I saw the title of the video clip on ESPN, "East, West Predictions" and it had Michael Wilbon and Jon Barry. I love to hear what Wilbon has to say about everything, because the man pays attention and doesn't talk about what he doesn't know. And Jon Barry has not been all that flattering to the Spurs, so wanted to see what he was going to say. His comments revealed pretty much what I had suspected all along.
I was surprised with their predictions, especially Jon Barry. And he had an interesting statement: "The more and more I watch them [Spurs], they are really, really good at what they do." I translate this to mean, "I hadn't really watched them until recently because I didn't think they were relevant." I have said previously on this site that I felt like a lot of commentators hadn't watched the Spurs because of comments that they made.
So here is how I imagine it went down. Everybody knows the Spurs had problems with the Griz and their big front line last season. So here come the Lakers, and a lot of these guys tune in. Bynum goes for 30 rebounds and they all go, "See, we knew it." A few days later, the Spurs are on a 3 game streak of double digit wins, including the a win over the Griz, and the Suns who recently beat the Lakers, but it's Lakers/Spurs again and at Staples and the Spurs are in the middle of a back to back to back away from home - maybe this will be fun watching Bynum (and perhaps Gaso) go into beast mode again. 2nd quarter comes around . . . game over. Whoa. What just happened? How'd they do that? Totally unexpected. But, hey, no Kobe. They can't double and concentrate on Bynum like that with Kobe in. A couple of nights later after absolutely CRUSHING Sacramento with Duncan sitting, It's Lakers/Spurs again, only WITH Kobe. I suspect, anybody that wasn't paying attention before is DEFINITELY paying attention now. This is going to be a GAME. And looking at game recaps, and boxscores. After all, their finely attuned zombie senses are telling them something big is happening - probably a story here, and they are going to be the first one to break it. (Zombie senses are kinda like Spidey senses, except about what you would expect from the walking dead.) And it was a game! Until it wasn't. 3rd quarter rolls around, and it's game over AGAIN. Total and absolute domination over a team they were talking about as a title contender and who is rolling over other teams, with and without Kobe. Wow. As Stephen A. Smith said reluctantly, "Spurs are ballin'."
Yeah, folks are paying attention now.