The Warriors may have captivated fans with their record-setting 24 – 0 start, however, the long-in-the-tooth San Antonio Spurs have also begun this season brilliantly with an impressive 21 – 5 record. And, the veteran squad is poised for another long-in-the-postseason run toward the franchise’s sixth NBA championship.
Certainly, the Warriors, led by Splash Brothers Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, have been as exciting and splashy as advertised. Their remarkable ability to score from just about anywhere once they cross half court has flummoxed every defense in the league so far.
Add under-sized Draymon Green with his incredible athleticism and over-sized basketball smarts, rugged rebounder Andrew Bogut and electric wing players Harrison Barnes, Sean Livingston and Andre Iguedala to the rotation, and the Warriors are a formidable foe certain to vanquish all other NBA teams vying for the coveted Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Except the Spurs. That’s right. The Spurs.
The Spurs Started Off Brilliantly Too This Season
The Golden State Warriors need to be looking over the shoulders at the reliable, efficient, well coached and less-than-splashy Spurs. The Texas team would have dominated NBA headlines with their exceptional start this year if not for the Warriors’ historic win streak to start the 2015 – 16 season.
San Antonio has not only displayed its own fire power this NBA season, but the five-time NBA champ has once again demonstrated a balanced, disciplined attack under the excellence of long time coach Gregg Popovich.
Kawhi Leonard has emerged as the team’s star and leading scorer at 20.8 ppg, and the former NBA Finals MVP is surrounded with experienced, successful players who have all embraced the Spurs team philosophy and penchant to win games.
Newcomer LaMarcus Aldridge has fit in seamlessly as the squad’s second leading scorer and top rebounder. Plus, the Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli have all contributed to the Spurs’ successful start, while playing reduced minutes, a move certain to save their aged legs for another anticipated deep run in the playoffs.
Deadly three point shooter Danny Green and role players Matt Bonner, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills, D-League star Anderson and former All-Star David West all complement the team’s stars and form a talented and experienced bench.
The coy Popovich and his sage veterans are probably smiling at Golden State’s success and flamboyant, fast-paced play, knowing that the NBA season is more like a marathon than the full-out sprint the Warriors have won so far in this year’s campaign.
Watch For Spurs in NBA Playoffs
Without doubt, the Warriors have dominated this season, but come May, watch for the wily grey beards from San Antonio.
One of the toughest things to do in sports is to repeat as champions and the Warriors will discover the veracity of that aphorism once the NBA Playoffs return.
My 2 cents is that last year’s NBA champs will run and shoot by every opponent once the playoffs start – except the smart, well coached and wisely rested San Antonio Spurs.
MIKE on sports!