The San Antonio Spurs went into Sunday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets short-handed with no Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili. That didn’t stop San Antonio though from blowing open a tight game during the second half for their 40th win of the season in a 111-86 victory. It was a game that proved how deep San Antonio really is.
While Tony Parker led the scoring attack for the Spurs, it was players like Danny Green and Tiago Splitter that did most of the heavy lifting. Splitter just missed a double-double while Green was in double figures. This is a very dangerous San Antonio team that held Brooklyn to just 14 points in the third quarter after giving up 57 points in the first half. I wouldn’t want to be one of the teams in the Western Conference that has to face the Spurs in the playoffs. The Nets, on the other hand, are still bumbling around with a 29-22 record. That will likely get Brooklyn to their playoffs in their first year at their new home, but it is a disappointment after starting the year so well.
The Nets seem to have problems with the guard combination of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. Until those issues are fixed, this team isn’t going to go anywhere. San Antonio showed Brooklyn what a team looks like in dominating during the second half, and Brooklyn can learn from this before the playoffs, while San Antonio just keeps doing what they do – that’s using every single player on the roster to their benefit.