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Who’s Worse – The 2007 Spurs or The Pistons of the Late ’80’s?

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In the recent games, the San Antonio Spurs managed to change their strategy and are now taking cheap shots and veering away from their methodical and detailed plays. They seem to have lost their sense of confidence and dignity. Examples of cheap shots are:

1. Amare Stoudemire was kicked in the Achilles tendon by Bruce Bowen. For those who witnessed the game, it is obvious that the move was intentional and he was indeed kicked by Bowen.

2. Steve Nash was kicked in his nether regions, and again, by Bruce Bowen who claims he needed to clear out space. But who are we kidding? You clear out space with your hips and elbows, not with your knees. As a result, Steve Nash was in excruciating pain on the floor.

3. Robert Horry sending Steve Nash to the stands. Robert Horry is considered one to play with dramatic flair in big games but now has become a cheap shot with his antics. There was no excuse why he did that to Steve Nash. It was uncalled for and he should have gotten a suspension from the NBA and fined for what he did.

Now, can you say that the Spurs are worse than the infamous Detroit Pistons of the late 80's? With the toughest team composed of Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars and Bill Laimbeer, the Pistons played dirty every chance they get. They were successful in rattling the cages of great players in their time such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

Who's worse? For me it's definitely the Spurs. The Pistons knew they played tough and dirty and capitalized on that image with the other teams. They admit to it and who wouldn't agree when you have Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer. While the Spurs pretend they did not do anything wrong. Tim Duncan is a good example where he always seems surprised that he's been called out and acts as if he didn't do anything wrong. To add to that, him saying that the Spurs doesn't have even one dirty player in the team is ridiculous. The Pistons know they are in for a tough game day in and day out. While the Spurs think that their opponents should walk around egg shells while playing basketball with them when they themselves play dirty and throw cheap shots. There is something that is not right with that.

So, to answer the question of who's the worse team, it would be the 2007 Spurs since they are a dirty team but do not have the guts to admit it.

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