The 18-11 San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs own the league’s best record at 25-4. The Spurs are a good team. San Antonio is a legitimate title contender. Â But their record is more than a little misleading.
San Antonio has won two games against the Timberwolves they deserved to lose, pulled three victories out of overtime (one against the aforementioned T-Wolves), narrowly defeated the Bucks on a last second shot by Manu Ginobili, squeaked an early season ‘W’ against Phoenix on an improbable barrage of Richard Jefferson corner threes, and required a Manu Ginobili hat-trick of brilliance to edge the Nuggets.
The Spurs have won a lot of coin flips this season. Seven coin flips, by my count.
Maybe these victories are signs of championship moxie. Earlier in the season, Manu Ginobili took confidence in these wins by saying they were games the team would have lost last season. And, I suppose, that’s all good and true. But the point stands, San Antonio has won seven games this season that could very easily have gone into the loss column.
18-12 is good enough for a low seed in the playoffs, and the Spurs are better than that. I’m not saying they should have lost seven additional games, just that they could have. The Spurs’ point differential is a healthy 7.93. But, in terms of quality of play, San Antonio is somewhere between 25-4 and 18-11. Â This team is not as good as their record indicates, but neither have they played to their full potential.
I’ll leave it to you to determine if the Spurs’ glass is half full or half empty.