I'm sure the San Antonio Spurs remember their excruciatingly close Game 6 loss to the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals, but it must be getting hard for them to remember their last regular-season loss.
Maybe it was that tough loss to the Heat that has fueled the Spurs this season. It would have to be something big, because they are absolutely on fire right now:
The @Spurs have now won 17 straight, tying its franchise record set back during the 1995-96 season— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) March 30, 2014
During their 17-game win streak, the Spurs have nine players (yes, nine) averaging between 8.2 and 14.6 points. They also have eight players averaging at least two assists. Talk about balance.
The team effort has led to statistical dominance for the Spurs since the streak started on Feb. 26:
San Antonio will have a chance to top the franchise record on Monday against the Indiana Pacers:
With a 16-pt win over the Pelicans tonight, the Spurs are coming to Indy riding a 17-game win streak. Face the Pacers Monday night.— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) March 30, 2014
Regardless of how long the streak ultimately lasts, it's tough to argue against the Spurs having a great shot at avenging their tough Finals loss from last year.
No one is playing better team basketball over the last couple months, and as the cliche goes, it's important to peak at the right time.
If they carry this momentum and continue to play like this in the playoffs, it's tough to imagine anyone beating them in a seven-game series.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.