Can Popovich’s Spurs Prevent the ‘Three’-Peat?

San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs carry a lot of luggage, old luggage!

With the experienced Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and power forward Tim Duncan at Gregg Popovich’s disposal, as the squad ages over time, the only real youthful promise in the team seems to come from the likes of Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green.

The 15th pick in the 2011 draft, Leonard was traded to the Spurs from the Indiana Pacers and seems to have done the trick to help urge on San Antonio in clutch moments.

Even though most of the squad are at the end of their careers, they sure know how to get the job done as it was seen Sunday night against the Dallas Mavericks, where they trailed for most of the game, but eventually got the W in the first game of their playoff series at home thanks to Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.

The Spurs had an early scare when Duncan came off worst when he set a screen against Monta Ellis, where it seemed his knee injury was about to resurrect, however Timmy D came back in the fourth quarter to give Dirk Nowitzki a tough time and help San Antonio to an 85-90 win.

Both Dirk and Duncan combine together for playing in a total of 29 playoffs, and within the games where the Mavs have met Spurs, Gregg Popovich and his men have triumphed 9 times in a row over the past 2 seasons.

Will the success end? Apparently not anytime soon, as the determination to regain the status as the best team in the NBA from the palms of the Miami Heat is indulging.

Miami, who are the only team to beat the Spurs in a seventh game of the playoffs, started their playoff journey off with a comfortable win against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Losing the last game of the playoffs will be agonising for any player, coming so close to gaining that championship ring, yet having to wait another year for the chance of getting their hands on one.

The competition however is stronger than ever with the likes of Golden State Warriors, L.A Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder, so the Spurs have their work cut out for them to stop Lebron James and co. from retrieving the NBA trophy for the third year in a row.

But the Spurs squad seem to be as eager as ever to grab hold of the opportunity to show why they’re the team everyone should have their eyes on, to show why playoff teams should be threatened by the experience they have as a unit, to show the world that age is just a number.

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