By now, you've read all about it in the morning edition of your daily newspaper and heard all about it on ESPN. But how does the blockbuster trade of Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks affect the San Antonio Spurs, if at all?
The Spurs have a 3-0 season series lead against the Nuggets, but consider this. One of the wins was a 113-112 nail-biter. That game, Anthony scored 31 points to go with nine rebounds. Another of the wins, Anthony was out with an injury.
Add to that the Nuggets matched up extremely well with the Spurs before the Anthony trade. The Nuggets had a game changer in Anthony, a player capable of defending Tony Parker well with Chauncey Billups and a frontcourt with size that could cause some problems for the Spurs. The Nuggets bench also rivaled that of the Spurs, and with the Nuggets one game out of eighth place, the Spurs could have possibly been looking at a big hurdle in the first round of the playoffs.
Not to say that Denver didn't pull in some nice pieces and did well to get as much as they did for Anthony before he walked away this summer for nothing, but a contender they are no more. They are a much younger group and lost a lot of playoff experience and finals experience when they sent Anthony and Billups to the "Big Apple."
While the Knicks are improved and will make things interesting in the East, the trade possibly made the Spurs path to a fifth title a bit easier and took one obstacle out of their way.
But don't expect the Spurs to rest on their laurels, especially considering the talent in the Western Conference.
The Nuggets were never a serious threat to the Spurs. The scenario in the East is more complicated right now, who will really come out? In the West it's pretty obvious at this point it's either the Lakers, Mavericks or the Spurs. I believe the Spurs can make it. We still have James Anderson and Tiago Splitter who will make a diffence come playoff time, mark my words.
The real threat are the Mavericks and the Lakers, the Nuggs are not title contenders so it wouldn't matter. If anything this will benefit the Spurs when reach the finals because the East has fought so hard to get there.
It has gone through I-35 too with Dallas in 06, but not through Phoenix recently (they were in the NBA Finals in 93 though).
The Nuggets might still be a playoff team without Anthony, but I like the fact that Anthony going to NY makes the East more competitive...thus, allowing themselves to beat up on each other come playoff time.
Who cares about the Nuggets... the real threats are going to be the Lakers and Dallas. Because let's face it, the Mavs are stacked (even without Butler) and the Lakers are the defending Champions. And off topic: I think the Spurs need a to make a trade. Our defense looks horrid at times. It's going to bite us in the ass come playoff time. But who are we willing to give up? And who are we looking for? I haven't really thought about it. I wonder if the Spurs are thinking about it.
Spurs would win in 5 games with or without Anthony....that's why we are not that concerned or exited about the move. Same ole same ole when it comes to the Nuggets..
The bottomline is the Spurs must not overlook any opponent. With Anthony or not, if the Nuggets makes it to the playoffs and meet the Spurs, they should not be complacent. Keep the focus! Go Spurs Go!
The Nuggets got young talent to replace Carmelo but it will take at least a year for them to be a dangerous team. If the Spurs will meet them in the first round it will be good for the Spurs.
The Nuggets is still a good team but without Anthony they can't compete for a title. If ever they meet in the playoffs the Spurs may have an easier time.
@LFJeremy I know they say the road to the finals in through the champs (LAL) but we all know this yr its through SA.