The San Antonio Spurs: old, aching and incapable of winning without Tim Duncan at 100 percent. This has become the norm of opinion from non-Spurs fans looking to write them off as contenders in the West.
Perhaps the Spurs' lack of media attention has helped stimulate this misunderstanding. Only two of 16 games on national television will do that to a team, especially when it's against teams like the Clippers. (I'm sure Spurs and Dallas Maverick fans alike are wondering how the Houston-Charlotte game was chosen for Friday night ESPN over the much-anticipated IH35 Rivalry game.)
Either way, Duncan's falling statistics and increasing nights of single-digit scoring have overshadowed the Spurs' early-season success to many outside of South Texas. However, if they saw how the Spurs as a whole are playing so far, they would understand why this is a good thing.
For all of those who haven't had a chance to see the Spurs play this year, here is an update as to why they can afford for Duncan's minutes and stats to fall and still remain true title contenders.