The Spurs on the other hand? I’m not so sure.
The Spurs got off to a fantastic start this season. Ginobili was playing great, Tony Parker was doing work, Tim Duncan was playing less minutes, and everyone on the team knew their role. They were, record-wise, the head of the class of the entire League. It seemed like they were well on their way to getting back in title contention, and it also seemed like they were the last team that anyone would want to see.
Oh, how those days seem so long ago. Now when I watch San Antonio, I see a team that looks hobbled, beat-up, and just plain exhausted. They’ve been blown out by the Lakers and the Heatles (yes, they blew the Heatles out first, but still). They’re currently on a four-game losing streak. Tim Duncan’s out with an ankle injury. Ginobili is on the shelf. Parker is out, and that bench that was so comfortable early in the season looks lost as hell, now that some of their roles have to be altered, in order for the Spurs to compete each night.
They’re hanging on for dear life in the Western Conference standings, in regards to being the top seed, but with the way they’re playing lately, who’s to say the Lakers or the Mavericks won’t pass them? Now make no mistake; the Spurs aren't my team or anything like that. It just sucks that they were playing so well, but now it seems like injuries, fatigue, and a long season are taking their toll to the extreme.
Sure, they're still title contenders, and by the time the playoffs start, they’ll get out of the first round, but after that, it gets real. How will they deal with an Oklahoma City or a Denver team that has athletes for days, present legit mismatches, and, most importantly, are healthy? If the Spurs have to see them with the way they're playing, they can forget about even making it to the conference finals, let alone the championship.
It seems crazy considering the tear they were on all the way up to the All-Star break. It’ll be interesting to see how the remainder of the season plays out, and if you’re a fan of the Spurs, you can only hope Father Time doesn’t eventually do them in.
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