SAN ANTONTIO SPURS (#2) vs. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (#6)
The San Antonio Spurs are heavily favored going into the matchup with the Golden State Warriors, but don’t tell the fans in Oakland that. The Spurs dismantled the Lakers in a four-game sweep to get to the Western Conference semi-finals, while the #6 seed Warriors were able to dismiss the Denver Nuggets in six games. Golden State has a couple of sharpshooters in Stephen Curry and Klay
Thompson that the Spurs will need to shut down if they’ll want to continue on towards a 5th NBA title. Big man David Lee will not play so they’ll need to find someone else who can stop the inside presence of San Antonio’s future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan. Get ready for some high-paced basketball in this Western Conference showdown.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS INFORMATION:
Stadium: AT&T Center
City: San Antonio, Texas
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Southwest Division
Rivals: Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks
Owners: Peter Holt
Coach: Gregg Popovich
Mascot: The Coyote
Dancers: Silver Dancers
Notable Players: David Robinson, Sean Elliott, Avery Johnson, George Gervin
San Antonio Spurs Championship Titles: 4 (last title in 2007)
San Antonio Spurs Conference Titles: 4 (last title in 2007)
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SAN ANTONIO SPURS:
Before joining the National Basketball Association, the San Antonio Spurs were members of the American Basketball Association prior to the merger of the leagues. Between 1967 and 1973, they were also known as the Dallas Chaparrals and for a short period of time between 1970 and 1971, the team was referred to as the Texas Chaparrals. It wasn't until 1973 that the franchise took on its current name and began calling San Antonio its home.
San Antonio officially debuted in the National Basketball Association in 1973. Although they don't have a legacy as long as many other teams in the league, the Spurs have evolved into one of the most successful franchises in the NBA. Within the first seven years of their existence, the Spurs won five division titles, making them a considerable threat in the Western Conference. However, it would be years before the team won its first Championship title, which occurred right before the turn of the century in 1999.
The 1980s proved to be a tough time for the Spurs as they entered a reconstruction period and attempted to add depth their roster. However, their patience paid off by the late 90s when the team secured its first NBA title, beating the New York Knicks to win the championship. The new millennium brought new faces to the Spurs, and it also brought a winning streak. The team earned a playoff berth every year between 2000 and 2011, making them a force to be dealt with in the Western Conference. The Spurs continued to prove their worth by winning three championship titles at the beginning of the 21st century in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
San Antonio continues to remain one of the most notable franchises in the NBA and its legacy is bound to grow in the future. With an eclectic roster of talented players and a viable number of skills seen on the court, they undoubtedly will be regarded as one of the most formidable opponents in the NBA.