The San Antonio Spurs win 11 in a row, get beat by a bad team and then come back better than ever without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Is anyone surprised? Didn’t think so. It was just another day at the office for Tony Parker and his underrated, unheralded teammates on Sunday night against the Brooklyn Nets in a 111-86 win after San Antonio trailed by double digits in the first quarter.
Once again, the Spurs were without Duncan and Ginobili during this early part of their Rodeo Trip, but it didn’t matter. The bright lights of the Big Apple didn’t faze what many perceive to be the dull Spurs (no pun intended) even without the two stars.
The win proves yet again that the Spurs don’t need star power to win because they are the textbook definition of a well-rounded and efficient team. Five Spurs scored in double digits and 11 of the 12 San Antonio players who saw the floor scored at least a bucket. Textbook execution from players like Nando De Colo (we know, you have no idea) is what makes the Spurs tick.
Sure, the Nets are an upstart team in a new home with a shiny new stadium, but none of that matters against a team like the Spurs when they’re at their best, which is 99 percent of the time. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said after the game that his team’s defense and Parker’s individual play won the game for San Antonio. He didn’t even mention teamwork and flawless execution by a bunch of no-name players. Why? Because even though you don’t know the names of the Spurs, you know they play old-school basketball night in and night out. And no matter how bad you hate it, they simply can’t be stopped.