2012 NBA Playoffs: Why Spurs-Thunder Will Be Most Thrilling Series in Playoffs

Kevin W. RyanContributor IIIMay 21, 2012

DALLAS, TX - MAY 05:  (L-R) James Harden #13, Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate after scoring with 10 seconds against the Dallas Mavericks during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 5, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Remember all the excuses against the condensed schedule that supposedly injured Derrick Rose & Chris Bosh?

The San Antonio Spurs have concocted a way to properly balance out the schedule - never lose.

The Spurs have played a total of eight games - eight wins and 22 days off.

San Antonio Spurs Breakdown

Following Sunday's game four victory against "Lob City," the San Antonio Spurs continued their incredible winning streak, which began all the way back on April 11th. 

With the constant winning at the end of the regular season, aging future Hall of Fame forward Tim Duncan got plenty of his much-needed rest allowing him to captain the virtually unstoppable San Antonio Spurs. 

Duncan has been a true floor general in the Spurs eight playoff wins, ranging from his point and paint backdoor passes only to get back and run the teams defense.

The Spurs have had nothing but stellar production from Duncan and their prolific point guard Tony Parker in all eight playoff games.   

At just 30 years old, Parker has been one of the most dominant and consistent point guards all season long - the only other valid candidate being Chris Paul.  

Parker started for the Spurs NBA Championship team when he was just 21-years old and looks to continue his season-long dominance en route to another Championship banner for the AT&T Arena in San Antonio.  

Going into the Western Conference Finals, the best contender for San Antonio's floor-wide dominance is Oklahoma City.  

Oklahoma City Thunder Breakdown 

While the Thunder look to polish off the Lakers Monday night in Oklahoma City, the Thunder have exposed far more weakness than San Antonio as two of their wins against the Lakers could easily have left them down 3-1.  

However, Durant, Westbrook and the Thunder provided a truly clutch performance against Kobe's drama-filled Lakers in games two and four.  

Out of the teams remaining in the playoffs, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are respectively third and fourth in points per game.  

In reality, the regular season scoring champion, Kevin Durant, has only had glimpses of a terrific, vintage Kevin Durant-game in these playoffs. He will turn to their first opportunity to eliminate the Los Angeles Lakers Monday night for one of those games. 

While the Thunder will presumably wipe the Los Angeles Lakers out of the playoffs and give the crew at Staples Center some much needed rest, the Conference Finals match-ups beg the question: 

Which two-player combination would you rather have in the Playoffs?