The Spurs are 19-3 since February 27, best in the NBA during that stretch. After a desultory February road trip that had many questioning their will and stamina, the Spurs simply turned it up a notch or eight. They’ve won nine straight, none by less than 10 points. The Spurs are simply obliterating teams that are supposed to be competitive.
The Spurs’ most recent victim was the Houston Rockets with MVP-favorite James Harden and returned All-Star center Dwight Howard. Spurs 110, Rockets 98. Just before that, MVP-favorite Russell Westbrook and his depleted OKC Thunder got whupped by San Antonio by 25. Last season’s Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is finding himself standing in more “Big Three” pictures with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, while Manu Ginobili–former big three guy who Coach Popovich once called the “most aggressive player” he’d ever seen–chomps at the bit for his playoff chances. You don’t want to be in the Spurs way. And if it ended today, their first foe could be the Rockets.