NBA Playoffs 2012: Spurs Quietly Proving They Are the NBA's Best

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Spurs Quietly Proving They Are the NBA's Best
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While the media discusses why LeBron James wasn't involved in the last play of Game 4 against the New York Knicks, the San Antonio Spurs are quietly disposing of the eighth-seeded Utah Jazz.

The Jazz are not a team that was considered to be a threat in the Western Conference, so a Spurs rout is not too much of a surprise. However, you would think that San Antonio would be mentioned among the other great teams in the league.

Organizations like the Miami Heat or the Los Angeles Lakers have star players, such as James or Kobe Bryant, who are polarizing figures. They have larger fanbases, and the media relentlessly covers and dissects those teams. The Spurs are never considered one of the top teams because they are not "sexy."

Tony Parker's play has been phenomenal all season, and he has continued his success in the postseason. He is having a career year and has matured into the leader of this Spurs team. Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics has been getting all the attention with his stellar play, which has put Parker on the back burner.

Coach Gregg Popovich has utilized his team perfectly this season on his way to winning Coach of the Year. San Antonio has the deepest team in the league, and each player contributes to their success.

This team reminds me of the Detroit Pistons team that won the title in 2004. They were a deep roster that worked well together, and they all played great defense. This Spurs team is the same way. The only difference is they are an offensive threat.

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Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan are the obvious stars on the team, but the way they handle themselves is a reflection of everyone else on the roster. Duncan and Ginobili show how unselfish they are by doing whatever it takes to win games. Ginobili has played fewer minutes, while Duncan has accepted less of a scoring role.

Players like Gary Neal, Matt Bonner and Stephen Jackson are perfect fits for the Spurs and provide them with great offense that meshes seamlessly with the style of Parker's point-guard play.

The Spurs match up well with every team in the NBA and should have no problem advancing to the Western Conference Finals.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have the youth and athleticism that many feel can topple this "old" Spurs team. However, if they meet in the playoffs, the Spurs' better overall team will be able to shut down the Kevin Durant-led Thunder on their way to San Antonio's fifth title.

So, while discussing who you think is the best team in the NBA, don't forget about the Spurs because they are the ones to beat.  

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