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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Why the Spurs will win the 2013 NBA Finals

Many sports analysts like those in Yahoo Sports picked Miami to win this championship series in 6 or 7 games. And I am also sure that many of my friends pick Miami especially because they have Lebron James on their side. Well, I beg to disagree with them. I think the San Antonio Spurs will win this year and here's why:

  1. The Spurs perform best during the Finals. When the Spurs reach the finals, they end up champions as their finals trip record suggests. The team somehow rises up to the challenge even more when in the Finals.
  2. The Spurs is not just about Duncan, Ginobili and Parker. The difference between last year and this year is that the Spurs' youngsters have successfully integrated in the system. Guys like Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter have also made important contributions in defense, scoring or making threes. 
  3. Spurs players are healthy this time unlike in previous playoffs where a key player is playing injured. Duncan is turning the hands of time and is playing like the vintage Duncan we know.
  4. Spurs are not just a defensive team anymore. They have evolved to become a faster, more offensive-minded team with each player capable of hitting shots. They work the ball around quite well and they have good passing skills. Despite this, they have managed to remain a good defensive team especially which they have accomplished with the help of their younger teammates making this edition of the team more athletic perfect for a team like Miami. Remember how the Spurs adjusted their defense to both the Warriors and Memphis?
  5. The Spurs are motivated. This year is the best chance for the Spurs trio of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili to have a title together. Parker has promised Duncan to deliver him another Finals and I am sure his other teammates have the same intention.
  6. If Miami has James, the Spurs have Parker which has proven to be difficult to stop. Ask defensive specialist Tony Allen. Maybe Miami will decide to have James on Parker but I'm sure the Spurs know how to counteract this.
  7. Duncan will be a headache just like Hibbert was both offensively and defensively. And remember, Duncan has more experience than Hibbert and he has an equally big backup in Splitter. Miami will have to do well in rebounding.
  8. Wade is not the same Wade of the previous years. Injuries have slowed him down. The explosiveness is not there. When before, Wade drives the hoop then say dunk you very much, now you see Wade just throwing lay-ups. That is why you hear during the Pacers series that Miami resembles Lebrons' Cavaliers. Those Cavs who reached the Finals against the Spurs got swept.
  9. Popovich is the best active coach in the game. His schemes against Curry and Zach Randolph for example were very brilliant.
  10. The Spurs have learned their lesson from last year and will try to avoid a repeat of last years' disappointing results in the playoffs.
So I am sure many of you will react to this. You may write your comments below. I respect your opinion. But this is just my humble analysis as an NBA fan. I cannot predict how many games it will go except that the Spurs will win. Go Spurs!

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