Spur-rise Surprise: San Antonio To Make Noise In The 2012 NBA Playoffs

By CDR
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There’s nearly two and a half weeks left in the NBA regular season. With the race to the playoffs in full effect, teams are currently jousting for position in order to get a better standing.

Everyone seemed to have already locked in the elite teams to go far in the tournament, such as the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, OKC Thunder and the L.A. Lakers, but few many people are talking about the San Antonio Spurs regardless of the team’s success this year. The Spurs are in the middle of a 10-game winning streak and presently holds the #1 seed in the Western Conference.

Speaking realistically, if you were to ask an average fan a question regarding who will win the NBA Championship, eight out of ten times, the San Antonio Spurs would not even be considered in the conversation. Unless of course, you’re asking fans in Texas, then it’ll most likely be a different story. In all honesty, no one talks about the Spurs. I hope to change people’s mindset moving forward.

When this year’s NBA 66-game season started back on Christmas Day, the NBA community was barely mentioning the San Antonio Spurs. I would be dishonest myself if I said I wasn’t part of that group at the time. At this moment, the Spurs should not be overlooked by any means.

Here are some reasons why.

• After 53 games played, the San Antonio Spurs are atop the Western Conference with the best record [39-14].

• Throughout 14 weeks of Power Rankings, sports juggernaut ESPN.com had never ranked the Spurs #1. The closest was #2 on various weeks. You better believe that the San Antonio Spurs will be playing with a “chip on their shoulders” come playoff time.

• According to the current standings of teams in the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs have a record of 18-8 against both conferences. A great statistic that clearly shows the team’s dominance and should be considered very dangerous in the playoffs. See below graphic breakdown for reference.

• Spurs Big Three, SG Manu Ginobili, PF/C Tim Duncan, and PG Tony Parker are all healthy for the start of the playoffs.

• The Spurs have a coach in Gregg Popovich, who is the longest tenured coach in the NBA and one of the most respected minds in the sport. Popovich is most likely the most important ingredient in this situation. Great coaching always wins.

• The San Antonio Spurs have tremendous role-playing big men, in Bonner/Blair/Splitter/Diaw. A deep bench is always needed in the playoffs and the Spurs have one this year.

The San Antonio Spurs are legitimate contenders in this year’s NBA Playoffs. This team is quiet, but they’re explosive. Start to include them in your daily NBA discussions. Led by one of the best coaches in NBA history, this fiery San Antonio Spurs ball club is ready to simultaneously shock the league and the entire world.

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8 Responses to Spur-rise Surprise: San Antonio To Make Noise In The 2012 NBA Playoffs

  1. Yes, Christian…I haven’t personally seen much of the Spurs this season but every time their name comes up it is in relation to San Antonio beating someone “they shouldn’t have.” Popovich is a great coach and they certainly appear to be on the short list of teams that can reach the Finals.

    • CDR says:

      Most definitely Bruce. As everyone knows, anything can happen in the playoffs. Teams need to be careful with the Spurs. San Antonio is a team you wouldn’t want to take lightly.

  2. tophatal says:

    As a die-hard Spurs’ fan my issue is that I don’t want to see the complacency exhibited last season in the playoffs . They wilted under pressure and never recovered .

    tophatal

    • CDR says:

      Sure Alan, but even the best of teams get beat. The one positive for the Spurs is their coach. Gregg Popovich has the ability to calm his players down. San Antonio also has veterans, which will help them get through the ups and downs. Great coach, deep bench, veteran leadership…. the Spurs will be just fine.

  3. If Popovich wins the title again this year, would it be his best coaching performance ever and where does he then rank amongst the greatest coaches?

    • CDR says:

      Honestly, I believe “Pop” is the 2nd best coach in NBA history behind the Zen master, Phil Jackson. If Gregg Popovich was to win his fifth title this year, it would only confirm even more his great coaching career. Throughout all these years, players have flourished in “Pop’s” system. San Antonio was more known for having a great team every year rather than just all-star players. “Pop” knew how to get the most out of his team on a consistent basis. This to me is what differentiates Gregg Popovich from the others.

  4. Sam Brief says:

    I don’t think they will make noise in the playoffs. I just can’t see the Spurs beating a younger, healthier team.

    • CDR says:

      Thanks for the comment Sam. That’s why we love the playoffs right? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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