May 29, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the second half in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 NBA playoffs at the AT

NBA Playoffs: Western Conference Finals Game Three Preview

Can the Spurs continue this dominating performance they’ve put together in the playoffs?  They’re sitting right now on a 10 game winning streak that was previously started by a 10 game winning streak. So if my math is correct, that’s twenty games in a row that the Spurs have won.  It’s one thing to do it in the regular season when teams might take a night off or whatever, but to have this perfect record in the playoffs is another thing.

The playoffs are where things are supposed to get tougher, but it feels like the Spurs haven’t broken a sweat.  Just for those who love stats, here are the best playoff records, which if this Spurs team continues they might be the first perfect team in the postseason.

Best playoff records in NBA history

YEAR TEAM RECORD PCT.
2001 Los Angeles Lakers 15-1 .938
1983 Philadelphia 76ers 12-1 .923
1999 San Antonio Spurs 15-2 .882
1989 Detroit Pistons 15-2 .882
1991 Chicago Bulls 15-2 .882
1971 Milwaukee Bucks 12-2 .857
1982 Los Angeles Lakers 12-2 .857
1996 Chicago Bulls 15-3 .833
1986 Boston Celtics 15-3 .833
1987 Los Angeles Lakers 15-3 .833
1950 Minneapolis Lakers 10-2 .833

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nba/01playoffs/best-playoff-record.htm

There’s never been a team to run the gauntlet and finish the playoffs with a 16-0 record, but I get the feeling that if things go right, San Antonio could do that. It’s hard telling what Oklahoma City can do to slow this down.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook might each have to score 40 points at this rate.  Serge Ibaka will need to block everything that comes his way.  James Harden needs to come off the bench and put up 30.

I know the Thunder can’t allow another 39 point fourth quarter, like they did in game one.  That won’t win you any game.  Game two didn’t get much better as they had to rally in the fourth quarter to even make the score look somewhat close.

The Spurs are just the better team right now, and like I’ve heard the better teams win.  So look for Spurs win #11 in the playoffs to come tonight.

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