Basketball is a game of matchups, and with playoff basketball right around the corner, the right matchup will make or break a team’s destiny.
If anyone knows this, it’s Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
Popovich’s tactical style of coaching is in many ways a key reason they've been so successful over the years. Humility over highlights, team success over individual stats, hustle over looking cool—all are maxims likely held dear by Popovich and his veteran Spurs.
Popovich's squad can certainly take comfort in their skillful execution and focus, but they are undoubtedly not ignorant to what will ultimately make or break their success.
While they have numerous strengths, they have plenty of weaknesses as well. Despite a deadly one-two punch with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, brilliant role players and solid coaching, they are a team whose age might prove a factor.
They are a team that needs to maximize its experience, good shooting and star players if they are to handle some of the league’s elite. While they are certainly capable of winning a championship, it won’t happen unless they find themselves on an ideal path to their ultimate goal.
So that begs the question: What would be the ideal path for San Antonio?
Well, let’s take a look and chart the course the Spurs would need to have the best chance of winning it all this postseason.