San Antonio Spurs: Despite Hot Start, No Longer a Contender

November 18th, 2010 by Keegan Ferguson Leave a reply »
The San Antonio Spurs are 9-1 right now, enjoying their best start in franchise history.  They are coming off a big win against the Chicago Bulls, an up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference.  Manu Ginobili has been inserted into the starting lineup and this move has rapidly paid dividends.  But, despite this start, the Spurs championship window has closed.


Weak Schedule

The Spurs are off to such a hot start because of their weak schedule.  True, in their last two games they beat both the Bulls and the Thunder.  Both were playoff teams from last season and both will likely be in the playoffs again.  But, the Bulls were without Carlos Boozer, who's return will make this team more balanced and take the scoring load off of Derrick Rose. 

Additionally, the presence of Boozer would likely have kept Tim Duncan from rebounding at such a high clip.  But, when you add it all up, the teams they have beaten this season are a combined 33-53.

Like the Heat, the Spurs have yet to really prove themselves against the league's competition.  They lost to the Hornets, haven't played the ...

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