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NBA Playoffs Series Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA Playoffs Series Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

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The matchup that we all wanted before the season began has been realized in the Western Conference Finals. The Oklahoma City Thunder, led by the dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, face off against the best team in the NBA in the San Antonio Spurs. While these teams met two years ago, plenty of things and players have changed from that matchup to this one.

Here is how this series will unfold.

Point Guards: Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker

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Point Guards: Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker

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Two of the most entertaining and effective point guards will square off as Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook takes on San Antonio's Tony Parker. Both are effective at what they do. Westbrook can finish at the rim with ease, and Parker is one of the great floor generals in the past decade.

Advantage: Russell Westbrook

With Parker's uncertainty after a hamstring injury, I will give a slight edge to Westbrook.

Shooting Guard: Thabo Sefolosha vs. Danny Green

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Shooting Guard: Thabo Sefolosha vs. Danny Green

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Both Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha and San Antonio's Danny Green are specialists for their respective teams. Sefolosha is one of the game's best defenders while Green is one of the NBA's best sharpshooters.

Advantage: Danny Green

When all is said and done, I'll give the edge to Green and his ability to get hot in a hurry. This is one of the more intriguing matchups to watch.

Small Forward: Kevin Durant vs. Kawhi Leonard

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Small Forward: Kevin Durant vs. Kawhi Leonard

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Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has the daunting task of trying to stop the game's best scorer in Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant. While Leonard is a solid defender, there is no way that he can shut down Durant.

Advantage: Kevin Durant

The obvious advantage here goes to the league's MVP in Durant.

Power Forward: Serge Ibaka vs. Tim Duncan

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Power Forward: Serge Ibaka vs. Tim Duncan

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Serge Ibaka is Oklahoma City's third best player, but he will have a challenge trying to slow down perhaps the best power forward of all time in San Antonio's Tim Duncan.

Advantage: Tim Duncan

The clear edge goes to Duncan.

Center: Kendrick Perkins vs. Tiago Splitter

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Center: Kendrick Perkins vs. Tiago Splitter

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While both Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins and San Antonio's Tiago Splitter are not known for their scoring, both are good if not great defenders. While Splitter may have more athleticism, I am going with the veteran savvy of Perkins.

Advantage: Kendrick Perkins

Perkins has plenty of big-game experience for both the Boston Celtics and the Thunder.

Bench Play: Thunder vs. Spurs

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Bench Play: Thunder vs. Spurs

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The Spurs' bench is the best in the NBA with players like Marco Bellinelli, Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills as well as many others. Oklahoma City's bench is mainly Reggie Jackson and Steven Adams, but no one else.

Advantage: San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs' bench has played significant minutes this season and therefore gets the advantage.

Coaching: Scott Brooks vs. Gregg Popovich

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Coaches: Scott Brooks vs. Gregg Popovich

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Both Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich are among the best coaches today, but only one has rings to show for it. Brooks may be coaching the two best players in this series, but Popovich is coaching the best team.

Advantage: Gregg Popovich

Popovich has the clear advantage here.

Cheerleaders: Thunder Girls vs. Silver Stars

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Cheerleaders: Thunder Girls vs. Silver Stars

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Just for the heck of it, why not feature a matchup between two of the prettiest cheer teams in the NBA. This is the only matchup that I would gladly call a tie. Texas women are some of the prettiest in the country, but the Thunder Girls bring down the house.

Advantage: Tie

You can't go wrong with either squad.

Prediction: Spurs In 7

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Prediction: Spurs In 7

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This series will be a back and forth affair that will come down to the last game. With perhaps the two best teams in all the NBA, I'm going with the team that has home-court advantage and that is the San Antonio Spurs. Expect an all-time great series going down to the final minute.