The Spurs rolled into the All-Star break with a 46-10 record which was the best in the NBA. They are six games ahead of the Mavericks in the Southwest Division and the Mavericks have the second best record in the Western Conference. The Spurs will look to continue to limit the minutes that Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have to play in the second half as it worked well in the first half. Plus by lessening the workload during the regular season, it will keep the veterans fresh for the playoffs.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: 26-year old undrafted guard Gary Neal out of Towson State not only made the Spurs’ roster, but he has excelled off the bench. Neal has played in 56 games (0 starts) for the Sprus so far this year and he is averaging 19.7 minutes, 8.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. He is shooting an outstanding 41% from three point range so far this year. Neal was just the latest find for the Spurs and they hope he will finish the season strongly.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: The only disappointment I could come up with in the first half is the injury to first round pick James Anderson. The 21-year old SG/SF James Anderson has played in only 9 games (0 starts) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 13.0 minutes, 5.2 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. The Spurs expect to get Anderson back soon and he will give them a boost off the bench.