Now, I think I've shown great restraint during our recent trouncing of Shaq and the Suns. I can't promise that will continue as we move closer to the finals . . .
I found a column this morning that I think says it all about our team. Some excerpts:
The Spurs are laughing at us. Not out loud, mind you. They are too smart for that. But they are feeling mighty fine on the inside, thank you very much. Just don't expect them to show it. That's part of their secret.
Don't let the Spurs' No. 3 finish in the regular season fool you. This is the best team in the league, and it's not close. They may have teased us for 82 games, letting us think that the pack was catching up. Don't count on it.
People gripe that the Spurs are boring but the only place they're boring is in front of reporters, and that's by design. On the court, the Spurs are a finely tuned machine that plays as efficiently as any team ever.
Then the Spurs eliminate them 4-1 and a report — from a very reliable source — comes out that Mike D'Antoni is out as head coach. How dumb: Lets' get rid of one of the best coaches in the league because we lost to the Spurs. Getting rid of D'Antoni ensures Phoenix of one thing: The Suns will not be any closer to the Spurs this time next year. The Suns will not find a replacement who's better than D'Antoni. And the Spurs can take satisfaction knowing a team that actually was closing the gap last year now is losing ground.
At least the Spurs' next victim, the Hornets, won't have to worry about radical makeovers after they come up short. This is a young team with its window just opening. They will learn valuable lessons from the Spurs. They just won't beat them.
WEST SEMIFINALS: SPURS VS. HORNETS
G1 – at Hornets, Saturday, 9 p.m. TNT
G2 – at Hornets, tba
G3 – AT SPURS, TBA
G4 – AT SPURS, TBA
G5 – at Hornets, tba
G6 – AT SPURS, TBA
G7 – at Hornets, tba