I am a die-hard San Antonio Spurs fan and I believe they have a great shot at grabbing the NBA Championship once more. In fact I have five reasons why.
5. Luck of the Draw
The race in the West is starting to shape up and it looks like the Spurs could be facing the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs.
If the Spurs can hold onto the second spot and Portland the seventh spot, San Antonio will be very happy because not only will they have home-court advantage, but they will be facing a young and inexperienced team that hasn't been in the playoffs since 2003.
The Spurs will not take the Trail Blazers lightly because Portland has beaten them twice this season, but the playoffs are a different animal. Thus, you have to favor the Spurs’ chances.
I’m not saying that if they beat the Trail Blazers, the road to the Finals will be easier, but it's better for them than some of the other top teams who will have tougher opponents in the first round.
One of these teams is the Los Angeles Lakers, who could be facing the Dallas Mavericks.
Even though the Mavericks haven't played well in the playoffs, they will look forward to being the underdog with nothing to lose.
The Mavericks probably won't beat the Lakers but could give them a run for their money, which bodes well for the Spurs being that the Lakers remain their only real threat at making it back to the Finals.
4. It's 2009
Oh yes; it's an odd year and everyone knows what that means. It's the Spurs’ year.
With titles in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007, you just can't bet against them in an odd year.
Yes, the Spurs have been plagued with injuries all season long, but if they can get healthy, they have one of the deepest squads in the Western Conference.
With Manu Ginobili, Bruce Bowen, Drew Gooden, George Hill, and Kurt Thomas the team is loaded with depth. All of these guys can create great things for the Spurs coming off the bench. The best thing they will have in their favor is experience.
Most of these guys are veterans to the game and will help players like George Hill deal with the pressure of competing in the playoffs.
2. The Big Three
When these guys are healthy and on their game they are one of the best big three's in the league.
Tony Parker has had the most consistent season out of the three, leading in scoring with 21.9 points per game, seven assists per game, and has carried the team many times this season. A prime example is the Spurs’ victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday with 42 points and 10 assists.
If he can keep this up for the remainder of the season, expect his game to rise to another level come playoff time.
If Ginobili can get back to his old self before his ankle injury and Tim Duncan can get over his knee problem come May, everybody better watch out.
Experience helped the San Antonio Spurs overcome the New Orleans Hornets last year and expect them to put it to good use yet again.
The one thing about this team that I admire so much is that they don't buckle under great pressure. They have been there before so they know how to deal with it. Experience plays a role in that quality.
They know what it takes to win in the playoffs and their experience gives them a slight edge over their opponents.
Feel free to give some of your own reasons as to why the Spurs may prevail or fail to obtain another NBA title.