So far it has, though Parker, Duncan and Ginobili are the core around which everything else is built. That doesn't mean they don't get screamed at, too, because Popovich is an equal opportunity screamer.
He couldn't even remember telling his team to get nasty in Game 1. Shortly after, though, Duncan took a charge, the guards began getting stops, and the Spurs were suddenly in control.
Going into Thursday night's game in Oklahoma, the Spurs are streaking toward history. They've got a chance to run the table, something even some of the great Lakers or Bulls teams were never able to do.
They're playing big boy basketball when it matters most.
Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http:/twitter.com/timdahlberg
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