San Antonio Spurs
vs. Phoenix Suns
It is a shame that one of these teams is going home after
the first round because these are two really good basketball
teams that could both get to the finals this season, but
unfortunately they are meeting in the first round instead of
later in the playoffs like they did last season.
The Spurs, as always, have the edge here. Everyone has been
saying all season long that the Spurs are finally getting
old and on the downside of their dynasty, but I beg to
differ. First of all, the Western Conference is more
competitive than it has ever been, every team in the
playoffs in the West could possibly make it to the finals
and all season long the difference between the #1 team in
the West and the #8 team was only a hand full of games. With
this being said the Spurs have are still playing like they
have any other season, so they have adapted and stayed a
dominant force in the incredibly competitive West.
Much like the Lakers with Kobe Bryant, any team with a
player like Tim Duncan immediately has an edge over their
opponent. Not only is Duncan a big advantage, but Manu
Ginobili can also hurt you because when he is on his game,
he is damn near unguardable and very dangerous.
Donít count the Suns out just yet though as they have two
key components that they havenít had against the Spurs the
last couple of seasons and they are Shaq and Grant Hill.
More Shaq than Hill obviously, but Hill brings a veteran
edge that Phoenix hasnít had besides Steve Nash. Shaq on the
other hand gives the Suns someone to throw at Duncan and
keep him somewhat contained like he did back in the day with
the Lakers. Not only can Shaq daddy help put some much
needed D on Duncan, but he can wear out that ex-MVP in the
paint on the other end of the floor.
I think this will probably be the most entertaining match up
in the first round that will most likely go 7 games, but the
Spurs are too experience and too cool under pressure to get
beat down by a team still trying to find itís identity.
The Suns will put up a fight and could beat the Spurs if
they get some wins in San Antonio early, but you got to go
with experience and the defending champs in this one.