“Who remembers who was No. 1 before the All-Star break?”
One of the themes from last night’s locker room is that the Spurs, to a person, are not content. They’re completely unsatisfied, in fact. They won’t take advantage of their conference lead and coast through the back half of the season. Manu Ginobili provided the money quote, but the sentiment is echoed by everyone.
“So far we have done a great job, but who remembers who was number 1 before the All-Star break? Nobody cares. We have to keep going. We’ve created a big responsibility for ourselves to finish well.”
This kind of talk is always interesting. Sometimes I think the Spurs are trying to convince themselves. It’s like a positive, self-imposed voodoo. Sincere, but self-psychologizing. Â Think of Kevin Garnett’s on court outbursts, but done within the confines of reason, civility, and basic human decency.
And it’s interesting because, in some sense, San Antonio is always coasting. In last night’s big, big game against the Bulls, San Antonio’s best players tallied 32, 33, 35 minutes. Meanwhile, Derrick Rose and Luol Deng played 39 and 40 minutes, respectively. Â The Spurs intend to press forward, and press hard, but only so hard. They won’t press the accelerator to the floor until they hit open road.
San Antonio has one of those strange stories that wants to be read from the end to the beginning. Â Fun reading, that.