Thursday, March 13, 2014
Spurs peaking at the right time, they continue to be the standard in the NBA
The Tim Duncan era is on borrowed time. I can still see the disappointment in Duncan's face after he missed a hook shot in game seven against Miami. Duncan is a guy that doesn't show much emotion, but he did after he missed the hook, a shot that he's made over a thousand times in his career. Duncan has fallen off statistically this year, he's averaging 29 minutes a night, just your typical saving your older legend for the playoffs move by the Spurs.
The Spurs have won 8 in a row, and they've won 11 of their last 12 games. They've taken hold of the top spot in the West, and the leagues best record at 48-16. The Spurs have battled injuries and age, but they continue to be the leagues standard. How much longer can it last? Has their pain from the 2013 Finals stuck? Is it enough to win their 5th banner in franchise history, and Duncan's 5th ring.
The Spurs embody Red's Celtics of the 50's and 60's. They don't have the banners and rings that the Celtics won from that era. But it's a different time, and the Spurs held up through the ever changing NBA. This is likely the Spurs last chance with Duncan to hoist another banner. The thing is, many I have said that already. The Spurs may follow the Celtics path after Duncan. They still have Pop running the Spurs. They know how to draft well, and they know how to keep a winner going. Will see how it all works out after the 37 year old Duncan hangs it up.