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Tony Parker is the captain of the Spurs steady ship

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The San Antonio Spurs are currently on a franchise-record winning streak of 19 games and are lead by their unquestioned leader and point guard Tony Parker.

The Western Conference-leading Spurs venture to Oklahoma City tonight to take on Kevin Durant and the Thunder, the two teams with the best records in the league will battle it out in a possible Western Conference Finals preview.

Tony Parker has averaged 25.3 points per game against the rival Thunder this season but the Spurs have actually lost all three games against Oklahoma City this season.

These two teams may face each other deep into the post season and the edge may lie with the Thunder if the Spurs aren't able to find a way to overcome their opposition at least once during the regular season.

Many have said that the 18-game win streak that Parker and the Spurs have put together is not all that impressive due to the opposition they have faced during their run, even their own head coach Gregg Popovich has been quoted by Parker as "Not being happy" with their streak.

So the Spurs may have something to prove when they face the Thunder tonight but Tony Parker himself is someone who has answered his own critics throughout his whole career.

Parker is the unquestioned leader of this squad, in the video he explains that he learnt the tough way of being the general on the floor through the guidance of Popovich.

Now the french point guard is in the conversation as the best point guard in the NBA, and he thoroughly deserves to be thrust into the mix.

His numbers are never astronomical, he's averaging 17.1 points per game this season which is dead on his career average. 

But his affect on the team and his ability to manage the floor is impeccable, he works within a juggernaut of a system devised of creative plays with smart screens and clever cuts to the basket and boy does Tony thrive.

He's ability to move without the basketball and weave within the lane is unrivalled in the league and all from a player who wasn't selected until the 28th pick of the 2001 NBA draft.

The Spurs whether they defeat the Thunder tonight or not, are on course to wrap up the number one seed in the Western Conference and will begin their ascent once more to the peak of the NBA mountain.

Whether they can make it back to the Finals like last year remains to be seen but a lot of the burden will be dependent on the diminutive little point guard from France who masterfully steers the ship for the Spurs through the stormy seas of the NBA season.

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Oklahoma City Thunder
Tony Parker
NBA
Kevin Durant
San Antonio Spurs

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