At 4/30/11 04:46 PM, orangebomb wrote:
As for San Antonio, All I can say is that this team is finished being a contender for a title, considering that there core players are really old and they just can't keep up with younger, more athletic players. More or less, they were a 60 win team masquerading as a 45 win team, and I honestly think that they were not a championship contender this year, because they can't keep up with the young, elite teams like the Thunder.
To a certain extent that is true. With regard to Tim Duncan, he has certainly lost a step, and is not a star player anymore, but just an average one. Manu Ginobili is slightly past his prime, but still putting up good numbers. Even with an elbow injury, the man scored 33 points in game 5. Tony Parker is in his prime right now, but this series was a product of the fact that he has been in a slump since the end of the regular season.
Memphis did not win this series overwhelmingly - most of their victories were within 3-5 points. They were also, however, a terrible matchup for the spurs, which was evidenced by our regular season record against them, particularly at FedEx Forum. Our regular season record was actually very good against OKC (3-0), and I'm convinced that we would have had a legit shot against them had we gotten to the second round.
Ultimately, though, this team was not built for the playoffs, it was built for the regular season, with a run-and-gun style of play that sacrificed defense for a risky 3 point game that did not work once the shots stopped falling.