Spurs Enjoying Best Start In Franchise History

Feb 8, 2011

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The San Antonio Spurs were supposed to be old, slow and a fading memory in the Western Conference standings. Apparently, they never got the memo.
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The Spurs were a favorite on the NBA spread this past Friday night at Arco Arena facing the Sacramento Kings. It would have been easily understood if the Spurs came out flat just one night after a buzzer-beating tip-in by Antonio McDyess gave them a win over the two-time NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers at the STAPLES Center.
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But not these Spurs. They apparently don’t have letdowns either. The Spurs have now won 10 in a row over Sacramento but more importantly, have won 12 of their last 14 games and have the best record in the NBA.
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Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have won championships together before but all are on the wrong side of 30 and most people figured that they wouldn’t hold a candle to teams like the Lakers or the up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder. Guess again.
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The Spurs 41-8 record marks their best start in franchise history. Not only are they “surviving”, they have four fewer losses than the next best team in the league.
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Duncan has been named to his 13th consecutive All-Star game and clearly, he’s still a centerpiece. But the Spurs have far more depth to work with this season.
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DeJuan Blair is a young stallion that the Spurs can rely on up front, Tiago Splitter is playing well in limited minutes and Richard Jefferson is playing phenomenal after a disappointing first season in San Antonio.
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But there is still skepticism concerning the Spurs. Many people feel they can be had in the postseason – even if they have home court advantage – as they are simply too old to matchup up with the quality Western teams for seven games.
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Either way, we’ll find out the answer to that as the Spurs are the top team in the NBA right now and they have no plans of going anywhere but deep into the playoffs.
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry
    February 8th, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Historically I believe I Heard that about 85% of teams that get off to a start like the Spurs win the NBA Championship

  2. LestersLegends
    February 8th, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Crazy. Though, I think Miami, Boston, and LA are going to be tough to beat.

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