Once again, the San Antonio Spurs sit as the best team in the NBA and no one seems to notice. But on Wednesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers had no choice but no notice the 103-90 beating the Spurs handed them.
The selfless play, magnificent ball-movement, unmatched teamwork and dead-eye shooting are just some factors that have helped the Spurs reach their league best 48-16 record. And all those factors were displayed against the Trail Blazers’ defense all night long.
San Antonio long-range attack proved to be successful as they shot 45.8 percent from the beyond the arc. Spurs’ reserve Patty Mills was able to knock down 3-of-6 from downtown, but starter Danny Green did the most damage from three. He sank 4-of-7 three-point field goal attempts to finish with 14 points on the night. Green had 11 points by the end of the first half.
It was the unselfish ball movement that set up the best three-point shooting team in the league. A total of 21 assists on the night for the Spurs put the ball in the hands of the sharpshooters and let them go to work. The backcourt for the Spurs continually made paint penetration to open up the floor for the shooters and it paid off big time.
The Spurs have now won eight straight and they have done it in a classic Spurs’ fashion. Nobody expected the aging team to hang around despite significant injuries to big-name players. But they have not only stayed in contention, they have become the best team in the NBA without making any noise. It is kind of funny to think about the hottest team in sports sneaking up on teams, but that looks like the current situation; and Gregg Popovich would not have it any other way.