Throughout the 2012-2013 NBA regular season, much of the same narrative could be found when it came to the San Antonio Spurs; “they’re too old to keep up the pace” or “they’re fizzle out in the playoffs like they have the last couple seasons”.
Apparently this is the year where the Spurs prove their doubters wrong, as they are one win away from advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007. More impressively, San Antonio is doing it with the same core of players that they have been for over a decade now; Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan.
The Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime in game three Saturday to take a commanding three games to none lead in the Western Conference Finals, with their three stars combining for 69 points on 27-50 from the field — 26 for Parker, 24 and 10 from Duncan and 19, seven rebounds and five assists off the bench for Ginobili.
While many analysts believed the Spurs were too old and banged up to survive a brutal seven game series against the Grizzlies, it appears to be the other way around. San Antonio’s superior coaching from Gregg Popovich all season has prepared them to be able to remain as fresh as can be expected at this point in the season, as it’s paying dividends for them and has the Spurs on the verge of their second swept in three series.
Can the Spurs keep this up long enough to win another championship? Well, with the way this season has gone anything is possible, and if San Antonio manages to sweep the Grizzlies they’ll have all the rest they can get to prepare for their eventual Finals opponent. They’ll definitely need it for at least one more tough series on the horizon.