It's kinda unfortunate that I've moved to San Antonio...now my 13-year appreciation of Beautiful Spurs basketball can be taken as home-town fever while the spurs lose maybe 4 games total in the playoffs on the way to championship #5 this year.
Seriously, have you ever seen such precise, elegant ball as what the Spurs have been doing since February? Maybe 3-man Bulls '95-6? '86-'87 Showtime Lakers? I ain't seen anything else this good.
And then watching Pop and Duncan lie to the reporters after the game is hilarious: "How did you take the best point guard in the NBA, and give him 9 points a game average for the last 2 games?" "I dunno...we must have just got lucky. He's awful good." This when Pop has been disecting CP3's game nonstop for the last 2 weeks...planning exactly how to shut him down. The defenders don't even get between Paul and the basket...they guard him in packs of about 6 (it looks that way anyhow), and entirely block his lateral motion. The Utah series was no worse in terms of surgical precision...The Spurs need a new mascot. I suggest the Terminator.
FWIW, I root for people in the NBA, more than teams...and I predicted Dallas > Miami in the finals after the first round of the playoffs last year. My 4 favorite people involved with the NBA, in no particular order, are Pop, Duncan, Durant, and Pat Riley. I'm looking forward to rooting for both teams in the Spurs-OKC Championship-determination series.
But I don't know that anything can stop these Spurs. 6 losses in 2.5 months (since February 1st), 4 of which came without Parker, Duncan, or both...and the Spurs bench (no big 3) won the last two games of the season, including against Phoenix, who was at that point still in contention for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Spurs-??? (Boston?): 4-1 -- I would love to see Duncan-Garnett.
Favorite Spurs trivia:
Loyal fans refer to Timmy as the Greatest Of All Time Power Forward. Acronymifying, that becomes:
GOAT PF -- pronounced: Goat puff.