The San Antonio Spurs have been waiting a while for their semifinal match-up in the NBA Playoffs, and when they meet the Golden State Warriors Monday night they will have had a full week off. The Spurs swept the Los Angeles Lakers into their long-awaited offseason and the Warriors upset the Denver Nuggets, closing them out in six games.
Tim Duncan has shown once again how to dominate the paint and his improvement in shooting free throws has made him even more dangerous. There’s really nobody that matches well against Duncan, and the Warriors will surely find themselves struggling to contain him. David Lee suited up and gave it a go in game six against the Nuggets, but only played about one minute. He provided motivation for his team and who knows if he’ll get substantial, if any, minutes against the Spurs. Andrew Bogut will do his best, but in the end Duncan will most likely have his way.
The Warriors are a young team and Stephen Curry will do his best to replicate the impressive shooting display he put on in the first round. Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Jarrett Jack will all try and shoot the ball as well as they did against the Nuggets. However, the Spurs’ defense is way more solid than the Nuggets’ and there’s no way the Warriors will shoot as high of a percentage in this round.
The Spurs also have Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili who penetrate and shoot the ball consistently well. Curry is good, but Parker and Ginobili are better. The Spurs seem to have the advantage in pretty much every position and it doesn’t change with the coaching position.
Mark Jackson beat out a good coach in George Karl, but Gregg Popovich won’t fold as easily. The Spurs may be aging, but they’ve proven this season they aren’t too old to show the youngsters how to play the game. The Warriors may win game three, the first game in Oakland, but I can’t see them winning more than that. The Spurs win in five and move on to play in the Western Conference Finals.