The NBA Season is full of ups and downs. It’s always interesting because teams will catch fire over the course of a 82 game season, and they will also have a cold streak or two. With the season winding down I feel confident about one thing, and that’s the San Antonio Spurs. I’m picking them to win the championship this year. But before you call me crazy, listen to my logic.
The Spurs are hungry. Last year, they were 28 seconds away from beating Miami and then two things happened: they missed two key free throws down the stretch, and missed two critical defensive rebounds which led to two Miami 3 pointers.
I’ll be honest, I was worried about San Antonio this year. They are an older team and I felt that the 2013 Finals would be their swan song. I just didn’t see a scenario where they recovered from what happened. However, they have come back strong this year and are having a better season than they had last year. Their Game 6 collapse hasn’t destroyed them, but has made them more determined to get to the top of the mountain.
They are also healthy. Back in January, they were missing Parker, Splitter, Leonard, and Danny Green. All four of them are now healthy and the Spurs have won 12 games in a row. They have been playing lights out since the All-Star break, and will most likely have home-court advantage come playoff time.
Another reason why I am buying into the Spurs is they arguably have the deepest team in the league. None of their players are playing over 30 minutes a game. That means Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Kawahai Leonard will be fresh during the playoffs. Leonard is young, but the Spurs do have key pieces who are older. The rest they get now will pay dividends in May and June.
While the Spurs have been playing their best ball, other teams are having their share issues. Indiana looks offensively challenged at times. Miami looks defensively challenged and tired at times. Their Western Conference counterparts have issues also. OKC misses both Perkins and Sefolosha defensively while Westbrook has been injured on and off all year. Houston doesn’t play any defense and is looking less and less like a serious playoff contender each day. Golden State and Portland are too young. The one team that I think could present problems for San Antonio are the LA Clippers.
Making predictions isn’t scientific and we often go with our hearts. There is a ton of basketball left to be played, but based off what I am seeing the Spurs are passing the eye test. I might be wrong, but I’m buying the Spurs when playoff time comes around.
Championship Rankings (most likely to win it all)