Wednesday night was just another day at the office for the team with the NBA’s best record. I mean that is if your office day usually includes multiple hall-of-famers, some patented Euro-steppin’ and punching your ticket to the playoffs with almost a quarter of the season left to go. Yes, we all saw the Lakers take down those San Antonio Spurs on Sunday like the Mexican Army took down the Alamo. But you know what happens when a Gregg Popovich-coached team gets blown out at home (they’re first home loss in almost 3 months)? They start off the game shooting 14/14 from the floor and end the 1st half taking down a fairly decent 80%. Eighty-percent shooting for a half is unreal — like that lion made of bath towels I keep seeing every time I crack my back. And yes, maybe the Lake Show proved that they are probably the better team, but San Antonio didn’t play the Lakers last night. Last night, it was the Detroit Pistons.
What is there to say about our San Antonio Spurs that hasn’t been said before? Last night, they’re ball movement and consistent ability to generate open shots through drive-and-kick is in its own world. And they also have that guy Manu Ginobili, who’s 2nd quarter cross-foul-line-two-step-into-step-back-J just made me laugh. That shot is just not for American-born players. It’s a cultural thing. Timmy Duncan continued his efficient play with yet another double-double — and at the end of the contest Tony Parker closed it out like the club at 2 a.m. Tony’s move to split the double and avoid the help defenders with 1:30 left in the 4th was breathtaking. It’s one thing to trounce a sub-.500 team’s hopes, it’s another to do it with such style.
Wednesday night was just another day at the office for the boys. So what if they may be outmatched in the middle by the defending champs? Who cares if there’s a major bench contributor that is consistently referred to as “The Red Rocket?” After a 111-104 win over the Pistons at home, for the San Antonio Spurs, it all feels pretty darn good.
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Written by Chris Aquillino
I answer phone calls for a major beverage company. It sucks.