San Antonio Spurs have won their last nine games in the NBA to lead the Western Conference, but have they peaked to early?
You can never write off the Spurs and you do it at your own peril.
Most commentators were doing exactly that at the turn of the year as they struggled tremendously against the top NBA sides in the league.
For much of the season they have performed well against the lesser sides, but when it's come to taking on the likes of the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, they had flattered to deceive.
This has now all changed in the last nine games in which the Spurs have again showed how they could easily dominate the Western Conference for the second season running.
Last year they didn't dominate in the regular season, but come play-off time they brushed passed the best of the West on their way to an NBA Finals defeat to the Heat.
But has this recent run come too early for the Spurs?
At the end of the day you take wins when you can and it's definitely not a bad thing that San Antonio are playing well right now.
It's just that their form has been so good that it may be hard to replicate when the post-season comes around.
In the last nine games the Spurs have beaten top opposition with wins against the likes of the Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers and the in-form Chicago Bulls.
Sometimes in sport what defines a great team is not necessarily just how many games they win. It's also about how they respond to failure, setbacks and defeats.
The Spurs have responded well to the failures against top sides earlier on in the season.
They coped without three major stars after the turn of the year when they beat the LA Clippers, and they've shown their depth of roster on other occasions as well.
But how they respond to their next defeat will show their true character and what they are about as a team heading towards yet another tilt at the NBA title.
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