The planet did not tilt off its axis the day Spurs coach Gregg Popovich walked into the team's practice gym and announced post-ups to Tim Duncan would no longer be the centerpiece of his offense.

Frogs did not come raining from the sky over the Alamo City at the sound of such blasphemy. The San Antonio River did not run red with blood.

Mostly, because that lightning-bolt moment never happened. The Spurs' offensive shift from grind-it-out to get-up-and-go actually came at a glacier's pace, sans official proclamation.

"It was an evolution over the years," Duncan said. "It kind of slowly changed that way. That made it a little more easy to understand."

The results, at least four years in the making, speak for themselves.

Sunday against Oklahoma City, the Spurs will open the seventh Western Conference final of the Duncan-Popovich era. It is the first they arrived upon primarily by scoring a boatload of points.

With Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili pick-and-rolls replacing the methodical, dump-it-to-Duncan philosophy of earlier championship years, the Spurs averaged 103.7 points in the regular season.