- Created on Saturday, 05 March 2011 12:43
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
One of the good things about an 82 game season is that teams have enough time to work out the kinks, recover, go into a slump, recover, suffer a few injuries, and then still be healthy enough to make a good run in the post season.
It is not uncommon to see many teams in the post season go through any of the above situations. While being consistently good during the season would be nice teams know it is unlikely. However, for the San Antonio Spurs that is exactly what they have been.
San Antonio has had the best record in the NBA for the vast majority of the season and when you look at how they have been playing it is really no surprise.
They have been one of the best offensive (6th) and defensive (11th) teams in the league. What makes those numbers even better is that they give the Spurs the best point differential in the league (+7.16).
While not the best at anything, the Spurs have been winning games by being good at everything. Their 47.4 percent field goal percentage makes them the fifth best shooting team in the league. The importance of teamwork and chemistry is evident in their average of 23.4 assists per game, 6th best in the league.
One thing that they are the best at is shooting from three-point range. On the season they have made 40.3 percent of their shots from behind the arc.
That precision was evident in their game with Eastern Conference contender, the Miami Heat, Friday night. San Antonio hit a team record 17 three point shots in an easy win over Miami 125-95.
"That's a ridiculous night as far as 3s go," Spurs coach Greg Popovich said. "It's very rare. We had it tonight and we're thankful for it. It made for a wonderful night."
Some teams may not want to be facing the best teams in the league at this point in the season, but the challenge is not something that the Spurs are shying away from.
"It's just better when the best teams come in here and you can really lock in and see what we have," Spurs forward Tim Duncan said.
The challenge does not end with the Heat. On Sunday the Spurs play the Lakers at home.
With 22 consecutive home, a record of 29-2 at home this season, and a top seed all but guaranteed (barring a collapse of epic proportions) San Antonio post season hopes are definitely looking pretty good.