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epitaph of the regular season or two

2010-2011 regular season was not really a season for the Spurs - there were 2 seasons, as different as Caribbean vacation and day in office, Miami and Minnesota, Eva Longoria and David Stern, etc. etc. During the first season we have seen the best start in the franchise history, healthy and stable starting five, happy Pop after Dice's winning tip in, and trashing of Miami's big 3 by Coach B. The Miami game was the perfect finish for the perfect season, with insane record of 51-11 and all us as speechless witnesses. It was way above and beyond our most optimistic expectations at the start of the season, and it was just absolutely unbelievably great.

Then, on "black Sunday" of March 6, the Lakers came to town. What happened on that day has been thoroughly dismissed by the collective wisdom of PtR as "just one game". May be so. I think, however, that the team has never been the same. The starting lineup changed, the injuries followed, the beatings of bottom-feeders continued, but losses from playoff teams started to pile up, culminating in the 6-game losing streak, not seen since, well, last century. The team finished 10-10, looking old, injury-prone, tired, vulnerable, unable to finish, unable to raise the lavel of play up to superior competition. In fact, it was exactly the team that 'experts' predicted to see at the start of the season. The second season ended by tanking a winnable game at LA, helping the arch-enemy to get the easiest playoff route to the WCF, and then the beating by the hands of familiar from last year playoffs, though much weaker now, foe. It has been very depressing to see the great team becoming a shell of itself in a span of few weeks. Of course, ups and downs of a regular season is nothing new, but I would much rather see the Spurs to start 10-10 and finish 51-11, than vice versa.

So, the regular season is finished and dead, and its corpse stinks. Now 'the real season' starts, and the question is: what team will show up?  Will we see a comeback of the most successful team in the franchise history or should we suffer watching a beaten down, tired, unhappy group of players dreaming of summer vacation? Please, tell me what team you expect to see.

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