The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

NBA Playoffs

I'm not sold on this Spurs team yet. Which is why we've had a dearth of Spurs posts this season. Having said that I think the only team that can beat them in a seven-game series is the Pistons. So they've got that going for them. Which is nice.

But there's a chance the Spurs could be whupped in 5 games by the Pistons in the Finals. And we all know how much of this game is won or lost in the minds of the Spurs (see Lakers, 2000-2004). A shellacking like that could cost them the next two titles too. And with the future of the franchise being now- before Duncan really starts to decline and the wheels come off of Manu's reckless abandon- we can't just wait around anymore.

But the Mavs aren't gonna beat the Spurs and whomever comes out of the bottom half of the Western Conference bracket, Clippers, Suns or Lakers, won't be able to beat the Spurs either. On the Eastern Conference side, we're probably looking at another Pistons-Heat matchup in the Conference Finals. Except with Shaq being another year older and heavier and the Pistons having an even bigger chip on their shoulder than last year. So it's Pistons-Spurs again.