In the first round of the playoffs, both the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns came into their series with a boat load of confidence and their sights set on advancing to the next round.
Despite many people believing that the Dallas Mavericks were the one team in the Western Conference that could give the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers a run for their money, the Spurs showed why they have been such a dominant and resilient team over the years by sending Mark Cuban’s squad packing much earlier than anticipated.
This season has been somewhat of a disappointment for the San Antonio Spurs as they had high hopes of competing with the likes of the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, but just couldn’t stay healthy throughout the regular season.
This past offseason, the Spurs made a trade to try and counter all the moves made by the best teams in the league. The Los Angeles Lakers signed Ron Artest, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Shaq, the Boston Celtics added veteran forward Rasheed Wallace and the Orlando Magic got another dominant scorer in Vince Carter.
With all these trades and free agent signings going on throughout the league, the San
Antonio Spurs felt compelled to do something in order to be able to compete with the best teams in the league that only got better during the offseason.
It has become more and more apparent over the last couple of years that the San Antonio Spurs are not getting any younger and a time for new blood is just around the corner, but that didn’t seem like the case in the first round against the Dallas Mavericks as they were able to knockout the second seed in six games.
Now Tim Duncan and company will have another challenge ahead of them in the form of Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. A couple of years ago, when these two teams met in the playoffs, a lot of controversy surrounded the playoff series between these two teams as suspensions were handed out that ultimately changed the entire series.
Needless to say, the San Antonio Spurs moved on in that series and all anyone could talk about was what would have happen if the suspensions didn’t go the way they went.
Even though that is in the past, the Phoenix Suns have almost certainly not forgotten about it and will look to prove that at some point during this series.
Much like the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks first round playoff series, I believe the Spurs and the Suns series will go the distance as they two teams are pretty evenly matched in my opinion.
This playoff series will be very entertaining though and definitely one for the books as neither one of these teams will back down and will be giving it everything they have as it just might the last chance for Steve Nash and Tim Duncan to contend for a title.
Series Prediction: 4-3 San Antonio Spurs