Another night, another win for the San Antonio Spurs. This has become routine for the veteran group that constantly hears about being “too old” or “too slow” to keep up with the young athletic teams of today’s NBA. However, another game means another win over an exciting, possible championship contender.
Wednesday night, the Spurs cruised over the Portland Trailblazers with a 103-90 victory, good for their eighth consecutive win. In a game which the Spurs never trailed, the simple basics of the game is what kept this game from ever being close enough to warrant some memorable Gregg Popovich quotes — the simple basics like sharing the ball, constantly moving on both sides of the ball, and waiting for the best shot possible.
The reserves played most of the second half and continued to pour it on the Blazers, who many feel can make their way to the NBA Finals this year. So, the real question becomes, why isn’t anybody talking about the Spurs?
All we’ve heard this season is, can the Indiana Pacers dethrone the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference? In the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder still look to be the favorite, while many believe the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Trailblazers and Golden State Warriors are ready to represent the West in the NBA Finals. Then, there’s the lowly bunch of guys in San Antonio who sit atop the Western Conference standings with the best record in the NBA (48-16).
So again, why isn’t anybody talking about the Spurs? Maybe it’s the dull playing style that doesn’t result in the crowd igniting dunks we all long for. Maybe it’s because LeBron James facing Kevin Durant makes for a more appealing headline. Maybe basketball fans becoming so familiar with the Spurs dominating the regular season that talking about it just becomes ritual. Either way, the Spurs are still around and playing at a high enough level to find themselves representing the Western Conference in the final series of the season.