The San Antonio Spurs continue to truck along in the shadow of the Golden State Warriors, although the Spurs really shouldn’t be in the shadow, because they’ve been just as dominant as the defending champions.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were the latest poor souls in the path of San Antonio’s march of destruction, as they beat the young Wolves 108-83 on Wednesday night. Kawhi Leonard led six Spurs in double figures with 19 points, and the game featured this stirring highlight (h/t FOX Sports):
San Antonio now has a point differential of +408 over the first 30 games of the season. That’s, uh, kind of good:
.@spurs have a +408 points differential through 30 games.
2nd-largest points diff through 30 games in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/hqof4Z7ahR
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 24, 2015
Meanwhile, the Spurs are now giving up just 92.9 points per 100 possessions, which is BY FAR the best mark in the league, per NBA.com. In fact, the next closest team is the Boston Celtics, who have a defensive rating of 97.9. The difference between top-ranked San Antonio and second-ranked Celtics is MORE than the difference between Boston and the 16th-ranked New York Knicks.
As unbelievable as the Warriors are, the Spurs are right there as well. It’s crazy just how much better those two teams are than everybody else right now, although the Oklahoma City Thunder are coming up fast.