games left in the regular season, the Spurs hold control of the top seed of the West, and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs, a luxury and a great ace in the hole for the Spurs to have in their back pocket going up against a stalwart opponent and the sixth man in the AT&T Center as the reserve to come in and push the Spurs to victory.
In what is a landmark day for many Spurs fans this season, the Spurs look to extend their winning streak to eleven games and bury the Thunder of Oklahoma City and hold on to the top seed and homecourt advantage.
– Richard Perez