San Antonio Spurs Daily Links: April 6, 2014
Apr 3, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the third quarterat Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
The San Antonio Spurs have a 59-17 record so far, good enough for both first in the Southwest Division and the Western Conference. They have only six games left in the season, according to ESPN.com, and are 3.5 games ahead of the second-placed Oklahoma City Thunder.
Jeff Garcia of Project Spurs explains why the San Antonio Spurs can’t beat the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City has swept San Antonio 4-0 this season, and, as Garcia explains, that is certainly a confidence booster should the two teams meet in the
Western Conference Finals playoffs.
Garcia also writes that Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will return next season, according to Tony Parker. In an interview with French site Basket-infos, Parker made the proclamation:
“I know they both have another year of contract. I know they will play next year, we’ll see. They both have good health. Pop is managing the body of players and maybe they will want to continue. In any case I hope to play as long as possible with them.”
Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report breaks down why the Spurs are plagued by a lack of star power. Though Kawhi Leonard hasn’t had the superstar breakout season we all expected after his impressive playoff performance (besides those missed free throws in the Finals), he still has the talent and potential to be a star on this aging team. Similarly, Tony Parker goes unnoticed in the superstar rankings season after season, though he’s only one of seven Finals MVP winners currently in the league, joining the likes of LeBron James (2x), Kobe Bryant (2x), Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade, Chauncey Billups and, of course, the great Timmy Duncan (3x).
Will the Spurs get the top seed in the West?