Rip My Heart Out Why Don’t You ….? It’s All But A Done Deal …..!

Rip  My  Heart  Why  Don’t  You  ?…..It’s All  But  A Done  Deal  ….!

 

Well as the NBA  season   comes    down  the  final  stretch of the  season.  A  number  of  teams with   playoff   ambitions  are  aligning  themselves  and   jockeying   for  positions  that ‘d be  favorable  in terms  of  the  seeding.     

 

 

 

In  the  Eastern   Conference  it’s  all  but  a  certainty  that  the  Cleveland  Cavaliers (62-15) will be  the  overall  number  one  seed.  And it’s  a  deserving  mantel  to  have  for  what  can   be  best  described as  an  outstanding  season.   Having  already   surpassed  the  60 win  threshold  for  the  season.  The team  is  further looking  to  cement its   status  as  the  league’s   best  team  in  terms  of   the  overall  win  total  and    number   one  seeding  throughout the  playoffs.

 

 

 

That  being  said   in the  Western  Conference   the   Los Angeles Lakers (62-16)  are  looking  to  make something   of a  late  run and  perhaps  derail  the   Cavaliers’  hopes. Well  unless there’s   divine   intervention   from   up  on   high.  I  think  it’s  pretty   safe  to  say   that’s  not  going  to  happen   at this   juncture.  And  as  much  as   those   in the  West  would  very much like  to  see  this   happen.  It’s   somewhat  safe  to  say   there  are  those  who’d   rather   see  someone  else   seated   atop of  the  hill.  

 

 

 

 

Which   now   brings me   to   my  next   point.   As  a  long  avid  San Antonio  Spurs’ (50-27)  fan.  I for one  felt  that  this  season   there  might’ve  been a  chance  of   gaining   revenge  against   our conference  rivals  in the  Los  Angeles  Lakers.    Well   at  least  I thought  it  was  going  to  be  that  way.  Much  of the  season  it  has   been  something  of   a  turnstile  of  players   being   injured  and  re-injuring  themselves.  Wherein   there  was   never  any  real  continuity ,  fluidity  or   cohesiveness  as to  the  team’s  play.  And  that  has  led to   a great deal  of  consistency    despite them   once  again  obtaining   a  50  win   season  thus   far.  Suffice  to  say  it’s been  another   remarkable   coaching   job  done   by   Gregg Popovich .  Even  if  the   carousel   ride  itself   at times  has   flirted  with    disaster.  And   despite   the   milestones   he’s  achieved   the  man   still   remains   almost   unflappable.     He’s  won  four  NBA titles  as a  coach   and  this   season   became   one  of   handful  coaches  to  have  attained   1,000  regular  season wins.   Joining  a  select  few   and  most   certainly   he’ll  one  day   be  enshrined  in the  Naismith   Basketball  Hall  of  Fame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As alluded  to  earlier  in this   piece   for  much  of  the  season the   team  has  been  unable to  play  at  full  strength .  They’ve  not been   able to  have  their    triumvirate   of  All  Stars  in  Tim  Duncan  ,  Manu Ginobli  and  Tony  Parker   together   for   a  prolonged  period   of  continuous   play  for  a  series  of  games. It’d be   easy  to  suggest   that   good teams  are  able  to  adapt  and   overcome  such  adversities.  And  many of  the  good  teams  do.   The  great   teams  they  say “ can   say  can   look  into    the  eyes  of  adversity    stare  it   down   and   overcome”.  There was  a  time  when    that’d    be  the  case  for  the  Spurs  ,  but   no   longer.  As  they’ve   always   been   ever  reliant  upon  their   combo  of  Duncan  , Ginobli and  Parker.

 

 

 

 

Well with  the  recent   announcement   that   Ginobli  has  been   lost  to  the  team  for  the   rest  of  the  regular  season  as well  as  the  playoffs.  In  making  that   announcement   Popovich   hasn’t  surrendered   his  belief  that this   team   can  usurp  the  Los Angeles  Lakers.  But  at the   same  time  he   can’t   hide  the   disappointment   of   knowing  that  the   team’s   very   own   super-sub   will  be   lost  the  team  once   again.  It all   now   but  guarantees  that   the  Spurs  will   face  an  uphill   battle   as to being    quite   possibly  the  Lakers’  opponents   in the  Western Conference  Finals. And  that’s   predicated   on  both   teams  making  that   far   by   going   unscathed  once the  playoffs  begin.

 

 

 

If there’s   one  thing   that  at times   we   know  it’s   that   nothing  is  ever   etched   in stone   permanently  when   it  comes  to   game  of  basketball and   the  NBA  in  particular. I’d   somehow   like  to  think  that   could   be   changed  somewhat .  But at this   juncture    I’m   going to  enjoy  the  ride  and   root   for  my   team   no  matter  what.   To  say   that  I’m   not  disheartened with  the  loss  of   Ginobli  would  be  an  immense   understatement.   Because  with   Ginobli   on the  court   almost  anything  can  happen and    for  the  large  part   it   normally   does.   He’s  dragged  victory   from   the  depths   of   defeat  so  often   for  the  franchise  over the  years.   Though  it  can  be   said  that   Duncan  and  Parker   have  both   been  heroes  as well   when  it  has counted.  But  it   has  been  Ginobli   that  has  provided   that   unexpected   spark  when   things  seemed   dire   for   the   team. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now  comes  the   question  who’ll  step  up from  amongst  the   team’s  roster  to  assume   Ginobli’s  mantel   now  that  he’s  been   lost  to  the  team ?   Matt Bonner   while  dutiful   in  his  role   on the  team   doesn’t  exactly   set  the   world alight.  Though he’s   proven to  be   more  than  capable  when  called  upon.  He  doesn’t   posses  the  intangibles   of  Ginobli.  And   though  many   of  the  Spurs’  fans   have  delighted  in the play  of  Roger  Mason Jr.  It  can   be  said   he  hasn’t   been   dipped  into  the   baptism  of   fire  that the  playoffs  are all  about.  He’s  shown  that  he’s  capable  of   taking  and   making  the  big  shots  during  a  game .    But   the   regular  season  is  one  thing.  With  the  game on the  line  and   Parker   and  Duncan   being  guarded .  Somehow in the  pressure   cooker   of   the   playoffs   I’m   not  so   sure  that   Mason  for  all   of  the  guile   shown   in the  regular  season  can  handle   the  pressure  there  and  then.   But  then  again  one   can  live   in  hope   that   he can  make the  impossible  seem   possible  and   effortless with  ease !  

 

 

 

 

 

 

One  thing  is  for   certain   however  it’d be  extremely   naïve and   foolish  to   count  out  the  San Antonio  Spurs  at  this   juncture.  Even  if  I   do  have  my  doubts   about  the  team.  Other  than   Phil   Jackson  of  the  Los Angeles Lakers   there  might    be   no  other  coach    in the  league  who’s  adept   enough  to   actually   take  this  team and   make   them  a  potentially   dangerous   foe  to  meet    even   under  such  adversity.  It’ s  nor   just   a  team  one  needs  to   worry  about  in  the  playoffs.  It’s   also  the   acumen  of  the  coaches as  well  who  are   involved  in  those   series.  And   if   there’s   a  better  postseason  coach    out  there at present   other   than   Popovich   who  possesses  his   guile.  I’d    like  to  hear     your   arguments   for  and   against   him.

Author: tophatal ...........

An avid sports' fans that's all !!!!!

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