- Created on Saturday, 28 September 2013 11:58
- Last Updated on Saturday, 28 September 2013 23:35
- Written by David Rountree
The San Antonio Spurs have molded themselves into one of the most memorable organizations in NBA history. The team has garnered 16 straight playoff appearances, along with 4 NBA championships. They have been led by the dominance of their “Big Three” Ginobili, Parker, and Duncan. All three players are certain to become Hall of Famers and they are still presently keeping the Spurs in the hunt for more championships.
So despite all the success the Spurs have had over the years, would it be fair to say the Spurs didn’t max out their potential? Would be fair to say that the Spurs are missing a championship? The Spurs definitely have nothing left to prove but over the years the Spurs have had several instances occur that likely cost them a title for that particular season.
Spurs vs. Lakers 2004
- The San Antonio Spurs held a 2-0 lead on the Lakers and somehow managed to allow the team to come back to win four games straight. The Spurs’ players and fans will always be haunted by the “0.4” second shot that Derek Fisher made in Game 5 to give the Lakers the series lead. The shot was controversial to say the least but why was that game so close to begin with?
Spurs vs. Mavs 2006
- It was an epic series for Texans and it came down to the final seconds of Game 7 and overtime to determine the winner. The Spurs had a three point lead in regulation with 32 seconds left thanks to a clutch three by Manu Ginobili, but on the following possession Ginobili inexplicably fouled Nowitzki on a layup for a three-point play. The free throw tied the game; where the Mavericks went on to win the series in overtime.
Spurs vs. Heat 2013
- The San Antonio Spurs were mere seconds away from a NBA championship. Tony Parker’s clutch baskets had seemed to give the Spurs a comeback victory, but the Spurs couldn’t capitalize on this advantage. The team down the stretch was riddled with bizarre coaching substitutions, missed free-throws, and loose rebounds that led the game being taken to overtime--by a memorable Ray Allen three-pointer. The Heat went on to win in overtime and road that momentum to a Game 7 victory.
This reasoning isn’t an exact science, maybe it was the Spurs’ pain from these losses that drove them to win championships the following year (in 2005 and 2007). Maybe they couldn’t have done it without those defeats on their minds. Maybe having four championships is exactly where they belong in history and it’s not a bad place to be at all. Either way, the Spurs still have a chance to grab a title, the window is short, but then again people have been saying that for years…