I just can’t imagine how the San Antonio Spurs made another stunning run at the game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against a perennial contender named Oklahoma City Thunder.
They won 19 straight, something that is quite not familiar to the team that had been relying on the key veterans. Maybe experience helped them winning it.
I have to admit, when these two teams about to squared up in the said stage, I have to pick the younger Thunder squad over Spurs. Hmmm…. maybe because they can outrun the defensive team and not to mention, Kevin Durant scored in various and even mysterious ways. How many times have he nailed a game winner despite the outstretched arms of his opponent? How athletic can he be when he gets banged up in the air and still throws it down? Wow.
Russel Westbrook’s another explosive finisher, but maybe when he missed his dunk at one point can humiliate him back. But we can’t blame him anyway.
Since early 2000s, the Spurs had an exceptional good chemistry between Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich. I can barely recall on their 2005 road to championship documentary how Pop trusts Tim so much and still relies on other stars, particularly on an underrated bench talent in Manu Ginobili. With the French lightning quick Tony Parker as T.D’s little main sidekick, the Spurs had been through thick and thin, was branded as one of the greatest trios in its franchise history.
The three mainstays scored 60 points – with the Argentinean superstar compiling 26 of it. And not to mention, guys like Gary Neal and a returning Spur Stephen Jackson stepped up.
But behind that game 1 win, many were think they are already doomed considering that OKC leads after 3 quarters, 72-61 and that 18 game winning streak will be putted into a halt. Just imaging winning the last 10 of the lockout shortened 66-games, and sweeping the first two rounds against the lowly Utah Jazz on the first round, and another hotshot Los Angeles Clippers. Well, considering LA there has a fat chance since you got Chris Paul, slamma jamma Blake Griffin and another clutch hero in Chauncey Billups. Well, sad to say the 3rd fella sent to sick bay.
A break on this losing skid may spell the first of the doom for the Spurs. but if things went better on their way to the Finals, consider this. San Antonio has a fat chance to bring home the bacon for the 5th time in 13 years. Remember, when they first won in 1999, the season suffered its very first lock-out issue, resulting into 50-game regular war and a shorted playoff series at its early round (plus, not to mention, slam dunk competition was also absent at the All-star festivities. Boo!).
Another factor, they have beaten a heavyweight shit out there in the 8th seeded New York Knicks, whom drove the top Miami out of the way via upset. Thanks to Allan Houston’s tough shot, and they’re another bottom ranked team to made it to the big dance. Ain’t that a hard run to do?
Well, let’s see in a few weeks if the Spurs will run like they’re still the best team at the NBA. And if they will win it all at the Finals, well, we’re witnessing a different type of dynasty.
AUTHOR: slick master
DATE AND TIME: May 29, 2012 10:46 AM
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