- Created on Tuesday, 25 December 2012 00:21
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by David Rountree
The San Antonio Spurs are sitting pretty in the Western Conference standings, still in contention for the top spot. Just a quarter of the season has passed, so the Spurs have time to chase the number one seed but that isnâ€™t their main goal. Chances are if you asked any of the Spursâ€™ players, coaches, and staff they would say â€śhealthâ€ť is their main goal.
If the Spurs could receive a present this holiday season it would be health for their aging stars and vital role players. They want to go into the playoffs with a healthy squad to contend for a title. So records, ratings, and even fines are not deterrents to the main goalâ€”which is to stay healthy.
But Coach Gregg Popovich isnâ€™t waiting for the â€śgiftâ€ť of health to be bestowed upon him by the basketball gods; he is taking the proper precautions to ensure it the best way he can.Â For example no one on the Spurs averages anywhere close to forty minutes a game, which is amazing once you consider the games are 48 minutes long. Popovichâ€™s cautions are not just reserved for the old either, Spursâ€™ sophomore Kawhi Leonard averages only 28 minutes a game. Also starting guard Danny Green only manages 29 minutes a night and both players are in their mid-twenties.
The stars on the team like Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili together only average a little over 28 minutes a game. Despite this the team has still managed a 21-8 record this season and has played well on the road.
Injuries are part of the game of basketball and it is no perfect way to prevent them, but itâ€™s a fact that fewer minutes make for fresher legs. The Spursâ€™ system is definitely keeping players healthy and fresh, but if the team had one guaranteed holiday wish it would definitely involve the health of their players.
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