Last night, two of the top three teams in the Western Conference squared off in what would likely be a play-off preview when the San Antonio Spurs took on the Los Angeles Clippers in California. One of the most intriguing match-ups of the conference is Tony Parker v. Chris Paul, who recently earned NBA All-Star MVP honors last weekend. Though Parker has been shut down in the Spurs’ previous meeting with the Clippers this year, last night it was Tony Parker who won the battle and showed that he is still one of the top point guards in the league.
Even though Parker has approached the other side of 30, he quietly continues to improve his game. There is no doubt that he is playing the best basketball of his eleven year NBA career, which is pretty remarkable considering that he is a five-time All Star and has three Championship rings already.
In the month of February, over his last seven games, Parker is averaging an incredible 29 points and 9 assists. Add to that he’s only averaging a little over two turnovers per game and that makes for a pretty impressive month.
It’s hard to argue that the Spurs have been the most consistent team over the last decade, and they currently hold the best record in the league; nevertheless, it’s been five years since they’ve captured their last NBA crown. Sure there are flashier teams in the NBA, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Miami Heat, and even the Clippers, but the Spurs continue to prove that a team doesn’t have to be flashy to be successful.
However, the Spurs know better than anyone that regular season records don’t matter if you can’t make it through the grueling series of the postseason. Could this be the year they finally get over their postseason hump and get back to the top?
If Parker continues to play at the level at which he’s been playing, they certainly stand an excellent chance.