Spurs Clinch Top Seed In West

Now healthy, San Antonio continues to shock the NBA world.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

The Spurs have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for the second straight year. To everyone’s surprise this team of few mega stars and much age has conquered the regular season out West once again.

The real question is whether they can avoid another embarrassing first round exit like last year.

"It's great to be in that situation, but as we showed last year, someone can sneak up and take you out easily," Duncan said. "Hopefully we get a much better effort this year and do a much better job this year, and we stay away from those injuries."

San Antonio beat up on the Trail Blazers 124-89 Monday night to solidify their No. 1 standing. The Spurs were lead by Tim Duncan who went for 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. He was helped by Daniel Green (18 points), Tony Parker (13 points and 6 assists), and Stephen Jackson (12 points).

This is a San Antonio team that has found a way to win all year long. They won with Manu Ginobli injured. They won with Parker out. And now they’re stronger than ever with all three healthy and ready to make a deep charge into the playoffs.

The Trail Blazers had no answer to the San Antonio defense going 38.5% from the field on 37-96 shooting. Honestly, Portland was simply out-manned. The skill level and ability to play as a team between these two teams is evident. Portland was lead by Wesley Matthews offensively as he went for 24 points, but these were meaningless points that had no impact on the outcome of the game.

This game was over by half time as the Spurs were up 63-41. If San Antonio can continue to play this well in the playoffs they will be a force; but lets watch them get past the first round before we start getting too excited about another ring in S.A. town.