From AP REPORTS
CLEVELAND (AP) - As far as Spurs forward Michael Finley is concerned, the last great dynasty had its run on TV. With San Antonio one win away from its fourth NBA title since 1999 and its third championship in five years, Finley was asked what he thought of when he heard the word "dynasty."
"Blake Carrington," Finley quipped.
Finley was referring to the central character on "Dynasty," the popular 1980s drama series — one that drew sky-high ratings ABC can only wish it get with this year's mostly unwatchable NBA finals.
Leading the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, the Spurs can move themselves into rarified air with a win in Game 4 on Thursday night.
Not only can San Antonio become the eighth team to sweep a finals, but another title would place the Spurs with the Boston Celtics (16), Los Angeles Lakers (14) and Chicago Bulls (6) as the only franchises to win four.
Their remarkable consistency in this age of free agency had talk of a dynasty being kicked around the court inside Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday as the Spurs practiced for perhaps the final time this season. "They have a dynasty already at work," LeBron James said. "They don't have the greatest athletes in the world, they don't have the greatest shooters in the world, but they probably have the greatest team in the world.
"And that's what this sport is all about. It's not about an individual. It's not like tennis. It's not like golf. You have to have one unit." One of the series' other main figures didn't want in on the dynasty discussion.
"That's all psycho babble," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, using one of his favorite expressions to downplay the notion. "When I think of dynasties, two come to my mind real quick — UCLA and Bill Russell. Everything else is just talk." Let's talk about the Spurs' run for a second.
Beginning with their 1999 title, they've qualified for the playoffs every season — no given out West — made it to the semifinals eight times and advanced to the conference finals on five occasions.
They are 3-0 in the NBA finals, and unless the cold-shooting Cavaliers begin knocking down jumpers and become the first team in history to overcome an 0-3 deficit, the Spurs will be a perfect 4-for-4 in the finals.
Los Angeles' three straight championships from 2000-02 are sandwiched by the Spurs, who also won it all in 2005.
"They've become the class of this league, there's no question about it," said Utah guard Derek Fisher, whose Jazz team lost to the Spurs in the Western Conference finals.
Fisher was a key member on those Lakers teams led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, and although it's tough for him to admit it, Fisher feels what the Spurs have accomplished has eclipsed what he and his teammates did.
"I hate to say it," Fisher began, "but they're probably surpassing us, to be honest. We had that great four-to-five-year period, but you have to kind of look at the Bulls and the Celtics and the Lakers teams of the 80s that dominated an entire period.”