What to make of the Spurs?
With last night's win, the Spurs won their 18th consecutive game and improved their record to 58-16 with 8 games left to play.
The Spurs all time franchise record is 63 wins, so going 5/8 would tie their best regular season ever and 6/8 would surpass it.
Keep in mind, this is a team that has had 50+ game winning seasons for 14 consecutive seasons prior to this year, and a 50+ game winning for 16/18 previous seasons. And the two seasons they did not have a 50+ game winning season, one was a lock out year where they won 49 games out of 72, and the other they won 47 games.
Their 18th consecutive win was their longest regular season win streak in franchise history.
They're 3.5 games ahead of their closest rival (OKC).
The player with the highest minutes played on the roster is Tony Parker at 30.1 mpg.
Their "core" players of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli, and Tony Parker are now 37, 36, and 31.
It is quite possible that this may go down as the greatest regular season in Spurs history -- an utterly mind boggling concept given their age and how competitive the Western Conference is this year.
There are 2 first tier Championship level contenders in the West in the Spurs and OKC and 3 second tier championship contenders in The Clippers, Houston, and GSW. The Spurs have 4 Play off teams in their division (Spurs, Rockets, Dallas, Memphis), 6 of the 8 play off teams are on pace for 50+ wins, and the 7, 8 and 9 seed are all on track for 48 wins or more (44-30 with 8 games to go).
Yet somehow they are in the middle of their longest winning streak in history, and on track for their best regular season in history.
Should Pops be the coach of the Year despite the award typically going to "most improved" teams? What are the Spurs *real* chances of getting out of the West or winning the Championship? And what on earth is in the water in San Antonio?
What do you make of the Spurs?
J.R. Smith: "They were pretty much scoring at will. Especially my guy. I don't know what the hell I was doing on defense."
Raymond Felton : "The play was give the ball to Melo."