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Manu Ginobili is concerned about Spurs 1-8 record vs. NBA’s best

Jan 20, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

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The Spurs are 32-9, battling for the best record in the West and looking like an elite team most nights. At least one scout thinks they are the same old Spurs, winning games while pacing themselves through the regular season and they are the class of the conference again.

But there are questions — they are 1-8 this season against the best teams on their schedule (the Trail Blazers, Rockets, Thunder, Clippers and Pacers). There are reports the Spurs are being more aggressive than normal on the trade market, which can be taken as a sign management thinks they need a little more to get over the top this season.

If you don’t believe me that it’s a concern, look at what Manu Ginobili told the Express-News after the Spurs lost to the Trail Blazers at home last week.

“When it happens the first three times, four times, five times,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said, “then you say, ‘Okay, things happen. The schedule and…’ Now it’s eight (losses), so there has to be a tendency now.”

That one win? Over the Clippers without Chris Paul.

Coach Gregg Popovich was cryptic when asked about it.

“We look everything square in the eye,” said Popovich, when asked about his team’s shortcomings against the NBA’s best.

The Spurs miss the defense of Tiago Splitter and guys like Danny Green that were key in last season’s playoff run have not yet found their form but may very well. Plus, the Spurs treat the regular season as a prelude to the games that matter, they don’t get up for matchups (just the opposite, Popovich often rests key guys in those games).

Still, it makes you wonder if the Spurs really do have another run in them. This is far too early to try and judge how San Antonio will play come April and May, and this is a team with a top 5 offense and defense, but we need to see more of them in big games to get a better picture.

This week the Spurs get Oklahoma City (without Russell Westbrook) and the Miami Heat, two games worth watching just to see how they approach and play in those games.

  1. antistratfordian - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    The Big 3 Heat had the same “problem” in their initial years – but the other teams that had the best records against the elite weren’t the ones who went to the finals.

  2. apmn - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    One of the strengths of the Spurs is self-awareness. They never delude themselves about who they are.

  3. pistolpete0903 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:42 AM

    The Spurs are predictable with their unpredictability.
    Pops wouldn’t care too much about the regular season.
    That’s what being a veteran team is about; the Spurs have been through this so many times before (think of it, the core has been around for more than 6 years; that’s an eternity in NBA). Their goal should be to be healthy come playoff time.

  4. kavika6 - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:07 AM

    How is losing to the elite teams in the league worse than losing to the sub-500 teams?

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