NBA Playoffs 2012: 5 Advantages Oklahoma City Thunder Have on San Antonio Spurs

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NBA Playoffs 2012: 5 Advantages Oklahoma City Thunder Have on San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs have been dynamite throughout the 2012 NBA playoffs, but there are five reasons why the Oklahoma City Thunder will lower the boom on TNT. 

In many ways, Oklahoma City vs. San Antonio embodies age-old plots: The past meets the future; the protege battles the mentor; the original faces the clone.

It's a prototypical Hollywood script injected with the breath of life; the scene where an elder looks into a mirror that reveals a youthful portrayal.

Tim Duncan—a humble superstar, ideal ambassador and once-annual MVP candidate—leaves size-16 footsteps that Kevin Durant began following in 2007.

Tony Parker came into the league as an explosive, shoot-first-ask-questions-later point guard, much like Russell Westbrook.

The well-rounded, do-it-all Manu Ginobili adapted to a bench role, although, he's frequently assigned more minutes than most NBA starters. He was the recipient of the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2008, four years before James Harden completed the same task.

Although the Olympics are just around the corner, June will mark the first passing of a torch due to Oklahoma City's five advantages.

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