NBA Playoffs Series Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail Blazers

NBA Playoffs Series Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail Blazers

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The San Antonio Spurs start their Western Conference Semi-Final playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow night, and to get my pick for the round then you will have to go to slide 5. The first four slides will break down the key match ups that should decide the series, and then we will make a prediction for you. Enjoy.

5. Power Forwards

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5. Power Forwards

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This one is going to be fun to watch. I know that Tim Duncan has been on limited minutes for most of the year, but this might be the series that he gets truly unleashed. The Spurs will need every ounce that the Big Fundamental can give, because he will be going up against the MVP (so far) of the playoffs in LaMarcus Aldridge.

4. Point Guards

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4. Point Guards

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"That was a great warm-up," said Tony Parker after an amazing game 7. "If I can call it a warm-up."

We will have to see if Parker can continue his momentum against the Blazers and Damian Lillard, who is coming off one of the best buzzer beaters in NBA playoff history. I'm going with Parker in this matchup, mainly because of Lillard's swiss cheese defense.

3. Bench Play

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3. Bench Play

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The edge again goes to the Spurs in this one. Until we see CJ McCollum light it up for the Blazers, then we have to give the edge to Manu Ginobli and company. There has been no better bench in the league than the Spurs.

2. Coaching

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2. Coaching

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You know who the edge is going to here. Gregg Popovich is the best coach in the league, and his abilities were pushed to the limit in the last round against the ever brilliant Rick Carlisle. Look for Pop to be even more brilliant in round 2.

1. Prediction

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1. Prediction

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Many might be surprised that I picked Parker to outplay Lillard in the point guard matchup, but that might end up being a symptom for the rest of the series. I'm picking the Spurs in 7.

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