Coming into the season, NBA circles were wondering if fans would see a repeat of last year’s Finals. San Antonio was a bigger question because of their age, but like they do every season, the Spurs are once again contending for a top spot in the conference and continue to be in the circle of title contenders. When will people learn that there’s no reason to write off the Spurs? Even as they’ve been dealing with injuries throughout the season, San Antonio continues to play their style of basketball and continues to win lots of games. Last night’s victory over the Heat proves that despite whatever the Spurs are going though, they will contend for the top seed in the western conference and be a favorite to be the last team standing in June. Tim Duncan was great (23 pts, 11 reb) as he continues to defy all aging logic but the biggest reason for the Spurs end-to-end victory was their fast start. If a team with strong fundamentals and great coaching gets off to the 15-point first quarter lead, there’s not a lot that the opponent can do to recover. It also helped that Kawhi Leonard was very effective in defending LeBron last night, holding the red-hot reigning MVP to 6-18 shooting from the field. James tried to put some of their fault on the jerseys they were wearing but i’m not buying it. Every player on the court was wearing them and every player had to make adjustments to their shooting technique. My personal opinion is not in favor of the jerseys but the old “when life gives you lemons…” phrase comes into play when I hear complaints about them from players.
In other news last night: the Lakers are a really bad team. Quick shout out to Kendall Marshall because without his 3-pointer late in the game, the Lakers would have suffered their first 50-point loss in franchise history. Despite that last minute effort, the purple & gold still managed to make history after losing by a total of 48 points. That’s the new record and that’s also the new standard of Lakers’ basketball. Did I mention that last night’s loss came to their cross-town rival Clippers? Last night’s big win by the Clippers over the Lakers pretty much sums up what these two teams have been going through this season. The Clippers and more specifically Blake Griffin continue to impress, battling in a western conference that gets tighter and tighter as the weeks go by. I know the Rockets have a better record than the Clips as of today but right now, i’m taking the Clippers as the team to break up a Thunder-Spurs clash for the conference title. Speaking of the Thunder, Durant and Westbrook both had great games last night in Phoenix. Quick tangent: why didn’t TNT flex away from the battle in LA and show this game instead? Anyways, the Suns had a better team effort as they took the victory 128-122 in a nice, high scoring game. Things are led by Gordon Dragic, who continues to be the breakout star of this season, but the rest of the Suns squad has been just as impressive. Phoenix is very fun to watch and could make some serious noise come playoff time.
Lots of good games tonight and lots of good games this weekend. ESPN’s double slate should be solid tonight with Memphis at Chicago plus Indiana at Houston. The action slows down a bit on Saturday but Sunday has plenty of action to ignore whatever things you’re supposed to get done. ABC’s showcase Sunday might be a bit lopsided but there are other games to watch. Sunday’s night action could feature three of the best games we’ll see all season with: Blazers at Rockets, Pacers at Mavericks and Suns at Warriors. A great slate and a great way to end the weekend.View All Photos ›