Golden State or Denver. Stephen Curry or the deep but All-Starless Nuggets. No matter which team the Spurs ultimately wind up facing in the Western Conference semifinals, point guard Tony Parker is expecting something that’s not quite basketball. “It’s going to be track and field,” Parker said. “Whoever we play, it’s going to be a lot of running.” At least the Spurs will have time to rest up before the big race. They made quick work of the Los Angeles Lakers, rolling into the second round behind a four-game sweep in which the average margin of victory was 19 points. The reward is a prolonged break while awaiting the Warriors-Nuggets winner. With sixth-seeded Golden State surprisingly up 3-1, that series could end as early as Tuesday, in which case the Spurs would be back on the floor by the weekend. No matter who emerges as their next foe, the Spurs are expecting a fast-paced, guard-oriented series that represents a complete departure from the hand-to-hand combat they just experienced against Dwight Howard and the Lakers. “It’s going to be more guards,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. “Denver is a very fast-paced team, up and down, push it hard. Golden State has great 3-point shooters and one-on-one players coming off picks.” With synapse-quick point guard Ty Lawson as the engine, the Nuggets led the NBA in scoring during the regular season at 106.1 points per game. Led by the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Curry — who is rapidly blossoming into one of the most feared scorers in the game — the Warriors led the league in 3-point accuracy during the regular season (40.3 percent). Through the first four games against Denver, Golden State has increased that to 44.1 percent while averaging 112.8 points.
Spurs resting up for second-round rat race
San Antonio Express-News | Apr 30