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Spurs cruise past Trail Blazers, earn top seed in West

Apr 23, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker AP

San Antonio wanted to wrap up the top seed in the West so they held nothing back Monday — they came into Portland and played all the big names, they came in with a real focus on the job.

The blew the doors of the Trail Blazers. The Spurs led by 13 after one quarter and it got a whole lot worse from there for Portland fans, until it mercifully ended 124-89. It was new vintage dominant Spurs this season, with an impressive offense in the lead role.

With the win the Spurs are the top seed in the West. They are tied with Chicago for the best record overall in the NBA, but the Bulls have the tiebreaker. Earlier this season it looked like the Thunder would run away with the top seed in the West but they have stumbled and been inconsistent for more than a month and that opened the door for a Spurs team that does not let opportunity pass it by. Oklahoma City will be the two seed in the West.

With this done, you can bet Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are done playing until the playoffs start this weekend.

What the Spurs do not know yet is who they face in the first round — Utah or Phoenix. Or maybe, but not likely, Denver. The game between the Jazz and the Suns Tuesday night in Utah will tell us a lot. Whichever of them it is, they will get steamrolled by a Spurs team whose offense is nearly an unstoppable machine right now.

  1. savvybynature - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Great season guys! Stay healthy and let’s get one for the thumb! Keep pounding the rock!

  2. marlin1894 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    The Spurs are scoring like crazy! The playoffs are looking exciting.

  3. rexismybff - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    The Spurs have posted a very impressive 36-7 record since January 30th, and two of the losses were games in which Popovich held out the big 3 to end a pair of 11-game winning streaks.

    Incredibly, 20 of those 36 wins have been against teams that are either currently in the playoffs, or still have a shot at a playoff spot (I counted wins against both Utah and Phoenix).

    The playoff-bound teams they’ve beaten by 15+ points since February include: Oklahoma City, Los Angeles (X2 – home and away), @Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. On their current 8-game win streak, they are averaging over 116 points per game, and they’ve hit the 120-point mark a remarkable 8 times this season.

    With all that, the Spurs don’t have a single gaudy scorer. Tony Parker is tops on the team at 18 ppg,and no one on the team plays more than Parker’s 32 minutes per game. They’ve currently got 11 guys on the roster who average at least 20 minutes per game, and at least 6 points per game. This team no longer needs 20+ each from the big 3 to beat you, and they’ve been on fire since collecting Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw in trades in March.

    • marlin1894 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:10 AM

      Hey PBT, hire this guy!

  4. dm3420 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Hey Kurt, how do write an article about a game you clearly didn’t watch? The game was in San Antonio…

  5. ambitoos - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    As a Laker fan, I think the Spurs are going to take it all. They have the best coach in the NBA. Great organization. Lakers can’t do it with this team so I’ll be rooting for you.

  6. nashman1151 - Apr 24, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    … they played in San Antonio, not Portland. I guess it was bad for the one guy in the building wearing an Oden jersey and holding an unhappy baby near the entrance.

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