Western Conference Finals Notes

Western Conference Finals

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The Spurs are overall 26-32 in the Conference Finals … are 23-28 in the Western Conference Finals … are 3-4 in the Eastern Conference Finals … are 19-16 in the Western Conference Finals in the Duncan Era.

PLAYOFF LONGEVITY: With a 92-91 victory vs. the Dallas Mavericks on March 14, the Spurs clinched a playoff berth for the 16th consecutive season, which is the longest active streak in the NBA. The Silver and Black currently rank tied for sixth all-time in NBA history for consecutive playoff appearances. San Antonio was the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff spot for the third straight season. Here's a look at the longest active and all-time consecutive playoff streaks:

ACTIVE NBA PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

TEAM

YEARS

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS

NBA TITLES

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

1998-13

16

4

Denver Nuggets

2004-13

10

-

NBA ALL-TIME PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

TEAM

YEARS

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS

NBA TITLES

Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers

1950-1963/1964-1971

22

2 (1955, 67)

Portland Trailblazers

1983-2003

21

-

Utah Jazz

1984-2003

20

-

Boston Celtics

1951-1969

19

11 (1957, 59-66, 68-69)

Los Angeles Lakers

1977-1993

17

5 (1980, 82, 85, 87-88)

Minneapolis Lakers / Los Angeles Lakers

1959-1960/1961-1974

16

1 (1972)

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

1998-2013

16

4 (1999, 03, 05, 07)

ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

IN ALL FOUR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUES

PRO LEAGUE - TEAM

CONSECUTIVE SEASONS

NHL - Detroit Red Wings

22

NBA - SAN ANTONIO SPURS

16

NBA - Denver Nuggets

10

NFL - Baltimore Ravens

5

MLB - New York Yankees

4

PLAYER-COACH TANDEM: With a 102-91 win vs. L.A. Lakers on 4/24/13, Tim Duncan and Head Coach Gregg Popovich won their 119 playoff game, surpassing Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson for the most wins by a player-coach duo in NBA postseason history. Currently, Duncan and Coach Pop have won 124 games together. Here's a closer look at the most playoff wins by a player-coach tandem:

TEAM

PLAYER

COACH

GAMES WON

SPURS

TIM DUNCAN

GREGG POPOVICH

124

Lakers

Kobe Bryant

Phil Jackson

118

Lakers

Derek Fisher

Phil Jackson

112

PLAYOFF SUCCESS : The San Antonio Spurs franchise has a history of success in the playoffs. Since the move to the NBA in 1976, the Spurs have the fifth-best all-time winning percentage in NBA postseason history. Here's a look at the top five postseason winning percentages in NBA history:

TOP 5 ALL-TIME PLAYOFF WINNING PERCENTAGE

1. Los Angeles Lakers

.597 (440-297)

2. Boston Celtics

.576 (344-253)

3. Miami Heat

.556 (95-76)

4. Chicago Bulls

.551 (177-144)

5. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

.548 (177-146)

PLAYOFF SUCCESS IN THE TIM DUNCAN ERA : Since the Spurs selected Tim Duncan with the first overall selection in the 1997 NBA Draft, San Antonio has the highest winning percentage in the postseason over the last 16 years (1998-present). The Lakers currently have the most wins and have one more championship (5) than the Spurs (4) during that time frame. Here's a look at the top five records in the playoffs since '97 (minimum 50 games):

TEAM

RECORD

PERCENTAGE

1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

125-79

.613

2. Los Angeles Lakers

133-85

.610

3. Miami Heat

85-58

.594

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

43-32

.573

5. Detroit Pistons

75-63

.543

DUNCAN'S CONSISTENCY : Tim Duncan has been one of the most consistent playoff performers of all-time. He has notched 143 career postseason double-doubles, which ranks tied for second all-time and is one double-double away from surpassing Wilt Chamberlain for sole ownership of second on the all-time postseason list. Duncan has scored in double figures in 193 of 199 career playoff games and has also tallied 122 20-point performances, which ranks seventh all-time and second among active players behind Kobe Bryant (165). Here's a look at the NBA's all-time postseason double-doubles list:

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF DOUBLE-DOUBLES

PLAYER

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Magic Johnson

157

Wilt Chamberlain

143

TIM DUNCAN

143

Shaquille O'Neal

142

Bill Russell

137

PARKER IN THE PLAYOFFS: Tony Parker has become one of the premiere point guards in NBA history. He is the NBA's all-time postseason leader for points among point guards with 3,010 points. Here's a look at Parker's postseasons stats among active point guards:

TONY PARKER AMONG ACTIVE POINTS GUARDS IN THE POSTSEASON

POINTS

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE

ASSISTS

TONY PARKER - 3,084

Steve Nash - 47.3%

Jason Kidd - 1,258

Steve Nash - 2,075

TONY PARKER - 46.1%

Steve Nash - 1,061

Rajon Rondo - 1,336

Rajon Rondo - 44.5&

Rajon Rondo - 845

TONY PARKER - 833

Chauncey Billups - 828

OBI-WON GINOBILI: Manu Ginobili has enjoyed a successful career in the postseason. Ginobili is one of 12 players (Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Clyde Drexler, Julius Erving, Dennis Johnson, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Jason Kidd, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen and John Stockton) to record at least 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals for their postseason career.

COACH POP IN THE POSTSEASON : Gregg Popovich is not only one of the most successful coaches in the regular season, but also one of the best all-time in NBA playoff history. Popovich currently ranks third all-time with 125 playoff wins behind Phil Jackson and Pat Riley while having the most playoff wins with one team in NBA postseason history. He also has the most wins among active coaches. Here's a look at most playoff wins by a head coach:

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF WINS

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF WINS (ONE TEAM)

COACH

WINS

COACH

WINS

1. Phil Jackson

229

1. Gregg Popovich - San Antonio Spurs

125

2. Pat Riley

171

2. Phil Jackson - Los Angeles Lakers

118

3. Gregg Popovich

125

3. Phil Jackson - Chicago Bulls

111

4. Larry Brown

100

3. Pat Riley - Los Angeles Lakers

102

5. Red Auerbach

91

4. Red Auerbach - Boston Celtics

90