Aging Spurs remain model of consistency in NBA

Mon Nov 4, 2013 3:14pm EST
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By Will Robinson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The San Antonio Spurs may not boast the NBA's flashiest roster but the team have epitomized consistency for well over a decade.

The Spurs have made the NBA postseason in 16 consecutive years, an impressive stretch that includes four league titles. And since the arrival of the two future hall-of-famers in head coach Gregg Popovich and forward Tim Duncan, San Antonio have been basketball's model of sustained success.

This season almost began with an early tumble. A tumultuous beginning to the second quarter of a recent game had the Spurs in a 31-18 hole to a Los Angeles Lakers team playing without injured Kobe Bryant.

But staunch defense -- a staple in the squad's enduring success -- pushed the team to a 91-85 road victory last Friday that improved their record to 2-0.

After last season's heartbreaking NBA Finals loss, up 5 points with 28 seconds in Game Six against the Miami Heat, San Antonio faces the advancing age of its stars in Duncan (37), Tony Parker (31) and Manu Ginobili (36) while fighting to remain a legitimate contender.

In three of their championships, the common thread was the core four: Popovich, Duncan, Parker and Ginobili. The Spurs have repeatedly found role players to complement its stars.

One key addition has been guard Danny Green. A second-round draft pick and Cleveland Cavaliers castoff, the 26-year-old has started a majority of the team's games since 2011.

One would think the mysterious "Spurs Way" would be inordinately demanding. It's anything but.   Continued...

Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) controls the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake (5) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports