Do not mind the fact that it took the San Antonio Spurs, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, seven games to defeat the No. 8 seed Dallas Mavericks. The 2014 NBA playoffs have a different look than past postseasons, as the competition appears to be fierce. The good news for the Spurs is that Tony Parker’s leadership through his play on the court is exactly why the team has a great chance to win it all this year.
The 31-year-old veteran had his down moments in the first round series. Believe it or not, it was in Game 4 in which Parker went 5-for-14 from the field with only 10 points. San Antonio’s ability to overcome his below-average performance and win the game by four points is just another reason that the Spurs continue to prove they are the team to beat.
For his little down moments though, Parker had some very big ones in the series. In 34 minutes of play in Game 7, he shot 57.9 percent from the field (11-for-19). He also had four rebounds, four assists and a whopping 32 points. The Spurs went on to dismantle the Mavericks 119-96 during Sunday’s statement victory.
”I just knew that I had to be aggressive if we wanted to have a chance to win the game because of the strategy that the Mavericks chose,” Parker said, according to Yahoo! Sports. ”They just dared me to score.”
Daring Parker to score is something other teams will have to avoid if they want any chance of coming away with a win against the Spurs. Even though San Antonio looked lost at times during the opening series, the overpowering performance in a must-win Game 7 gave them all the confidence they need. On top of that, they know that if Parker goes off, which can happen at any time, they have a legitimate shot to do something special.
The Spurs have not won an NBA championship since 2007. Considering Parker and the other key veterans do not have much time left, expect to see a similar showing as last year with a different outcome.