The San Antonio Spurs are looking as if they are a team that could be raising another banner in the AT&T Center, marking their fifth title in team history.
After a grueling seven-game series with the Dallas Mavericks, dismantling the Portland Trail Blazers in five games, and now delivering double-digit victories in their first two games against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, what seems to be standing in the Spurs’ way could possibly be themselves.
As they have been used to during their years of existence, the San Antonio Spurs have never got the credit that they deserve. That though does not matter to them at all. The world now reflects on the “star” players of the league. Though, earlier this week a video was released entitled The Beautiful Game sums up exactly what the San Antonio Spurs franchise is all about.
In their second round matchup, or lack thereof against the Portland Trail Blazers, the San Antonio Spurs coming off of a perfect Game 7 performance against the Mavericks, took their momentum into their series against Portland. With the ease of this series, it surely brought more critics out.
Hakeem Olajuwon talked with Ultimate Rockets, a Houston Rockets website about how the San Antonio Spurs were lucky the Rockets did not advance.
“It’s deceiving if you just base it upon the playoffs, the loss in the first round,” Olajuwon said. “It is deceiving because I believe Portland did a huge favor to San Antonio. If the Rockets got past Portland, they had an opportunity to go all the way.
Frankly, Portland defeated Houston which, in most people’s eyes, made them the better team. Am I looking at this all wrong? The Rockets, after signing Dwight Howard, surely were the favorite to go into the playoffs but did anyone really think they would or could make it to the finals?
There is no team right now that is playing the type of basketball that San Antonio is playing. Something clicked and opened their minds up to a different world after going through the series they had against the Mavericks. Since then, this team has been playing as well as they have all year.
With the injury to Serge Ibaka that sidelined him for the rest of the postseason, maybe this series against Oklahoma City would be a different story, just maybe, this series could be tied or we could be looking at the Spurs being down 0-2.
Numbers don’t lie, and this San Antonio team is blessed to have the players they have on the team, they all know their role. When you look at a team like Houston, yes they have the players, but they all can’t play well with one another. Sure Harden and Howard could be a good one-two punch. As has been proven by the San Antonio Spurs, there are no two players that make up a team.
What has been working for years for the San Antonio Spurs doesn’t always involve having the best talent at each position. Putting egos aside, moving the ball and trusting your teammates is the Spurs way. Olajuwon, however, still feels the Rockets are a Championship team.
“This is a championship team. You cannot look at it as only they lost in the first round. The players felt they can beat that team and were very comfortable that they could do better in the second round. We had the same feeling to not want to wait for the next season to prove they can go far or go all the way.”
Unfortunately for Olajuwon and the Rockets, they’ll have to wait until next year to prove that.