Consistency, Balance Key to Success of Veteran San Antonio Spurs

By Shane Phillips
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs have been a dominant force in the NBA for over a decade and always find a way to contend for the championship. The unmatched success can be credited to four faces that have been with the franchise for this long reign of supremacy. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Gregg Popovich have combined to form a quartet that may be one of the best in the history of basketball.

Despite the increasing age of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili, the Spurs always find themselves in contention for the championship. Their secret? Consistency and balance, which they demonstrated Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors did not stand a chance against a team with such high basketball intelligence and impeccable teamwork, especially with the ink still wet on Rudy Gay‘s trade. Toronto is still trying to find some footholds after a big trade with the Sacramento Kings. The Spurs took advantage of a faltering team with a victory, 116-103.

The Spurs overcame a slow start and a 12-point deficit after the first quarter thanks to seven players scoring in double-digits and 30 team assists. The team play and balance of San Antonio is unlike any other as they lead the league in assists per game with 24.8.

Once again, the Spurs are at a top tier team in the Western Conference at 16-4 and looked poised for another deep playoff run. Popovich will have to monitor his veterans and rest them accordingly like he always does. With nine players averaging over seven points per game and mesmerizing ball movement, the Spurs are geared for another potential run to the Finals. The rest of the NBA has been warned.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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