Every morning I get up and I read through as many blogs and news sites as I can until I read something that catches my eyes. Something interesting, big, or just flat out shocking to say the least.
Today, I couldn't believe how badly the Spurs were being underestimated. I was on Fox Sports and read a article entitled, "Here’s why the San Antonio Spurs aren’t really NBA title contenders," by Andrew Lynch.
In the article he made some really good points that you just can't refute. So, when you get a chance you should really take some time out to read the article. However, though he makes some really good points, I fundamentally disagree--not with his points, but just with the idea that the Spurs can't win the Finals if they get there. Mind you, if you read my blogs daily you'd know that I am not a Spurs fan. With that on notice, I still respect the Spurs and I don't ever count them out. Ever!
Regular Season Hype
If you're not a Warriors fan, but you're smart, you respect what the Warriors organization has going on over there. They're on track to win at least two championships over the next four years. That's my personal expectation, and anything more would just be extra icing on a cake that's baked and mixed with ingredients to perfection.
What they have is special and doesn't come around often. At least in the prior eras of basketball...
Now the Spurs on the other hand, they've built what they've built over time and has become an organization that other organizations want to duplicate around the league. The Spurs have built an organization of consistency.
In addition, you're rarely going to get a headline out of the Spurs. As a result, people really don't know what to think. And, when people don't know what to think, they'll just shove any information in their heads to create a label of thought of what something or someone means to them because a label makes people comfortable.
So, let's call a spade a spade. The Warriors are a regular season hype that has a lot of expectation to live up to, and they better. However, the Spurs are a well oiled machine, and if you don't respect them bad things can happen when you get on the court with the Spurs.
The Spurs organization has 5 total rings and they've done it all in recent time. In all of the 5 rings that they have, none have been achieved by defending their title--going back to back.
The last time the Spurs won a championship was in 2014. Obviously, they're not the defending champs this year. So, to me, that means if the Spurs get to the Finals this season, they have the best chance at winning the whole thing.
Look, we're 99% sure who's coming out of the East. We've gone as far as publicly agreeing that they're the cake walk East for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That's practically a done deal. At this point, all the Cavs have to do is play the games. No one reasonably expects them to lose, and if they do, oh goodness...I don't know what to say, but I'm sure they'll never hear the end of it from everybody else.
The West on the other hand, different story, especially with the injury that has Kevin Durant on the injury reserve roster until he can get back to being healthy--as close to 100% as physically possible at this point in the season.
Now, this is a big if, but if the Spurs can beat the Warriors in a WCFs showdown, they'll beat the cake walk Cavs. Two reasons why:
1. They're Lebron's kryptonite
The Spurs play Lebron James the same defensively every time they play against him. Yes, they do make some minor adjustments because of the personnel they have available on the floor, but it's more of a personnel adjustment than it is a strategy adjustment.
In other words, they make James play outside his comfort zone and he doesn't like playing that way. He just doesn't, and that usually throws him off sending him to the bench to bite his fingernails and wait for the game to just be over already.
2. They're a 50/50 chance
Let's clear the air a little. The Spurs have won 83% of their appearances in the NBA Finals. They've only gotten to the NBA Finals with a back to back appearance, once. So that means if they get to the Finals they have a better than 50/50 chance at winning it all. But hey, just to be fair we'll call it a 50/50 chance even though LBJ has only won 42% of his Finals appearances. The only reason you gotta push the odds to 50/50 is because James has won back to back championships and the Spurs haven't. James won it back to back by the skin of his teeth, but hey, nonetheless he won.
To me, historically speaking, if the Spurs get to the Finals they'll win. It's really all about getting past the Golden State Warriors. If they can find a way to exploit that team they'll get over the biggest hill in basketball and face-off to beat a team they'll definitely have no problem beating. I see them winning the series in 6 games.
If you haven't already, go watch the video at the top of this blog...my, my, my, how quickly we forget!