NBA Western Conference Finals: Spurs v Thunder

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There are several certainties when it comes to this powerhouse matchup in the West. These aren’t only the two most complete teams in the Western Conference, but in the entire league. There are stars all over the floor for both teams, and both squads are coming into this series firing on all cylinders. This matchup will be fascinating to watch, and if it doesn’t go at least six games, I’d be absolutely shocked.

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs (2) Oklahoma City Thunder

As far as predictions go, I’ve been thinking about this matchup ever since the Thunder had the Lakers down 3-1 in their series.Not even close. In my mind, one of two outcomes will happen. Either the series goes seven games and because the Spurs will be at home, and are the veteran team, they’ll have the advantage and win in seven. Or, the Thunder steal a game in San Antonio, defend their home court, and win the series in six at home before a daunting game seven can occur. 

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Who’s the NBA’s real big 3?

Spurs Big 3

My head continues to spin as I’ve been tossing and turning over who is the real big three of the NBA? There have been impostors like the Washington Wizards who had Antwan Jamison, Caron Butler and Gilbert Arenas. Now there’s others that have emerged Miami’s Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh. Don’t forget about the Boston Celtics Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. How about diving back into history with Magic JohnsonKareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy. Read more here…

Rock, Paper, Clippers

spurs400-timduncan20101201-306x329Congratulations, goes out to the Los Angeles Clippers for there most recent success of advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs. Unfortunately for this club, they ran into a franchise that is the juggernaut of the NBA. San Antonio took a while to get back, but now they are back in full force! With the dynamic nucleus of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginoboli they are looking like the team to beat once again. Don’t discredit the Clippers however, a franchise that was down in the dumps for some years now. It seems that their fortunes have changed starting from the inside out. Blake Griffin the Clippers 2009 first overall draft pick, has been everything that they could have asked for and he’s only getting better. This past season has been no different, averaging 20 ppg, 11 rpg, 4 apg and shooting 54% from the field has been dynamic. The real story has been the acqusition of Chris Paul, averaging 20 ppg, 4 rpg, 9 apg, and 3 spg. Paul has done everything to get his teammates and the young Blake involved. Paul is the undisputed leader of this team and has been huge down the stretch, especially in the playoffs which is uncharted territory for this young team. Read more here…

Tony Parker, Hall of Fame worthy?

Tony ParkerTony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs has three NBA championships, one NBA Finals MVP and four NBA All-Star appearances. All make for a decent shot at Springfield, Massachusetts immortality.

As one very new point guard in New York makes the headlines, another in the Alamo City keeps on running under the radar.

But, how much more can Tony Parker be ignored as a great player and awesome point guard? This past week he became the San Antonio Spurs’ all-time Assists leader, replacing spunky Avery Johnson at the top of the charts.

Also this week, he made his fourth All-Star team and represents the Western squad. He’ll be on the bench with Russell Westbrook, who is considered by many to be at the top of the list with Derrick Rose for best all-around athletic point guards in today’s NBA.

Both Westbrook and Parker are backing up Chris Paul in this year’s NBA All-Star game. Paul is considered as the best pure point guard by many of the inner circles of NBA critics.

Westbrook has been getting a lot of deserved attention over the last couple of seasons for his sensational quickness, athleticism on both ends and shooter’s touch. Rose is a ditto, but with a little more phenom than Westbrook. Paul is a maestro with pure assist-making and shot-making rolled into one body.

Jeremy Lin has set the sports world on fire this past week with his performances over the last 3 games, averaging more than 20 points while dishing assists and making big play after big play for the New York Knickerbockers.

Lin has the rare chance, like a Tim Tebow, to make a big impact because of what he brings to his sport outside of the skill needed to play. As an Asian-American, he has the chance to break down boundaries previously never broken before him. He is already a crowd favorite and media darling.

Before Westbrook, Rose and Lin, the cool, ‘in’ point guards among the critics had been Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams. Also, Baron Davis and Chauncey Billups had their reigns for some time.

For many years, the most familiar names to be called best point guards were Steve Nash and Jason Kidd. Both are locks for the Hall Of Fame. Their individual statistics are superior to any of the competition. Nash has two League MVP’s and Kidd is recognized for his overall longevity and championship with the Dallas Mavericks from last year.

The showman point guard position in the NBA is like the quarterback position in the NFL. They run the show, have to take the hits and get everybody else involved. They have to be crafty, heady and poised.

Parker is not in the top tier statistically all-time for point guards, but he is beginning to get there. The difference between him and the others is the multiple hardware to back it all up.

Parker has meant everything to the Spurs just as the other point guards have meant to their teams, but they don’t have the titles that Parker has. Of course, the others didn’t have Duncan and Ginobili in their primes either.

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