A blowout win after a losing streak can always pick up a team’s morale. Especially when it’s the longest streak of one’s career. Never in the Tim Duncan era had the San Antonio Spurs lost 6 consecutive games (that’s insane) until this past week. That streak, as quickly as it was started (and as shoddy as it might be — Duncan didn’t play in almost all of the losses) is now over with Sunday afternoon’s demonstrative 114-97 win over the Phoenix Suns.
On Sunday, the band was finally back together with Duncan, Tony “pepe la” Parker, “Grown Ass” Manu Ginobili, and Antonio “loves craps ’cause they’re played with” McDyess finally returning from injury. In a time where these games could have been near-meaningless, a 6-game losing streak brought the stratospheric Spurs back down to earth, up just a game and a half over the hot-as-(insert supermodel name) Lakers coming down the stretch. With Sunday afternoon’s win, and L.A.’s loss at home to the surging Nuggets, the lead is back up to two and a half games, and looking more and more like a number overall seed for San Antonio. This is a good thing. We DO NOT want to play a game 7 v. L.A. in L.A. If the second half has taught us anything, it’s that the Lakers are really really good. Without being too much of a downer (Where’s my xanax when I need it?), while the Spurs have put together the best season, the Lakers absolutely look like the NBA’s best team. We can’t deny it. We can only drink.
So where does that leave us? In a good spot, especially considering Andrew Bynum’s whatever-is-the-opposite-of-ironman status. If he’s not around, the Lakers size and versatility inside is dramatically compromised. As much as he gets a bad rap, Bynum is an animal. He was raised by a clan of crocodiles and gorillas exclusively bred to create the fiercest creature alive (exaggeration). And he’s really big. Too big for any Spurs defender to handle.
But you know who doesn’t have him (or anyone like him)? Everyone else in the West. That’s why, we should get pumped. San Antonio’s pure execution and sage-like experience should lead to at the very least a first-round breeze. Get excited (sort of).
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Written by Chris Aquillino
I answer phone calls for a major beverage company. It sucks.