NBA Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons Why the Spurs Will Beat the Clippers
Too old. Their time has passed.
It is everything the San Antonio Spurs have heard this postseason from the people that doubt them.
Even if Tim Duncan should be in a retirement home and Manu Ginobili is losing his hair, the Spurs are still one of the best teams in the NBA playoffs.
After winning the first game of their playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Spurs will easily move onto the Western Conference Finals because of the five following reasons.
This is the biggest mismatch of the entire series between these two teams.
Gregg Popovich vs. Vinny Del Negro.
On one hand you have Popovich. He has led the San Antonio Spurs to four NBA championships and was the 2012 NBA Coach of the Year.
He knows his players better than any other coach, being the head coach of the Spurs since 1996.
On the other hand, you have Del Negro. Del Negro has been on a roller coaster ride this season. He went from being almost fired midseason, to winning his first playoff series as an NBA coach.
In his four seasons as an NBA coach, Del Negro has loss more games than he has won. He has no coaching experience in the big games.
Popovich is going to out coach Del Negro in every aspect of the game and will lead the Spurs to the Western Conference finals.
The Los Angeles Clippers are flat out atrocious from the free throw line.
During the regular season they were 29th ranked free throw shooting team, shooting 68 percent from the line.
Come playoff time, guess what? They have only gotten worse at the free throw line, shooting 67.2 percent. Compare that to the San Antonio Spurs, who are shooting nearly 77 percent from the line this postseason.
In close games, the difference maker is free throws.
This postseason, the San Antonio Spurs have had the most powerful offense in the NBA.
The Spurs are leading in every major offensive statistical category. They are the only team in the postseason that is averaging over 100 points per a game and they are the only team that has a three-point field goal percentage above 40.
In game one, the Spurs showed that they can easily score on the Los Angeles Clippers, even if Tony Parker is a non-factor.
The Clippers are not going to be able to stop all the weapons the Spurs have on offense. Not only will they have to contain Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, but the Spurs have a ton of talent coming off the bench as well.
The one thing that the Los Angeles Clippers have that a lot of other teams do not is depth.
Unfortunately for them, they are playing one of the few postseason teams that have the depth to match them.
The San Antonio Spurs are stacked from top to bottom. Along with their big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs can insert a number of players.
The Spurs have 10 players that average at least 10 minutes a game during this postseason. That is not even including Dejuan Blair, who has averaged a little over nine minutes per game.
Whether they need bench scoring from Stephen Jackson or Gary Neal, or a big man off the bench like Tiago Splitter, the Spurs have it.
So enough of the talk that the Spurs are too old for the young and athletic Clippers. They have plenty of young guys that can come in and run with the "Lob City" show.
With age comes experience and that is exactly what the San Antonio Spurs have. They may be old, but that makes them more mentally prepared than the young Los Angeles Clippers.
When it comes down to crunch time, the Spurs are going to be more prepared than the Clippers.
Vinny Del Negro is only in his fourth season as a head coach and this is Blake Griffin's first playoff appearance of his career.
The Spurs big three of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have all been here before. These three have won three NBA championships together in the past decade.
As mentioned earlier, they have one of the best and most experienced head coaches in the NBA in Gregg Popovich.
In a couple seasons the Clippers will know what it takes to win deep in the playoffs. However, this year is the Spurs years and they will take out the Clippers.