The San Antonio Spurs are very quietly pulling away from the rest of the NBA.
While for the past month stories about Phil Jackson and the Knicks, Kobe Bryant and the lowly Lakers, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade and their struggling Miami Heat, and the Philadelphia 76ers losing streak have been the talk of the league, the Spurs have done their job day-in-day out, winning a franchise record 18-straight games.
They currently sit 3.5 games above the second seed Oklahoma City Thunder for the best record in the NBA.
The Warriors are 6-4 in their last 10 and are coming off a hard-fought, thrilling victory over the Mavericks which succeeded a disappointing defeat at the hands of the inconsistent New York Knicks.
The Spurs are a perfect example of what the Warriors aren’t. They don’t create any commotion, they have a perfect system that allows them to plug in replacement level players and make them starters, and they don’t attract unnecessary attention.
The Dubs are riddled with injuries, but in the eyes of the Spurs that is no excuse for losing games. Last week, Coach Mark Jackson demoted Brian Scalabrine to the D-League a move that probably made Gregg Popovich cringe because of the unnecessary attention it brought to the team.
The Spurs have five guys who each average more than 10 points per game and we could easily have rounded up with Patty Mills (9.9. ppg). Boris Diaw, Danny Green, and Tiago Splitter all also average more than 8.5 ppg and play more than 20 minutes.
The Warriors have only three players who average double-digits and unlike the Spurs who only have one player, Tony Parker, that plays more than 30 minutes per game, Stephen Curry, David Lee, Klay Thompson, and Andre Iguodala all average more than 30 minutes per game.
The Warriors have lost three games to the Spurs this season and are looking to avoid a season sweep.
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