I don’t think San Antonio will ultimately be successful in the playoffs. There are a series of things that I find just a bit off about the Spurs.
1. The startling lack of defense.
I know that this isn’t the Spurs team of old. The teams that won NBA championships in ’99, ’03, ’05, and ’07 this team most certainly isn’t but I was positive that a Gregg Popovich coached team wouldn’t be 12th in the league in points allowed (they allowed 97.3 points per game this season and 101.7 per game in the month of March alone). They are simply not playing championship caliber defense.
2.They’re umm . . . short.
When you compare them to the Lakers they don’t match up. To be fair a lot of teams don’t match up to the Lakers length-wise but Los Angeles is the team to beat and if you can’t beat LA in the paint you very well may not beat them. The Spurs don’t shoot a lot of midrange shots. They get most of their points from leading scorers Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili who combine to lead the league in points scored in the paint. This wouldn’t be a problem but 7 footers Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum a.k.a. ‘the trees’ spend quite a bit of time in the paint on the defensive end of the ball.
3. They shoot an absurd amount of three pointers.
The San Antonio Spurs lead the league in three point shots attempted. Not made. Attempted. As such they have developed a live by the three or die by the three mentality. If we have learned nothing from Mike D’Antoni we should have at least learned that this is not a system that wins championships.
Basically San Antonio has multiple deficiencies that they must overcome before they can be called a legitimate threat to the Lakers and their three-peat hopes.
I hope I’m wrong because if the Lakers take home another NBA title I’m going to throw up in my mouth a little bit.