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One All-Star? It's no problem: Spurs' teamwork means more

One All-Star? It's no problem: Spurs' teamwork means more


San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, and Tony Parker, of France, talk during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 99-91. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

by Vinnie Vinzetta / KENS 5

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Posted on February 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 27 at 1:34 PM

So last night, I went through the Spurs' second-half regular season schedule, and I don't see too many games that look like they're going in the loss column.  And that's for two reasons.

First off, if they continue to play the way they've been playing, it shouldn't be that big of a deal. And secondly, they're just the better team nine times out of ten for the rest of this season.

I feel as close to 100 percent as possible when I say that San Antonio should, at the very least, secure the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.  And who can say for sure about that top spot?

The numbers suggest that Oklahoma City will lock that up, but we all know that anything goes this season. They've still got to win those games.

With the exception of New Orleans, the other teams in the Southwest Division are making it the tigtest race in the NBA so far.

The Dallas Mavericks are the reigning champs, and that's worth something, but every time I think they're trying to make us pay attention, they take another step back.

Charles Barkleley praised Kevin McHale during All-Star weekend for his efforts with the Houston Rockets, and indeed -- they are better.

And Memphis?  It's hard to say without a healthy Zach Randolph in the middle, but they're still only five games back as of the break, and Randolph is close to resuming contact drills to make his way back on the court.

I think all we need to know about the San Antonio Spurs is what we saw during All-Star weekend.  Tony Parker was the only Spurs player to take part in the festivities in Orlando.

What does that tell ya? That tells me that the Spurs are one helluva "team."

And I heard Sir Chuck say something else over the weekend: Pop is without question the best coach in the NBA.

His team had one player at All-Star weekend, little point guard Tony Parker, who was easily forgotten in the game amongst all the high-flying acrobatic dunks.

The Spurs are a great team! They really are! Coach Pop, as is his M.O., has punched basically every right button thus far, probably every right button so far.

Remember that 40-point loss at Portland a few days back? Who cares, because that's exactly his feeling about it. His team is (24-10) and has the attention of everybody else in the league, and they will continue to pay attention.

The way the pieces have and will continue to fit into place has been amazing.  Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter (just to name those three) have been special -- really special.

The Spurs couldn't have won all the games they have thus far without those guys -- players that were not invited to All-Star weekend by the way, but players who might have a championship ring on their fingers sooner or later.

I watched Lob City have their fun in Orlando. I watched Lebron and DWade doing their thing. I watched Kobe be Kobe in front of a national TV audiance. And I watched Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook wow the crowd all game long.

And that stuff was all fine and good, but we're much more interested in what the Spurs are for sure going to have the chance to do in May and June! I'm just sayin'...