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5 Reasons Why the San Antonio Spurs Will Crush the Oklahoma City Thunder

5 Reasons Why the Spurs Will Make It to the NBA FInals

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The San Antonio Spurs have been the NBA's model franchise for over the past 15 years. With the nucleus of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, they've won three NBA titles and have now made the Western Conference Finals five times. Even though the Oklahoma City Thunder have superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, this Spurs team is built to make it back to the NBA Finals.

5. Better Bench

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5. Better Bench

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The Spurs have one of the deepest benches in basketball with everyone on the team filling a specific role. Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli can all provide instant offense off the bench, whether it be shooting threes or attacking the basket. Even if one of the team's stars have an off game, the Spurs' bench is good enough to carry the team for a stretch.

4. No Serge Ibaka

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4. No Serge Ibaka

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With Serge Ibaka now out for the remainder of the playoffs, Oklahoma City has a huge whole in the middle of the defense. Tim Duncan will be able to go to work on the low post, and slashers like Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard will have an easier time getting to rim without Ibaka on the floor.

3. Tim Duncan Is Still Great

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3. Tim Duncan Is Still Great

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After 17 seasons in the NBA, Duncan has established himself as one of the top big men in the history of the league. Duncan has kept himself in great shape and can still dominate at both ends of the floor even at this stage of his career. With a trip to the Finals on the line, expect "The Big Fundemental" to put on a clinic on the low post.

2. Gregg Popovich vs. Scott Brooks

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2. Gregg Popovich vs. Scott Brooks

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Gregg Popovich has won over 1,400 games as an NBA head coach to go along with four championships. He's universally regarded as one of the best coaches of all time, and always seems to know which lineups will work best. Brooks, on the other hand, has yet to win a championship despite having one of the most talented teams in the league for the past four years.

1. Playoff Experience

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1. Playoff Experience

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The Spurs have veterans up and down the roster. They have one of the greatest big men (Duncan), guards (Parker) and greatest coaches (Popovich) in playoff history. They know what it takes to be a championship team and will advance to their second NBA Finals in three years.