The San Antonio Spurs really have the NBA figured out this year. The Spurs, who were defeated in the NBA Finals last year, have rebounded by claiming the best record in the league and are now storming through the playoffs.
Now let’s be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being consistently brilliant. It’s great to be able to rely on a team to just win and I’m sure the people of San Antonio were absolutely thrilled last night when they booked their place in the conference finals for the third straight season.
But it was a familiar story last night when the Miami Heat joined them in the conference finals. The Spurs however are the polar opposite of the Heat. They don’t have many star names; they don’t have rock stars in attendance and for them, that’s just fine. They are a team led by Greg Popovich, a no-nonsense coach full of solid international players and based on a core of experienced talent that have been there and done it. Several times over.
Popovich will not mind being branded as boring, he has built this season on ruthless efficiency. A clear aim in mind, to get back to the NBA Finals and finish what they started last season. Hopefully by that point, the excitement levels will have increased just a tiny bit.