Saturday, March 1, 2008

San Antonio Spurs: Looking Into The Crystal Ball

As much as I hate the San Antonio Spurs, every year they rise to the top of the Western Conference.    This year this team is the oldest team in the National Basketball Association, yet they seem to still be getting better.  One thing I noticed about the Spurs is that when they where playing the Mavericks, just a few days ago, they didn't complain much the entire game.  They are a very mature team and that is easy to see.  

The Spurs have two veteran guards in Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli, ;Ginobli must be have taken it personal that he wasn't named to this year's Western Conference All-Star team because he is having one of the best seasons of his career averaging a career high 20.5 points per game.  The SA Spurs also have a very consistent power forward/center in Tim Duncan, and a stifling defender in Bruce Bowen.  Bowen must either talk about lots of guys' mamas or just play really good defense, because he seems to piss off everyone he ever guards; I tend to think it's the later of those two.  Any player that comes to the Spurs seems to fit in to their championship equation: Robert Horry, Michael Finley, even Damon Stoudemire - the list goes on.  With their recent trade for Kurt Thomas, the San Antonio Spurs should be able to pick long-time veteran Brent Barry on March 21, just one more vital piece to their NBA Championship puzzle.

Outlook & Predictions: At the beginning of every season, along with fellow Spur haters, I argue that the team is getting too old and they will be beaten by a younger, up and rising Western Conference team.  The sad truth of it is, is that this team is complete, from top to bottom.  I think the Spurs finish the regular season finish the season 59-23 as the West's #1 Seed on their way to yet another trip to the NBA Finals.

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