SPURS PUT ON ANOTHER BASKETBALL CLINIC
Here is how great the San Antonio Spurs were Sunday night.
Their bull dog attack made the Pistons look foolish and caused them to throw up their hands in resignation.
Their ball movement and sleight of hand was so fantastic that it caused officials to call phantom fouls. And they manhandled the Pistons in such a dominant fashion that their 97-76 clinic probably caused a bunch of Pistons fans to leaped off the bandwagon in disgust. This is no fluke now. The Spurs have totally outclassed the Pistons twice with the series shifting to The Palace Tuesday night for Game 3.
The Pistons got caught in a tidal wave and now they are treading water in a series that has gotten out of hand. I do believe teams can rally from a 2-0 deficit in best of seven game series. But they cannot when one team is performing a clinic and the other is hanging on to the cliff for dear life.
My reference point in the NBA is the 1980's. That is when we saw some of the best basketball ever with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls. There are few teams since 1990 that I believe can play with those teams.
The Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan championship run is one of them because of Jordan's greatness. This Spurs team is the other.
They play the game so right they are exposing everything that is wrong with the Pistons.
Their ball movement, back door cuts, defensive anticipation and intensity and coaching has been so superior that I watch games with my mouth open in amazement. This is some of the best basketball I've seen in the last 15 years.
And a word about the officials. I feel I must mention them because so many of you are obsessed with the issue.
They blew calls against the Pistons and called too many bogus calls. I say this for only the second time in the playoffs. I do not think it is a conscious thing. The Spurs are not only fooling the Pistons but they are fooling the officials as well.
Before this series began I wrote that it would be worth watch. Well so far I have been right and wrong.
The Spurs are worth watching. The Pistons are not.