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Spurs keep winning, keep saying Lakers are team to beat

Mar 5, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

I’m done believing the Spurs.

I’m not alone on this bandwagon — “the Spurs are the best team in basketball” bandwagon. Just not the Spurs players. They keep saying the Lakers are the best, like they did again before the two teams face off Sunday. Look what they told Fran Blinebury of NBA.com.

“They have a great team, I must say,” said Antonio McDyess. “Every team we face is competition for us. You’ve got Dallas in the West, New Orleans, other teams. But they (Lakers) are the best team until you take their title away. I think we always look at it that way. When we step on the court with the guys who have won two championships in a row, until you take that title away, they are the best team.”

“Sure. Sure. Yep. They’re defending NBA champions,” (Spurs coach Gregg) Popovich said. “They’ve won two in a row. It seems perfectly logical to me that at times their focus might not be 100 percent. But they’re a group with fantastic corporate knowledge. They know how difficult it is. Because they know that they also know what it will take down the stretch here and come playoff time.

I’m done believing the Spurs. We’re at the point where what we see this season matters more than what happened last season. The Spurs have beaten the Lakers twice this season. San Antonio has been the best team in the NBA.

For a long time, despite the all the wins the Spurs were piling up early in the season, most people were in agreement with the Spurs. When PBT talked to scouts and others back in December the consensus was Lakers were still the biggest hurdle for the Lakers to get over. If they could get healthy and focused, they could win it all again.

Now people are changing that tune. There are plenty of people around the league now asking if the Lakers really can rise to the level of last season’s team (we’ll find out this week, Phil Jackson thinks). There are plenty of people thinking the Spurs are the Lakers biggest hurdle.

Sunday is just one game, and these are not teams making statements in March. But if the Spurs beat the Lakers again in a big game, the bandwagon is going to get very crowded.

  1. fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 5, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Lakers fan here.

    I’m happy to see the Spurs getting their “qua” back. Nothing like a real competition between my favorite team and their perennial rival in the West. For the Lakers to solidify their claim as the Best in the West, beating the best opposition (Spurs) should be THE statement.

    Not only are the Spurs playing great ball both on offense and defense, they have shed their “dirty game” image thanks to the retirement of Bowen.

    I have no distaste for the Spurs team nor any other high-echelon West team. I want the Lakers to really work hard for their second three-peat. It makes the victory really sweeter.

  2. tstreet - Mar 6, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    All the talk in the article, blah, blah. We will see where it all stands today in a couple of hours. Laker 3-peat!

    • lunahumming - Mar 6, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      Ummmm, tstreet…..talk? talk? Having already beaten the Lakers both times they’ve met this season isn’t talk…….and you think today’s game will tell you where it all stands? LOL! And by the way, “blah blah” is how people without any answers (much like the Lakers) respond. Want a 3-peat? You’re going to have to go through the Spurs first, and baby, you’re going to need alllll the luck your egomaniacle team can get. GO SPURS GO!!!!!!!

  3. massivedick - Mar 6, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    yep … article is blah blah … but so are the Lakers and their fans. Spurs are as Mano says not “shiny” but they are the best TEAM in the NBA and TEAMS win championships. Lakers have too many egos and distractions. Kobe is still the best player in basketball … i will give you that much.

  4. lebronsinsecurity - Mar 6, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Please don’t insinuated other Laker fans are as dumb as what tstreet is spewing.. The majority probably take the stance that fouldwimmerlaik took.. We’ve got nothing but respect for the Spurs, you guys deserve it.. You’re just falling to tstreets level when you throw jabs at the majority of Lakers fans that respect your team..

  5. louistaylored - Mar 6, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Ummmm maybe today gives an answer to why the Lakers are the team to beat. Because when healthy and focused they are really hard to beat

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