Top 5 Reasons Spurs Won't Win The West.
Top 5 Reasons the San Antonio Spurs Won't Win Western Conference.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Even with the best record in the NBA for the 3rd straight year, very few predict the Spurs are capable of another Championship and we agree.
#1. No improvements. The Spurs had the best record in the NBA both of the last two years, but never managed to win the Western Conference. What's different this year? Nothing. The Spurs have done nothing to significantly improve their team. Now, some teams have lost significant pieces like the Thunder losing James Harden, but others like the Clippers have gotten significantly stronger. With no the Spurs making no real moves to get quicker or younger, it's hard to see them having the legs to hang with teams like OKC and the Clippers come playoff time.
#2. Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers have already beaten the Spurs twice this season and once was by 22 points. The Clippers are everything the Spurs are not. LA is young, deep, and incredibly athletic. The knock on them used to be lack of patience and veteran play, but with CP3 running the point and Chauncey Billups back in the lineup, the Spurs will not be able to get past the Clippers with cunning alone.
#3. Injuries. The Spurs have done an amazing job winning with injuries to Manu Ginobili early in the season and Tony Parker late in the season, but the bottom line is they can't afford for anyone to be injured. They don't have the depth needed to win with injuries. Plus, the other members of their big three don't have the ability to produce the numbers necessary to take out a top tier Western Conference team in a 7-game series. They can win one game here or there over a quality team, but not an entire series.
#4. Manu Ginobili. I love Manu's game, but it is slipping. His PPG is down to 12.5 from 19.5 just a few seasons ago. This alone isn't a sign of problems, but his shooting percentage is also down to 44.6 percent from the field. This isn't a bad number, but Manu feels a little out of sorts this season. He's up to 2.2 turnovers a game and many of these appear to be occurring at critical moments one wouldn't expect a veteran like Manu to be slipping.
#5 Derek Fisher. Picking up Fisher was the smartest move the Thunder made all year. The Thunder were able to beat the Spurs last season with Fisher and then turned around and dropped him. Lucky for them, they were able to scoop him up again. He is the kryptonite to the San Antonio Spurs. Fisher simply knows how to beat SA. He is clutch with his 3-point shots late in the game. He gives Westbrook and Durant another option for a confidant shooter at the end of the game. Plus, he's proven. He's been there before and gives the young OKC team veteran leadership when it counts. Fisher is a perfect fit for OKC and the reason they will beat SA in a 7 game series.