The NBA season is finally underway, and the Spurs have started out this one just like they finished the last one…winning. San Antonio has won their first three games and are tied for first place in the division with Houston and New Orleans. The Spurs started the season on Halloween eve in style, hanging their newest championship banner alongside the others, and handing out diamond encrusted rings to the players like it was Halloween candy. Life is good for the Spurs and for their fans.
With all the hubbub and excitement, one wouldn’t have been surprised if the Spurs didn’t bring their A-game, but they did, dispensing with the Trail Blazers 106-97 to start the season off on the right foot. The Spurs got some more good news, as management announced that they had signed Tim Duncan to a contract extension for two more years. The Spurs main man in the middle is inked through 2012, which means he’ll likely finish his career as a Spur. Duncan celebrated by going off for 24 points and 13 boards in classic fashion. Tony Parker had 19 points, while Ginobili had 16 and 8 assists.
Halloween took the Spurs to Memphis where they faced off against the Grizzlies in a game that was frighteningly close. It took a Manu Ginobili basket with just 32 seconds left to get the victory. The Argentine finished with 30 points, nine of which came in the closing minutes, and added 7 assists. He also drew a charge late in the game to help preserve the victory. Duncan and Parker each had 17 points, and Duncan also nabbed nine rebounds. The game was tied at the half, and had numerous lead changes.
Finally, on Friday, San Antonio was back home, hosting the lowly Sacramento Kings. As close as the first two games were for San Antonio, this one was a laugher. The Spurs led by as much as 29 points, before cruising to a 96-80 victory. Some Spurs players who don’t normally find their way into the stat line, and some of the new blood on the team, got into the act. Ime Udoka drained 3 three pointers, and had a nice game with 14 points. Fabricio Oberto matched Duncan with 10 rebounds. Duncan and Parker each had 15 points. The Spurs defense was in top form, holding the helpless Kings to 19% shooting in the first half.
Three and Oh! It’s a great start for a team looking to defend its championship title, but the road gets tougher quickly. Up this week for the champs, Houston, Miami, and New Orleans. Houston and New Orleans are also out to a hot start, and should both be much improved over last season. Now that the Spurs have redecorated the arena, and are outfitted with some new eye candy for their fingers, it’s time to get on with the season, and keep the winning going!