San Antonio Spurs Versatility Continues to Make Them Contender

By Cody Williams
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The San Antonio Spurs were getting lit up by Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night coming into the fourth quarter. However, the Spurs came out in the fourth quarter and put on an impressive offensive display that helped them to pull out the 117-110 victory over Minnesota and improve to 18-4 on the 2013-14 NBA season.

San Antonio’s offense was certainly their saving grace on Friday night. The Spurs shot 55.2 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from three as a team, as well as having six players score in double-figures on the night. Sure, a lot of that is due to the Wolves not exactly being a defensive stalwart, but that doesn’t totally discredit the Spurs’ offensive effort, if it even does at all.

The Spurs’ defense was a different matter, though. While they obviously didn’t have an answer for Love, who finished with 42 points and 14 rebounds, the Wolves offense as a whole also was quite productive. Minnesota shot a decent 43.2 percent from the floor while shooting a blisteringly impressive 47.8 percent from three.

What this game really highlighted, though, was that the Spurs are such a multi-faceted team, as they have been for years. Averaging 107 points per 100 possessions and giving up only 95.9 points per 100 possessions, the Spurs are the only team in the league that ranks in the top five of both categories. This Spurs team has the ability to be a suffocating defensive team that makes life hard for opponents, but can also succeed in a shootout if that’s the way the game plays out. This is somewhat old news, but the Spurs, despite the fact that they’re aging, remain a contender because they can beat you no matter what the game situation calls for.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

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