The San Antonio Spurs are finally doing things right; it’s about time, huh? In this week’s NBA.com power rankings the Spurs come in at number SEVEN, up four spots from last week where they sat #11. Oh, by the way, they have also won several games on the road.
Things are going very well for the Spurs. Tony Parker had 42 points and nine assists against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. That was the end of their perfect week, going 4-0 against West Coast opponents, and earning the title of “Hero Team of the Week.” Their run last week raised their record to 17-9, and now sit top of the Southwest Conference and third in the West, trailing only Oklahoma City and the LA Clippers. After beating Memphis on the road (yes, shocking!) on Monday the Spurs are riding a five game win streak heading into tonight’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Tonight’s game opens up an eight game road trip for the Spurs, who won’t play a game at home until after the All-Star break. During this stretch they should hopefully improve their road record as they match up against teams like New Jersey, Detroit and Toronto. Tim Duncan has been more dominant on the court as of late, scoring 19 against the Hornets and pulling down 15 rebounds against the Thunder.
Things can only get better for San Antonio; Manu Ginobili could return this week after missing 21 games so far this season due to a broken shooting hand. Before his injury, Ginobili was the leading scorer on the Spurs, averaging almost 18 points a game. The Spurs are 14-7 without him, but he is most missed in his ability to control the ball and feed it to his teammates. Ginobili is not supposed to start when he returns according to coach Gregg Popovich. Instead, he will provide a great spark off the bench as he eases his way back into the rotation.
Lastly, congratulations to Tim Duncan who became the 26th player in NBA history to score 22,000 career points and the 11th player to have 12,000 rebounds. The others on that short list of 11 include Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers such as: Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone, Robert Parish, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkly, Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett. With his play as of late, Duncan will surely continue his upward momentum for the Spurs as they attempt to take control of the Western Conference.
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Written by Chelsea Curto
Chelsea is a college senior who is majoring in art history and minoring in communications. She plans to become a sports broadcaster. She is a former Division 1 athlete who rowed for a year and a half in college. She enjoys any and all sports, especially basketball. She plans to pursue her education in communication at the graduate school level. Follow her on Twitter: @chelseacurto