We Finally Get To See Spurs vs. Thunder
I'm also looking forward to seeing how 36 year-old Tim Duncan fares against the monsters in the paint for Oklahoma City. He did fine against the athletic combo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the series against the Clippers (averaged 21 points and 9.3 rebounds), but can he go another round against superior athletes at his age? Many people were critical of Duncan this season, thinking his career was on its last legs, but now he's got some of those critics thinking he's got a couple more solid years. Does he continue defying his age against Serge I-block-ya and Kendrick Perkins? It'll be interesting to see.
I want to pick a team to win this series, but I can't. All I can say is that I think it's going seven games. We're going to have some nail-bitting thrillers between these two clubs. Durant's ability in the clutch makes me want to lean towards the Thunder, but then again the Spurs look like the hottest team in the league right now. In addition, the Spurs have an entire week to rest Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili's old legs (Game 1 isn't until Sunday). Gregg Popovich is usually great at taking teams out of their game plans, but when the game plan is isolation and you have three players that are highly capable of doing it (Durant, Westbrook, Harden) it's tough to take it away. All I can say is that I can't wait for this series to start and I think it'll come down to Game 7.
PS - I'll be rooting for the Thunder. I want my favorite player, Kevin Durant, to get a ring for that Hall of Fame resume.