Are San Antonio Spurs For Real?

By Greg Higgins
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Last season, the San Antonio Spurs were in a very enviable position of playing for a NBA championship. A few seconds away from winning the title in Game 6, the Spurs lost the lead, the game and ultimately the series to the Miami Heat in seven games.

This season, the Spurs have quietly been going about their business as once again they find themselves near the top of the Western Conference standings. With a 33-13 record, the Spurs are currently no. 2 in the Western Conference behind the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Just how good are the Spurs really, though? That’s the question that needs to be examined. After their loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, the Spurs have their first three-game losing streak of the season. Who the Spurs are losing to is the bigger concern here.

Against teams not named the Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers and Thunder, the Spurs are 32-2 this season. That’s an insane winning percentage against teams that they should be defeating. Now, do the math and you realize they are 1-11 against all the teams mentioned.

It’s an amazing statistic to look at, and it makes the question about how good they are all the more compelling. It’s one thing to say a team is 33-13, but it’s a totally different thing when you realize that their record against the upper-echelon teams is very poor. This may really come to light when the playoffs start, especially if the Spurs are able to make a deep run.

If the Spurs are hoping to make it back to the Finals, the need to figure out how to beat a good team. Otherwise, they might see an early exit from the playoffs.

Greg Higgins is a NBA contributor for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter.

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