The Warriors reward for going 37-4 in the first half of the season is a 1.5 game lead on the Spurs. Lucky them. At this point, I think we can say that both teams are really, really good.
Here are some very random and very Spurs-y items.
I went to the Mavericks game last night with bones, an old PtR guy who was in from Ohio. I met him in downtown SA at The Friendly Spot Ice House. He had a tag along. A fellow named Chris who came down from Ohio with him. Chris had never been to a professional basketball game.
The first two months of the NBA season has been enlightening. For the first time in a good ten years, at least, we have zero parity in the league. There are only four teams capable of winning the title this year. Period. No exceptions. The “can Team X win the title” discussions are a non-starter on the talk shows.
The separation of the Spurs from the rest of the pack has shown me something interesting this year. We get to see the other team’s level of commitment.
For all the weeping and gnashing of teeth about the Spurs first half, it’s really amazing to see where we are. Yes, it’s a 7 seed right now, but the standings are so tight, they are only 4 games out of 2nd and the same 4 games from being in 1st in the Southwest division. The ESPN Hollinger Stats show the Spurs in 6th overall and less than a point behind the Rockets in 5th. Those stats don’t know how many games the team lost due to injury (a lot) or how much better the Spurs tend to play in the second half of a season anyway (also, a lot). In short, there’s no need to get panicky. The team is not yet firing on all cylinders, but the signs are there that they can be. Continue Reading…
I can make a ton – a ton, I tell you – of excuses of why I haven’t posted in about a month. The Holiday season is a difficult time to write (sure). My family demands increase dramatically this time of year (absolutely). My job demands also revolve around the beginning and end of school semesters (that’s a good one too). But here’s the truth: the unfortunate, sad reality to which I have finally succumbed about the last 4-5 weeks of Spurs basketball. The Spurs are just a really hard team about which to write. Like me over the Holidays, the team doesn’t have a lot of rhythm right now. The difference was I didn’t have to write; they still had 18 games to play. I’m glad the Spurs are more dependable than I am. Continue Reading…
I think we can all agree with Pop about lots of things. He’s a super smart, interesting guy with lots of opinions. But one thing about which I think he is hell-bent to change is the NBA schedule. The man is clearly on a mission to force the NBA to deal with the schedule issue. What’s the issue? Too many games in “spurts”, like the one the Spurs are about to get into, where there are 9 games in the next 14 days. And then there are these weird 3 day off stretches for no good reason. And we all agree because Pop is right, of course: the schedule prevents us from seeing the best possible basketball. So as we reach the point where this crazy scheduled season is about 1/4 over, it’s a good opportunity to do some assessment about why they are winning a lot of games (other than, “they are really good”).
We have one more week of a bunch of lousy teams and boring games to endure. I like a good old fashioned ass kicking as much as the next guy, but this has been ridiculous. The team has to play a disappointing game for the margin to be under 15. The Wolves and Sixers are just awful teams. Those are not fun games to watch. The Nets? UGHHH!!!