Originally posted by dobo:
Some people are going to overinterpret this game. Spurs fans will say, "they really showed toughness and heart fighting back and stealing this game from a young team with a very good, underrated frontcourt." Lakers/Mavs/Hornets fans will say, "see the Spurs aren't elite, they almost lost to the freaking Timberwolves! They let Darko put up sick numbers!"
I'll just say this was the worst, most unenjoyable basketball game I've seen in a long, LONG time. It doesn't make me optimistic or pessimistic. It didn't tell me anything about the Spurs. I hate this expression, but it is what it is.
The Spurs are definitely an elite team. Their biggest question mark is whether they are all healthy and not tired come playoff time. With their age they really need to pace themselves, but don't really have that luxury without losing some ground in the west. This hot start is very important for them to be able to relax and rest a bit later on.
As for the T-Wolves, they have a competitive team and no game in the NBA is a gimme. I've seen the Lakers lose to some terrible teams when they should have blown the team out of the water over the years and there's no question whether they are an elite team. Almost losing to the Wolves does not mean the Spurs aren't elite. Clearly the way they are playing shows they are one of the best in the league.
Can they beat the Lakers in a 7 game series is another story.