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You can blame the loss of Tony Parker all you want, but it’s clear the San Antonio Spurs are not in top playoff form. If the postseason started today, there wouldn’t be a lot of hope for their chances to reach the NBA Finals.
Luckily, there are still 15 games left on the schedule, and the Spurs are hoping to get Parker back with plenty of time to get back into top gear before the playoffs.
For now though, they have to be focused on maintaining the top seed in the Western Conference, which has been shaky lately with some big losses and close games against sub-.500 teams. Interestingly though, the Spurs also have some big wins against Chicago and Oklahoma City without Parker. Tim Duncan says the team is just out of their groove.
"We're just sporadic right now," Duncan said. "It's kind of up and down, up and down, up and down. We just need to get a more consistent focus, get guys on the same page. We're missing Tony a little bit right now. It was bound to catch up with us at some point. We're missing him right now, and not just his scoring and his play, but his play calling and his understanding of what Pop wants and when he wants it."
The upcoming schedule for the Spurs is going to be tough, even if Parker returns to the lineup ahead of time. Danny Green says the Spurs’ current lapse is normal though, and they have the right guys to turn it around.
“We know we're not where we want to be," Green said. "It's a long season. Teams go through lapses. Guys go through lapses individually. We've got some guys that are injured, hurt or whatever, bumped and bruised, mentally drained, physically drained. But we know we're a team of character, and that no matter what, we're going to continue to fight, and grind it out, help each other, support each other."
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