NBA Fan’s Delight: OKC vs. San Antonio

Tim Duncan and the Spurs have to get through the Thunder to get to the NBA Finals.

If you are an NBA basketball fan, you say your prayers hoping for series like this one to occur. The clear cut, hands down, two best teams in the Western Conference, and perhaps the NBA, will be squaring off for a trip to the Finals. You could not write a better script.

The story-lines are amazing. You have the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs were the number one seed going into the playoffs and somehow did it completely under the radar. They were supposed to be past their prime. They were supposed to be too old for the condensed schedule. Tim Duncan was suppose to be done. The Spurs should have been an afterthought this season and now they are on everyone’s minds.

They quietly and thoroughly dismantled the L.A. Clippers. If you went in the kitchen for a snack, you missed that series. Better yet, if you blinked, you missed that series. No amount of LOB City highlights could stop the machine that is the San Antonio Spurs. They are by far the most fundamentally sound team in the NBA, and have been so over the last 15 years. They are not the defensive juggernaut they once were, but they are still solid. Their offense is now their bread and butter. They kill teams with execution and Gregg Popovich, the NBA Coach of the Year, meticulously prepares to put his team in the right spots. Tony Parker could have easily been the league’s MVP and he has shown everyone that his name still must be brought up, when debating the league’s best floor generals.

Gregg Popovich, the NBA’s Coach of the Year, will look to lead his team past the Thunder.

The Spurs have won 18 games in a row and 29 of their last 31. I guess its true when they say you’re never too old.

The Thunder’s Big 3 will have to take down the Spurs for their first trip to the NBA Finals.

If there is any team in the league that can throw off the Spurs plans of a championship, it’s the Oklahoma City Thunder. They contrast beautifully with the Spurs. They thrive on their athleticism and attack you with scorer after scorer. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden come together to form the highest scoring trio in the league.

I’ve argued this a number of times and will continue to do so…Kevin Durant is the BEST player in the NBA today. Durant can score at will, which is evident considering his scoring title. He can do everything at a high level; scoring, passing, rebounding. His game mixed with his enormous height and wingspan make him a matchup nightmare for any team and the Spurs have no one who can guard him one on one.

Their floor general, Westbrook, is really more of a shooting guard by nature. However, his tenacity and fearlessness make him a star no matter what position he is playing. Westbrook vs. Tony Parker could be the key match-up in this series. Both players can score the ball when needed and their production could tilt this series either way.

The Spurs’ Big 3 will look to prove their not done yet.

I like to coin myself as a moderate basketball purist. I want a traditional style game but I also see the need for more modern advancements and to a degree, I embrace them. If you fall under this category with me, you have to love this series. These are two teams who did it the way it should be done. They drafted and developed teams and systems that have won multiple titles (Spurs) and that will win multiple titles (Thunder). They have enormous, passionate, and intense fan bases without being in major markets. They didn’t go out and pay humongous amounts of cash, at the expense of the rest of their team, to build a “big 3”. They developed theirs (Spurs: Duncan, Parker, Manu Ginobili OKC: Durant, Westbrook, Harden).

Scott Brooks will look to navigate his team through the Western Conference Finals after losing in that round a year ago.

If you love good basketball, you got yourself an amazing treat in this series. I typically end articles such as this with a prediction. However, I need more time to analyze this series. It’s not that I need to watch film or breakdown stats. I just want to enjoy dissecting these two great teams just a little bit longer.

One Response to NBA Fan’s Delight: OKC vs. San Antonio

  1. Chris Ross says:

    Very solid article. It’s amazing what a difference 1 year will make. Last year the Dallas Mavericks took advantage of the inexperienced OKC and now the Thunder just trounced both them and the Lakers. Although they did it in only 9 games I guess you could say that both series could have been a lot closer but the Thunder’s growth over the past year is still unbelievable. They have made themselves into one of the very best teams in the NBA and it’s going to be a real interesting series with San Antonio. Youth vs. Experience. The ultimate matchup. Also, you think you could take a gander over at my blog post because I would absolutely love to hear what you have to say http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/cant-build-around-bynum/

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