There will always be the naysayers and the haters that count out the San Antonio Spurs every year for various reasons. Some dislike their slow-methodical style of play and others use age as an excuse for denial into the elite team discussion. Maybe the small market of San Antonio is not fast-paced enough for the media outlets or maybe there is not enough TMZ gossip about the players. For whatever reason, the Spurs are the most underrated team in NBA history.
Since the injuries to Tiago Splitter, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs have been in quite a tailspin. They are playing .500 basketball with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games. Surprisingly enough, three of those five losses came at the AT&T Center which has been a tough place to grab a win for visiting teams in the past. The haters are probably enjoying their view right now, but they shouldn’t get too comfortable.
The Spurs are currently ranked first in three-point percentage, first in assists and second in field gold percentage as a team. The stats suggest that the even with the injuries and some L’s in their column, Gregg Popovich still has control of his men. They are still following the same script that has brought them so much success and the legacy of four championships. Under the tutelage of Pop, the Spurs have won 938 games and two coach of the year awards resulted as a by-product.
Things may look bleak for San Antonio right now, but the Spurs are right where they want to be. With the media doubting their abilities, the Spurs thrive off the lack of attention and they are still playing their brand of basketball. Once the missing pieces of Ginobili, Green, Leonard and Splitter come back into action it will be as if they never left. The power of motivation is a special tool that only the great teams learn how to harness. And the hate — or lack there of — will be the perfect fuel for the defending Western Conference champs.