I’m not a Spurs homer by any stretch. I’ve repeated this a number of times.
However, the Spurs are probably the best team left in the playoffs. They slowly strangle their opponents, as they did today in Los Angeles in winning, 96-86 to go up 3-0 in their series. The Spurs have now won 17 games in a row; not losing since April 12th.
I listened to the Spurs – Clippers event today on ESPN Sports Radio. They had the Clippers broadcast on 980. The Clippers broadcasters were excited as can be during the early part of the game where they took a 24-point lead; then the Spurs came back to make it a 10-point game at the half.
Then the Spurs turned the Clippers over a few times, and scored easy baskets in transition. Afterwards, the air went out of the Clippers sails, and the broadcast crew began to face reality. By the end, the Clippers broadcasters were saying how they didn’t know how a team could beat San Antonio four times. They got down early but they didn’t panic. San Antonio doesn’t fall apart mentally.
The media…ESPN blowhards like Barry, Wilbon and LA Fox Sports lemming Chris Myers…keeps telling us fans don’t like the Spurs because they are boring. I think that’s probably one of the great lies of all time. The Spurs are an uptempo team that relies on their offense to win. I particularly enjoyed this Pounding the Rock article stating the media engages in hero worship on players like LB James. It does and that’s why this blog exists. Sports media does these things so they can talk about personalities; not what happens on the court. Frankly, what happens on the court is largely a mystery to sports media personalities.
And what of BSP? We continuously state we are not Spurs homers. I have to say this: I’m not Spurs homer because Spurs homer doesn’t care about basketball for the most part. They also engage in hero worship. For example, Tony Parker is the best player on that team, but Manu Ginobili is the most popular player. Essentially Spurs fan would engage in revolt if the Spurs let Manu go. I think that’s hurt that team in modifying their roster to some degree. I’m not sure Ginobili’s a $14M/yr player. I know he isn’t; but you couldn’t tell that to Spurs homer. I’m not sure what Spurs homer is going to do when Ginobili hangs it up. Spurs homer has occasional bouts of depression over Parker, because he’s not the quintessential point guard numbers-wise. Plus he doesn’t pass to Manu enough.
My final shot at Spurs homer is, they don’t realize what a big deal competing for and winning NBA titles is in a market like this. Despite being the sixth largest city in the United States, San Antonio is off the beaten path as far as the media is concerned. You expect a team from Boston to contend. You expect a team from Los Angeles to win. Chicago is always going to get its share of attention. New York will, obviously. For a team like San Antonio to win over and over in the big blowhard Sideshow Bob media era is unprecedented.