It’s safe to say that the San Antonio Spurs have just as much oil as the Eagle Ford Shale oil depository just south of San Antonio.
As the much as the Shale has brought new-found prosperity to South Texas, the Spurs continue to make the fans of the area just as proud. You can see the tenacity on their faces and the energy in their steps. The Spurs set a goal after their heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals that they would be hoisting the Mark O’Brien trophy for the fifth time in 15 years, and they’re set on achieving it.
The Spurs did not care about their 62-win season. The Spurs did not care about going the distance in their first-round matchup against their North Texas rivals, the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs did not care about giving their second-round opponent, the young Portland Trail Blazers, a postseason education that they would not forget anytime soon.
No, the Spurs do not care about any of that. They care about reclaiming what they thought was rightfully theirs last season. That is their same mission here in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team with similar championship aspirations who has the unfortunate fate of going up against a Spurs team that is ruthlessly efficient in their single-minded goal.
It was clear on Monday night which team is on a mission. Before the series, I predicted the Spurs to beat this team in six games. Why six games? Because Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will lead the Thunder to at least two victories. But that will be all she wrote for the Thunder.
The Spurs are playing on a whole other level compared to the rest of the NBA right now. Their mission is to get back to the Finals, and if it means crushing the league MVP’s title hopes in the process, then so be it.