The San Antonio Spurs have one of the best records in the NBA at 33-11 but when it comes to beating top-tier teams, they have struggled. From Portland, Houston, Oklahoma City to Miami, the Spurs have not gotten that impressive win over a playoff bound squad.
And as much as the fans may be worried about this pattern, guard Tony Parker says the team isn't panicking.
During his French radio show, Parker weighed in on the team's less-than-stellar performance against the better teams in the league and had this to say.
"There was no panic. We stay calm. There is still a lot of experience on the team, said Parker. It is no fun to lose games like that but we know that the big goal is later. We try not too take the lead and we hope that the injured players back soon after the All-Star Game (February 16 in New Orleans) to find a groove and play our best basketball at the beginning of the playoffs."
Parker went on to state the team does struggles versus bigger, and more physical team but states the team will be fine come the postseason.
"Many teams are more physical than us and that is normal, said the French leader in TP Show Monday.
But we can be smarter and play together. We still lack three of the five major players (Tiago Splitter, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard). It's hard in the big games but it has already been years where we finished first in the regular season and did not win in the playoffs. And people only remember that."
Parker may be not panicking but this team cannot be losing to upper teams and have to send a message to the rest of the postseason bound squads. Without that signature win, the top teams will see the Spurs are vulnerable and give them a mental edge should they meet in big games like the NBA Finals.
Are you in panic mode Spurs fans or do you agree with TP?
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I think coach Pop was trying something new in those meeting.
for example, when the Spurs faced OKC last week,
Ginobili was the defender on KD in the first half after Leonard went down,
Manu did a great job going physical with KD and KD had 5+ turnovers in the first half.
but in the 2nd half, Marco was the primary defender on KD, we all know that Marco is not a stopper.
in the closing minutes in the 2nd half, Pop changed again going small and used Corey Joseph as KD defender,
eventually KD made two tough 3-pointers at the end. Pop even went zone in some occasion in 2nd half too.
one more example, when SA faced portland at home,
Manu went crazy in the 3rd and put up 18 straight points.
but in the 4th quarter, he barely touched the ball as SA offence dried up.
maybe we needed to give some credits to Portland's defence.
but I think coach Pop's experiment on some lineup is the major reason why SA lost to the top team.
No ......Not at all . We need to be HEALTHY come in o Playoffs ! This team is obviously better that team last year which , was by the way 28 second to win 5 Th championship
It's January. Timmy is OK, Manu isn't hurt, and TP is a little banged up. I'm more worried about TP getting healthy, and playing him fewer minutes than I am about some worthless regular season game.
For me, Reggie Jackson is a worry. Cory Joseph has to step up. We have playoff plans for Durant and Westbrook. Tiago and Danny need to make improvements, but they are injured right now. I think Baynes needs more playing time, because he is ideal for handling Dwight Howard, and perhaps Lamarcus Aldridge. The other boys just aren't big enough.
Finally, we need Memphis in the playoffs. The Spurs can handle them, but OKC? Not so sure.
We are 6-9 vs. this week's top ten and 12-9 vs. top 15. We have trouble with certain types of teams in regular season, but playoffs ae different game. I am not paniced. Go Spurs!
We were in a worse situation a few years ago. We were losing to bad teams and we couldn't beat any good teams. It wasn't till after the all-star game and into march where we turned it around and all the good teams could not beat us. This was the year the spurs barely made the 7th seed. Our bad misfortune was that Manu broke his arm in the last game of season and we went in hobbled against the grizzlies. But this year reminds me of that. I won't panick until march comes and we still can't beat the +500 teams
@INSANE99 You're confusing your seasons. Manu broke his elbow the yr the Spurs finished #1 in the West. The yr they finished #7 they beat Dallas in the first rd. and then got swept by the Suns. That was the yr. Manu broke his nose vs. Dallas (Remember he had that big ol' maxi-pad on his nose).