I don’t like ‘em.
Their coach Gregg Popovich is cranky, sometimes arrogant, especially with the media. Just ask ABC’s Doris Burke!
Their star, Tim Duncan, can be annoying—whining and complaining about call after call.
Their 6th man, Manu Ginobili, falls down constantly—whether there is contact or not.All in all, the Spurs are a very difficult team to root for, especially if you live in the Western Conference region.
And since I stated in my last blog that I am rooting for Chris “Birdman” Andersen to win the title, I can’t pull for the black and silver of San Antonio.
But I can admire much of what the Spurs do on a basketball court!
First, basically all the Spurs players (Tiago Splitter may be the exception) are incredibly skilled. They can shoot, pass, dribble, rebound and play defense at a high level.
They are the most unselfish team in the NBA. It’s never about one guy; it’s always about the team.
San Antonio’s half court offense is the best in the league. Notice how there is constant movement— all players cut, screen and
drive at full speed.
The Spurs make free throws! They don’t have a clanker in the bunch. Both Tim Duncan and Tony Parker shoot over 80%. It’s nice to know that your guys can hit freebies down the stretch!Defensively, the Spurs are extremely active. They help their teammates but they don’t gamble unnecessarily. Most importantly, they defend WITHOUT fouling.
Finally, as much as I hate to admit it, I like the way Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich calls quick timeouts. In game 2, after San Antonio went on a 33-5 run—Miami finally scored and Pop called a timeout! He was mad because his guys botched one play.
Sunday night, the Spurs led by 20 in the 4th quarter when Miami cut the lead to 13 with 7:30 to play. Pop called time out, and the Spurs responded and built the lead back to 17, going on to win.
In summary, the San Antonio Spurs can be a pain in the Aztec. I can’t root for them, but I sure do respect the way they have been playing in the playoffs.
That being said---Go Birdman!