Spurs playing waiting game for NBA Finals opponent

Fri May 31, 2013 3:24pm EDT
 

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - The San Antonio Spurs can only watch, wait and practice until their NBA Finals opponent is decided and they can return to action after a nine-day break.

The Western Conference champions will play the winner of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals, led 3-2 by the Miami Heat over the Indiana Pacers, when the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship series begins June 6.

"Too much rest? Sure there's concern," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich told reporters after practice on Thursday. "What are you going to do? You do your best."

The long hiatus is a byproduct of San Antonio's efficiency in dispatching the Memphis Grizzlies in a four-game sweep of the West final that concluded on Monday.

Tim Duncan, a stalwart of all four Spurs NBA titles during his 16 seasons in San Antonio, said he and his teammates are naturally keeping an eye on the Miami-Indiana series.

"Just trying to pick up a little on either squad," Duncan told reporters. "Just trying to find anybody's rhythm I can, see how they play, see what they do and just get a rhythm."

Point guard extraordinaire Tony Parker, who leads the Spurs in points and assists during the postseason, said he was not worried about rust settling in.

"I don't even think about it. It is what it is," the Frenchman said. "It's going to be a very good team that we're playing. Indiana and Miami two very good teams."   Continued...

 
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (L) celebrates after the Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies to win the NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series in Memphis, Tennessee May 27, 2013. REUTERS/Lance Murphey