The San Antonio Spurs have gotten off to yet another successful year in the 2013-14 NBA season with their aging stars still performing incredibly well. However, what might be most impressive about their start to this season is that they’ve been doing so with one of their key contributors from last season, Danny Green, struggling.
Green has put up decent numbers, but he’s been far more inconsistent and far less of a factor on a nightly basis than he was last season. That was on display on Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks as Green managed just seven points in 30 minutes on the floor, though he did grab nine boards. However, the Spurs were able to come out the big winners on Wednesday, largely thanks to the effort of the rest of their backcourt.
Tony Parker was, as you might expect, big for the Spurs as he put up 25 points and seven assists while shooting 10-15 from the field. However, it was also Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli and Cory Joseph contributing big production off of the bench and helped lead the way to the 112-90 win over the Spurs.
The backcourt of the Spurs, even playing without Manu Ginobili like on Wednesday night, has come up big for San Antonio in numerous instances. Guys like Mills and Joseph have been sparkplugs and Belinelli has been an absolute monster in terms of his scoring output as both a starter and reserve.
San Antonio is clearly one of the best teams in the West and is going to be a factor well into the postseason. If Duncan, Parker and Ginobili are clicking, that’s all this team needs. However, if their backcourt can maintain the level of production that they’ve shown, they could be even better than last season when they made the Finals.