So, I know where all our thoughts are today, but in the interest of passing the time I have to ask this question:
What do people think of the Spurs run of 20 straight wins? Really, 20 straight wins. Not a Spurs fan per se - but not a Spurs hater like some. I actually find great passing and teamwork and defense and smart bball and brilliant coaching to be more "sexy" than one on one bball ending with big dunks which seems more "masturbatory" than "sexy"First, the biggest reason is Coach Pop - best NBA coach period. He makes Boris Diaw and Stephen Jackson look good, on and off the court. He is the prime example that if players truly buy in to a coach's system, and the coach has a great system, lesser talent can beat superstars. In addition, I tend to think NBA coaches and MLB coaches have far less of an impact on the actual game than an NFL coach - but Pop is the biggest example of why this might be a false assumption.
Second, Tony Parker...um, wow. He is in the prime of his career but is never talked about as a top ranked PG. When I think of CP3's efforts to force wins in the last round and making poor choices and turnovers - my respect for TP only grows.
Third - Timmmmmmay! Mr. Glass! Love this guy. He is so smooth. Watching KG struggle in Boston and watching Tim play within himself and encouraging younger guys to step up - a thing of beauty.
Fourth - Kawhi Leonard is going to be force in this league. I am happy with Klay, but watching Leonard play is like watching a six year veteran in a rookie body. Oh, and remember how he was considered all defense and boards - he scored 18 last night with three threes. Just saying.
Honestly, I picked OKC to win it all. But watching the Spurs in the playoffs take the Thunder's strengths away from them is pretty impressive.
But here is my biggest hope... That the Spurs win it all and that just like Dallas last year - has the pundits and experts at places like ESPN realizing that basketball is actually a team game. Maybe this time it will last for more than a week. I am sick and tired of the way individuals are constantly hyped over teams. If the Spurs win, maybe, just maybe, the Warriors can assemble a squad of good and very good players too and make a run.