- Neil Paine
Since the San Antonio Spurs were unceremoniously bounced from last season's playoffs with four straight losses to the Oklahoma City Thunder, you might be excused for forgetting the roll they were on immediately before their collapse. Here's a refresher: the 2011-12 Spurs went into the postseason on a 10-game winning streak, having won in 21 of their previous 23 outings, and tacked on 10 more wins in a row to start the playoffs.
The Thunder certainly interrupted that sequence, but by starting the 2012-13 season with a 6-1 record, San Antonio is in the midst of an impressive run of regular-season victories. Going back to last season, the Spurs have won 16 of their last 17 regular-season games, a 17-game stretch that has been bettered by just 14 teams in the entire history of the NBA (the most recent of which were the 2008-09 Celtics, which ultimately won 19 games in a row between mid-November and Christmas of 2008).
But the Spurs are like the basketball equivalent to Rodney Dangerfield. They get little acknowledgement of their success from the vast majority of fans. C'mon people, where's the respect?
4dEthan Sherwood Strauss
5dMatt Walks, ESPN.com