Some of the San Antonio Spurs’ best basketball of the season came inside the NBA Bubble despite being shorthanded and counted out.
How often in your life have the San Antonio Spurs been considered underdogs? It’s become more often during the last three seasons but overall, their organizational structure, development skills and masterful coaching have put them in a position to succeed. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t enough to combat the injury trouble and irregular roster construction that the team brought into this second chance.
Still, the weakened version of the Spurs in the Orlando Bubble brought their A-Game, fighting until the very last moment to keep the playoff streak alive. Perseverance wasn’t enough but alas, this version of the roster put up an incredible fight. Players made the most of the opportunity with a major lineup shift that prioritized the young guns over their veteran counterparts besides a few invaluable contributors.
Certain players hit another level inside the bubble that you couldn’t have imagined during our last look at this team. The foundation was there for rookie breakouts or increased roles, but overall, the team was very difficult to figure out. Even now that the Spurs had four of their top eight contributors out of the rotation, putting the pieces together for another run at the postseason next year will be quizzical.
Regardless, these four players went above and beyond in the bubble. They took every preconceived notion and threw them out the window, establishing a new baseline for success while giving the NBA world a glimpse at who they can be moving forward.
That’s what the Orlando Bubble experience was all about for the silver and black anyway.