There's been so much said about the phx series, and rightly so. It will go down as one of my favorite SPURS playoff series' of all time and I think it represented more than just a first round victory (as someone else already elaborated on). It was rewarding on so many levels, and vindicative as well. I will continue to relive this series for quite some time, watching videos and rereading posts and write-ups. And I definately can't wait for Stampler's recap of Game 5 and of the entire series. Pure beauty, beating those guys that are so cannonized by the media in only 5 games.
But.... the celebration is over.
For now, I think it's time to move ahead. One of my favorite qualities of the Tim Duncan era has always been the professionalism and poise in moving towards the final goal. I love that even announcers always notice that the SPURS don't celebrate or even overly show emotion after getting through an opponent in a round of the playoffs. I love seeing most other teams dogpile each other and break into tears and high-fives after winning a series, while the SPURS show little regard to winning "battles." We've always seemed to recognize that the goal is to win the war. The goal is a championship, and until that is achieved, we're consistantly moving forward and looking to tomorrow. Let phx and it's blog pontificate on the merits of the SPURS/suns series; we're already down the road. It's not like we're all going crazy or celebrating TOO much already, I just think it's time we looked ahead and ended our relief at getting through the suns. Our next opponent will present many new challenges and tests, and we're more than ready for the match-up. This week has been awesome as a SPURS fan, and next week will be awesome too. Congrats fellow SPURS worshippers, but now it's time to prepare....
Bring on the New Orleans Hornets!!! I'm going out right now and saying SPURS in 5. Ballsy, but I have very high confidence right now that we're stopping CP3 and we're using our experience and superior coaching to blow through this young upstart. If we execute properly and play our game, there's no reason to think that we'll go 7 as some "experts" have already decided. Our playoff defense and focus is something this team has yet to experience; and as I've said before, I don't see anyone beating Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Pop 4 out of 7 games right now.
GO SPURS GO