A cursory search on social media for the San Antonio Spurs will show a lot of fans exacting sweet revenge on the unholy doubters. The fans like to quote the various hoops talking heads at ESPN and the like who said a month ago that the Spurs wouldn’t make the playoffs, a prediction which right now looks as good as an investment in Theranos. Back then the Spurs were coming off the rodeo road trip that saw them go 1-7 and lose to the — gulp — New York Knicks.
So proud of my guys!! Spurs win 9th in a row. #GoSpursGo
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) March 19, 2019
But the Spurs home cooking and Coach Gregg Popovich‘s reinvigorated defense have ushered in a Spurs revival. Even retired Spurs star Manu Ginobili is tweeting about how proud he is of his guys, as the Spurs won their 9th straight by knocking off the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Spurs used a suffocating defense to try to force the ball out of the hands of the Warriors best shooters — and they also got a little lucky as splash brothers marksmen Steph Curry and Klay Thompson went 0-for-10 to start the game, even with some open looks. Relative no-names like Bryn Forbes are doing the work for the Spurs, which once-upon-a-time no-name Manu Ginobili appreciates. During the game, DeMar DeRozan became the first Spurs player since Ginobili in 2010-11 to make 300 free throws in a season. The Spurs now look like a certainty for a strong seed in the Western Conference postseason now.