By Kareem Gantt on May 5, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs had a tough time beating their in-state rival, the Dallas Mavericks, in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. But as the upstart Portland Trail Blazers stroll into the Alamo City for Game 1 of their second-round series, the Spurs should have an easier time putting the Blazers out of the playoffs. Here are five reasons why.
Ginobili showed the world that he still had plenty of game left in the tank, and the guard should not have any problems getting open for three-pointers and snaking his way into the lane against the Blazers' weak second unit.
Patty Mills is one of those reserve players who would easily be a starter on another team. Mills should continue his ascent into being one of the top reserves in the league against a leaky Blazers defense.
LaMarcus Aldridge came into his own against the Houston Rockets, dominating Dwight Howard and the Rockets' frontcourt. But now he will be facing off against Tim Duncan, who has four chest drawers worth of playoff experience under his belt. Look for Duncan to use his array of offensive moves to wear out Aldridge.
Make no mistake, Damian Lillard is one of the best point guards in the league. But so is Tony Parker, and the more experienced Parker should have no problems dominating his match-up against Lillard.
The At&T Center has not been kind to the Blazers in recent years, so look for the Spurs to use that advantage to make quick work of Portland and move on to the Western Conference Finals.
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