The San Antonio Spurs still have a long ways to go if they want to reach the NBA Finals for the second consecutive season. However, it looks as if the team has a realistic possibility of doing so due to the way veteran point guard Tony Parker is playing as of late.
The Spurs gave the Portland Trail Blazers an epic beating in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. In fact, San Antonio never trailed at any point during their 116-92 win Tuesday night. The most significant part of the game has to be how Parker manhandled Portland’s defense. Once again, his leadership speaks volumes through his play on the court.
“He’s been doing that for a lot of years,” head coach Gregg Popovich said, according to ESPN. “It’s nothing different. He’s the guy that’s our attack guy. (He) creates for everybody and starts the offense. He’s also played very good defense this year and most people don’t really see that.”
Parker took over Game 7 to finish off the Dallas Mavericks. Apparently, he has no intention of stopping there as he recorded 33 points, nine assists, three rebounds, one steal, and shot an astonishing 54.2 percent from the field. It was his second straight game scoring over 30 points.
The 31-year-old’s performance will single-handedly give the Spurs a huge advantage, and it is not only because he’s leading the team in scoring this postseason. Parker’s production on the court gives the other players confidence that an opportunity to play for a NBA championship is very real. He makes everyone else want to raise their level of play because they know that collectively the team has what it takes to win it all.
Even though the Trail Blazers allowed the Spurs to walk all over them in the first game, it does not mean it will become a common theme in the series. Parker and his teammates must continue to build off each other’s performances if they want make 2014 a year to remember.