NBA Playoffs 2012: San Antonio Spurs Could Have Championship Run in Them

Tommy KeelerCorrespondent IIIMay 3, 2012

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I'll be the first to admit I haven't watched the San Antonio Spurs much this season. However, Wednesday night I watched them play against the Utah Jazz and I was very impressed.

I have heard people saying that the Spurs have a chance to win it all this year, and now for the first time I think that's a possibility. I still believe the Heat will win it all, but I definitely think the Spurs have a serious chance at making it to the NBA finals, and then who knows what can happen?

Everybody knows about the Spurs' "Big Three." Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli are getting older, but they still know how to play the game. And they play it well.

But it was not those three that impressed me the most. It was their supporting cast.

Daniel Green and Kawhi Leonard had a combined 30 points. I'd never even heard of those two. The Spurs also have Boris Diaw and bench players such as DeJuan Blair, Stephen Jackson, Matt Bonner and Tiago Splitter.

They've got a solid starting five and a solid bench, and they are deep at every position.

The Spurs also have Gregg Popovich, who was recently named Coach of the Year. That's an award he certainly deserves. Popovich has this team playing basketball the right way—as a team.

The Spurs have plenty of stars, but they play great team basketball. They seem to know each other really well, and they play very smart and make good decisions on the floor. They also have plenty of playoff experience. They know how to win.

They are now in total control of their first-round series with Utah. I don't think they will have any problem putting the Jazz away.

It's hard to say for sure how things will go in the second round and beyond. It's all about matchups, but I know one thing for sure—you can't count the Spurs out.

Last year they lost in the first round, but this team is better—and playing like a team hungry to win it all.