The San Antonio Spurs continue to amaze. There's no other way to look at them in today's modern sports world. They played 102 games in 2013 and won 72% of them. Included is a 15-6 record in the playoffs.
(On a 162 game baseball season, the Spurs would have 116 victories.)
I've talked quite a bit about the 'Big 3' and their amazing run together of 12 years. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have surpassed the superlatives at this point.
Last year at this time, I did a similar analysis of the 2012 season which saw a surplus of games not normally intended for one year due to the strike/lockout in late 2011. The 2012 Spurs ended with an 82-37 record.
It was a marvelous year in 2013 that saw the Spurs almost take the title versus the Miami Heat. With only seconds away from victory in Game 6 and another NBA championship, the Spurs fell into some bad luck on the bounce of the ball, a bad coaching decision to not have Duncan in the game and some miraculous shooting from the Heat. The Heat rallied to steal the game and go on to victory in Game 7 to win it all.
You would think that the Spurs wouldn't be able to rebound so quickly from the disaster of Game 6, but here they are again with one of the best records in this new NBA season.
I did correctly predict the NBA Finals last season. I was very proud of my favorite team. So, what is my prediction for them this season?
I don't see the Spurs going to the Finals again. But, I can't say that it's out of the question, either. Marco Bellinelli has been a great addition so far and a late-season trade could bring other fortunes.
I believe that the way the game is refereed, it gives the athletic teams a bigger edge. Basically, palming and traveling are so rarely called that it makes it tougher on the Spurs, who depend much more on team coordination tactics, like timing and passing. By the time the playoffs arrive, an athletic team should be able to use the loosely called style of the NBA refereeing to overcome the Spurs.
The Spurs are even older now and the season should wear too much on Parker, Duncan and Ginobili.
If they don't get to another Finals, it will be disappointing, but the Spurs have produced and accumulated many accomplishments for fans to be proud of during these winning seasons. They provide plenty of entertainment and they show up to play hard for every single game, which is unheard of in pro sports these days.
As contemporary sports have soured so many fans through greed, steroids, lies, no loyalty and any other stuff, the Spurs keep carrying on with their humble, winning ways.