It has been talked about all season long and it will be mentioned one more time. The San Antonio Spurs have one of, if not the deepest team in the league.
Spurs’ Tim Duncan and Tony Parker will always be two of the team leaders for stats, but during these playoffs a few other guys have stepped up to really show their true talent.
And one of them is, Boris Diaw. His field goal percentage has gone from 52% in the regular season to 59% in the playoffs; 3-point percentage has risen from 40% in regular season to 50% in the playoffs; and his free throw percentage is now at 91% from a then 74%. Diaw seems to be taking smarter shots and not forcing his play of the game.
This of course resulting in better shots made.
Patty Mills is another strong player who makes it worth his while when coming off the bench. Not only does he provide energy when he steps foot on the court but, he is also a headache to the opposing offense with his 94 feet of full court pressure. After a rough first series against the Mavericks, Mills has stepped his game up against his old team, averaging 9 ppg while shooting 62% from the field.
Just like Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli had a tough time keeping up with Dallas Mavericks in the first round. This 3-point Champion has been a huge addition to the team and luckily for the Spurs, he just so happened to slip under everyone’s noses while the Spurs scooped him up as a free agent. Against the Trail Blazers, Belinelli is averaging 12.3 ppg and shooting a stellar 68%. He leads the bench in scoring this series and he fits in well offensively and defensively with the Spurs’ system.
A player that no one expected to show up in the Blazers series, was Aron Baynes. He has only played 4 games during these playoffs but has made an impact when coming onto the court. Baynes didn’t play against Dallas because of unfavorable matchups, now against the Blazers, Coach Pop seems to find him as a better matchup, and he’s proving him right thus far. In game 2, in just 15 minutes Baynes had 10 points, 7 rebounds and shot 5-7 from the field.
Right now, the Spurs’ bench are out-scoring the Blazers 36-23 in just the second quarters of this series. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, with a team as deep as the Spurs, there’s no reason why there will not be another trip to the finals. With consistent passing of the ball and multiple players that can hit a three, combined with the pressure defense, the Spurs are prime time and they are showing it with every game.