12 players got playing time and only one player played over 30 minutes for the San Antonio Spurs in their blowout victory over the Philadelphia 76ers and not one of those 12 players was Tim Duncan. Six of the 12 players actually managed to score double digits as well. Games like this show just how deep and dangerous the Spurs are and will continue to be this season.
Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Duncan are the big three for the Spurs, but they are not the only players on the team that should worry opposing teams. Depth like this will come in handy later in the season when Gregg Popovich decides to rest the likes of Duncan or Ginobli because they’re old or wants to rest just about anyone else on the Spurs.
The age of San Antonio continues to go up, but each year they continue showing that age is only a number. It also helps when just about every player on the Spurs’ bench can come into a game and step up when needed. Popovich is a great head coach and leader so players enjoy playing for him which makes the game of basketball come that much easier to not just each individual, but the Spurs as a whole.
San Antonio was a Ray Allen three-pointer away from defeating the Miami Heat in last year’s NBA Finals, yet everyone came into this season favoring the Oklahoma City Thunder to come out of the West. The Spurs are quietly 7-1 and no one seems to be talking about them, but that’s exactly how the Spurs like it.
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