San Antonio Spurs Still Facing Issues Against NBA's Top Teams

By Juan Pablo Aravena
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The San Antonio Spurs don’t get the respect they deserve year after year.

The Spurs were the first team this year to reach 30 wins in the regular season, they have one of the best second-units in the game and they seem to dominate teams quite often, yet they are always underrated by the fans and the media.

The big difference is that some experts might have solid arguments to think they won’t make it all the way come playoff time, and their performance against the top teams from both Conferences seems to back it up quite well.

The Spurs snapped a six-game winning streak against the Portland Trail Blazers yesterday, and it was the second time the Blazers defeated Gregg Popovich’s men in an equal number of games. They have also dropped two games against the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder in addition to one against the Indiana Pacers.

Despite that fact, the Spurs have one of the best records in the Western Conference and they seem like a lock for the postseason when the schedule hasn’t even reached its midway point yet. That being said, the Spurs need to step their game up against the best teams in the NBA or they could be headed for an early playoff exit.

Even though the Spurs changed their philosophy – as they employ a quicker, up-tempo style – and have limited the minutes of The Big Three to rest them for when it matters the most, the struggles remain present this year. Unless they make a complete turnaround during the playoffs, it seems like they won’t be able to make a deep postseason run like last year.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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