Spurs Write Their Perfect Finish





HANG TIME WEST – After all the concern about the closing schedule with games in rapid-fire succession, all the displeasure at a back-to-back-to-back in California last week only to turn around for another back-to-back in Oakland on Thursday night to close the regular season, the ending could not have gone much better for the Spurs.

The last few weeks went from nightmare possibilities about laboring into the postseason to, in actuality, their dream outcome: a 10-game winning streak without coming close to taxing the veterans. Along the way the Spurs secured the best record in the conference and home-court advantage through the West bracket, all the while making rest the priority, with no concerns at the very end over the impact of the travel schedule.

Did we mention coach Gregg Popovich got to limit the minutes of his veterans?

That was No. 1 on the game-plan list, not edging the Thunder for the top spot in the West. Finishing first was just a prize that went along with it.

The Spurs were so locked into R&R mode that even Popovich skipped the finale against the Warriors, leaving the coaching to assistant/protégé Mike Budenholzer. With the game being played in Oakland, Popovich was in San Antonio. As was Tim Duncan. And Manu Ginobili. And Tony Parker. And Gary Neal. Two other key parts of the rotation, Stephen Jackson and Kawhi Leonard, were there, but did not play.

Duncan logged 52 total minutes the final six Spurs games, Ginobili 81 (never more than 25 any night) and Parker all of 96 (never more than 28). The entire Big Three stayed behind as what remained of the lineup handled the Phoenix-Golden State back-to-back. And yet, win after win after win.

The plan was to stay in San Francisco on Thursday night, return to San Antonio on Friday and practice Saturday in preparation of Game 1 against Utah on Sunday, with the schedule another win considering the Spurs could have had the difficult turnaround of a Saturday playoff opener. Even the calendar is breaking right for them.

15 Comments

  1. Carlosp says:

    Spurs nunca a escuchado las estupideses de ninguna gente de prensa, por eso es el mejor equipo de la NBA. Go spurts GO

  2. MaFox says:

    heat are my team, but spurs are winning the whole thing

  3. duncan has got his game back he is lookin like the young duncan if he keeps it up they can go all the way i would love to see duncan have another run in him i think he is the best pf ever and the 5 best player ever plus the best of the last decade better then kobe and shaq, sense duncan came to the spurs the have the best record in the history of basketball since he joined and at one time the best in all the 4 major sports i don’t know if that is still true but duncan should get more respect then he gets, and people should appericate greatness and watch someone play the game the right way fundametally.

  4. TEG says:

    @charles if you’re hoping for Jazz to make some noise, I wouldn’t count on it. while the Jazz bigs will try to protect the paint, Spurs has many guys that can shoot 3s.

  5. mattman says:

    lakers v spurs in western finals…spurs are the most balanced team in the league: http://www.mindofmattman.com/2012/04/2012-nba-contender-mash-up.html

  6. charles says:

    The only challenge to the spurs is that even a rested Tim Duncan isn’t as quick as he used to be. Speed in the NBA game will matter and the jazz have four young, athletic and quick big men – Jefferson, Milsap, Kanter and Favors. If those four guys do their job, they should exhaust the front men of the Spurs. It’s a long shot, but they gotta go with their strength. The weakness for the Jazz is slowing down Tony Parker who has had an absurd year. But if they manage to attack the rim and just exhaust Tim Duncan maybe their is a sliver of a hope.

  7. BFoulds says:

    Spurs will win it all!

  8. Marcus Bastos says:

    Go Spurs all the way to the NBA’s finals where they will play the Chigago Bulls.

  9. shellackshock24 says:

    @ :47 sec it gives me goosbumps to see Leonard dunkin over Ibaka like that I was said no Georgie this year but after 1 year watching Leonard I see the future

  10. Rolly del Mundo says:

    Go Spurs Go!

  11. gycee says:

    yeah!!!! go spurs go!!!! 5th ring is definitely within our reach now..

  12. Ted says:

    Haha I thought the Austin Toros are going to play against GS

  13. NBAfan says:

    Man…the Spurs are like the Kobe Bryant of NBA teams…they don’t seem like they are dominant but they are so damn good if you look at the TOTALITY OF WHAT THEY’VE DONE.

    Go Spurs!

  14. HezBula says:

    Wow!!! The Spurs look really polished at this point and seem to be peaking at the right time. Hard to believe that they’ve completed this win streak without having to rely on the Big 3. Probably the most complete team heading into the playoffs. I would not be surprised if they play the Grizzlies in the Conference Finals (if that’s a possibility)

    • crazy_ghost says:

      if both spurs and grizzlies succed on their first round match-ups,,,they will face each other earlier than you think…
      (2nd round) western semi-finals will be their rematch of last years 1st round series!!!