Stop if you’ve heard this before; the San Antonio Spurs are playing in the Western Conference Finals for a chance to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.
The Spurs got here by sweeping the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers and winning in six games in the semi-final round against the Golden State Warriors.
Next up for the Spurs is the Memphis Grizzlies. This will be a very physical, grind-it-out series. If you are looking for a pretty basketball series, look elsewhere, because this won’t be anywhere near pretty.
San Antonio will look to win its fifth NBA championship in the Tim Duncan era, with the last title in San Antonio coming in 2007 when they swept LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For Duncan, he will look to further cement his Hall of Fame legacy. He has been the focal point of this franchise since the early 2000s and played a pivotal role in the Spurs first championship with him on the roster in 1999. He is arguably the best power forward the game of basketball has ever seen and is hungry for ring number five.
Duncan will have help from his fellow big three members in Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Parker has led the Spurs in scoring this post season with 22.4 points per game. Ginobili has proven he’s still a key contributor, but at times he looks lost, going from making a bad play to hitting a game-winning three pointer.
Kawai Leonard will look to play a big role as he has all season long for the Spurs. Head Coach Greg Popovich said he is the future of the franchise and that has shown in the playoffs. He will be a match up problem for Memphis, and will provide athleticism and excitement.
Speaking of Popovich, he’s looking to obtain ring number five as well. He has been one of the league’s best coaches since taking over the helm in San Antonio, but has said during the course of this season that when Duncan retires, he will too.
This series has a chance of going the distance with the way these two teams play. The Spurs are 4-1 at home and 4-1 on the road in the playoffs, while the Grizzlies are 5-0 at home, but just 3-3 on the road. The two teams split the regular season series 2-2, with the home team winning each time. If that is any indication of what’s to come, sit back and enjoy the Western Conference Finals.
Prediction: Spurs in 7