Timothy from “48 minutes of hell” is a “Spurs aficionado” and contacted me for a Q & A session before tonight’s game at San Antonio.
You will read my answers to his Sixers questions here (he was kind enough to put them into english, so that the reading should be less painful than usual…), while what follow are his answers to my questions about the Spurs.
Let’s elevate our usually low standards and talk about a title team, once in a year…:
S4G: After a slow start, Spurs seem to have found their rythm and put up a nice streak of Ws, even if many of them came vs mediocre teams. Do you see them as a contender this year or you think Lakers are still a step ahead? (as much as I hate the Lakers, I would pick #2…)
48 MOH: This is the question on the mind of most of the Spurs faithful. Based on how teams are currently playing, it’s clear that the Celtics, Cavs, Magic, and Lakers are the class of the league. Honestly, I think Cleveland is the most dangerous team. I’m afraid that February will see two unpleasant developments: 1) LeBron James taking his game to an even more dominant level and 2) the Cavs moving the expiring contract of Wally Szczerbiak for an impact player. If that happens, I’m not confident anyone in the league can beat them.
I see the Spurs in the next class of teams, which would also include New Orleans. What distinguishes this class? I’d give SA and NO a fighting chance. while still playing the underdog, against those teams in the first class, even odds against one another, and favored against the rest of the league. So far this season, the Spurs and Hornets have been inconsistent and appear a player or so removed from the elite class of teams.