- Created on Monday, 17 June 2013 07:14
- Last Updated on Sunday, 23 June 2013 20:41
- Written by David Rountree
The Spurs have been showing off their high-powered offense all series long, and it has been very entertaining to watch. The Spurs’ team concept has given several players opportunities to score and be a factor in this series. This type of ball movement and sharing is something even casual basketball fans can appreciate.
This offensive display has given them the advantage in the series, allowing them to be just one win away from the NBA championship. The team has been shooting phenomenally from the outside, draining a huge amount of three-pointers in five games.
The Spurs’ guard Danny Green alone has set a record for threes made in the NBA Finals with 25, shooting an amazing 66% from behind the arc. He has been shooting the ball from every position imaginable on the court, always moving without the basketball and it’s paying off greatly.
Spurs star Tony Parker has been very entertaining as well, displaying an assortment of different offensive moves. These moves range from running hook-shots, reverse lay-ups, and high-arcing floaters. The point guard just refuses to be denied in the painted area and has been embarrassing opposing guards all series long. His cross-over moves have remained potent despite being slowed by a pulled hamstring.
Back in Game One, Parker clinched the game victory with one of most historically shots in NBA Final’s history. That jumper on (and under) LeBron James was the talk of the basketball world.
In Game Five, the Spurs had several players attacking the Heat off the dribble. They were making strong drives and even better finishes at the basket. Manu Ginobili broke out of his slump by scoring around the rim with several impressive moves. He was practically un-guardable, scoring 24 points and dishing out 10 assists for the game.
The Spurs have been playing very fasted-paced basketball, not relying on slow methodical moves in the paint. The team wants to run and gun, which makes for very entertaining basketball.
Television audiences have noticed because this is the highest rated Spurs Finals’ series ever—averaging about 12 million viewers a night. Sure a lot of that has to do with the Miami Heat’s following, but the Spurs bandwagon has increased exponentially over this series. A theory supported by several online sport polls and surveys.
The San Antonio Spurs still may not be the most appealing team in the league but to still say they play a “boring” brand of basketball would be absolutely ridiculous.