Tiago Splitter (Wikimedia Commons)
You could call them boring, but at the end of the day, the San Antonio Spurs are simply one of the most successful teams in the NBA, and possibly professional sports over the last decade.
Last night they got a complete team effort in a 102-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
The star three players of Tony Parker, Emmanuel Ginobili and Tim Duncan combined for 49 points, but in watching the Spurs last night, I did not realize how strong their supporting cast is.
Danny Green, Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter also scored in double digits. So where did the Spurs brass get this threesome from? Green off waivers from Cleveland in 2010, Neal, an American undrafted free agent who played in Spain, Italy and Turkey before starting his NBA career with the Spurs last season, and Splitter, a Brazilian who was the Spurs first round pick, 28th overall in 2007.
With the top three getting up in age, the Spurs will be a dangerous team in the playoffs if their role players continue to play key roles.