4. Spurred to Success
Detractors, pessimists and bad omens lurked everywhere for the Spurs this season. San Antonio was an aging team. The Lakers were the two-time defending NBA champions. The West was stacked. And with 'The Decision' that sent LeBron James to the Heat, the East’s heavyweights looked stronger than ever. But even saddled with an onslaught of injuries for much of the season, the supposedly ‘washed up’ Spurs locked up the top seed in the Western Conference by four games.
Consistency, as usual, has been the Spurs’ hallmark. They won their season opener over the Pacers, then lost to the Hornets in Game 2. After that, the Spurs never won just one game in a row. They had three two-game winning streaks, four three-gamers, three four-gamers and eight-, 10- and 12-game streaks. They began the season 25-3, and even after suffering a recent six-game slide when Tim Duncan was injured, the Spurs still finished with the best record in the West at 61-21. Would they be playing for title No. 5 in the Tim Duncan Era?