The Spurs have the Right Stuff, again

Defining Moments are, sometimes, few and far between, in Life … but, when they do happen, it’s important to recognize that they exist, to demonstrate in large part who exactly we are, at our core, once all excess has been stripped away.

In the glamour world of the NBA (today), such an event occurred last night, in Phoenix AZ.

San Antonio 84 Phoenix 81

What makes the Spurs a cut above the rest of the pack in this “bling, bling” league?

Full Play-By-Play

– in the midst of a season-high losing streak
– without their all-star PG (Tony Parker)
– without one of their veteran 3-pt shooting specialists (Brent Barry)
– with a 2-13 record, this season, in games vs an over-.500 opponent 
– with “0” (zero) points scored in the 1st half by Manu Ginobili (All-Star)
– with Tim Duncan (All-Star) shooting 2-7 (28.5%) in the 1st half
– trailing each quarter, until the 4:52 mark of the final frame

the Spurs …

Outrebound the Suns, 45-38 (6 vs 4, O-Rbs)
Outshoot the Suns, in general, .387-.380 (29-75 vs 27-71, FGA)
Outshoot the Suns, from Behind The Arc, .429-.238 (6-14 vs 5-21, 3FGA)
Outshoot the Suns, from the Charity Stripe, .833-.710 (20-24 vs 22-31, FTA)

to gut-check out a W … against the team in the Western Conference with the best record (so far) this season.

There’s still a long way to go before the NBA Finals but, as I’ve said before this season …

Legitimate Contenders in the NBA, Part I
Legitimate Contenders in the NBA: Part II
What it takes to win the NBA Championship

in my book … there are only 3 contenders this year poised to make their way to the championship series … one bright upstart, one maturing team, and one grizzled, veteran crew.

The rest are, strictly, Pretenders.

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