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Midseason Report Cards
San Antonio
Stats Through Jan. 20
W-L 32-9
PCT .780
DIV 7-2
CONF 20-7
HOME 17-6
ROAD 15-3
In Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard, Spurs have the old and the young, the earthbound and the athletic, covered. But the injury to Tiago Splitter will test the middle.
Tony Parker might be a bit weary after long playoff run and summer playing for Team France and Danny Green's out with a broken finger.
When Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard are healthy and together, they can shut down the inside games of opponents. They're all about defending.
Manu Ginobili is healthy and returned to form as all-around pest and threat. Marco Belinelli's shooting has been a welcome addition. Cory Joseph and Patty Mills have been solid.
Gregg Popovich is breaking in virtually a brand new cast of assistant coaches and not missing a beat. He's the yardstick by which to measure NBA coaches.

As usual, the question coming into the season was whether the aging core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili could muster the energy and stamina for another run at the best record in the Western Conference and return bid for a fifth championship. There have been signs of fatigue showing up on Parker after a long summer toiling with the French national team in EuroBasket Championship, but Duncan and Ginobili look like they've turned back the calendar.

The Spurs have been solid and consistent most nights, yet the nagging question is whether the old vets can keep pace with so many young legs for a deep playoff run. After all, San Antonio is just 3-7 against the other teams ranked in the top six seeds in the West and at times it seems the Spurs are simply unable to keep pace when it becomes a battle of athleticism. Consistency and poise will keep them in the hunt for No. 1 in the conference, but the defense will have to ratchet up another notch against the elites to prove they're still made of championship stuff.

-- Fran Blinebury

2013-14 Team Rating
Offense Defense
108.2 99.2
3rd Overall 4th Overall