Before I was able to write a Conference Finals post, the West was won. I can’t believe my mighty San Antonio Spurs swept the Grizzlies. I was sure that the series was going to go 7 games, and I wasn’t sure we could beat them. The Spurs played with intensity and ran their system with precision. The old-school defense that they used to be known for showed up again. It was a great series, and although I kind of miss watching them, I’m glad they’re able to get some rest.
In the East, we are now looking at a 3 game series. Game 5 is tonight in Miami, which has 2 of the 3 at home. This will make it tough on the Pacers, but they did win Game 2 there. Mostly out of desire, but also because I think they can do it, I’m going to pick the Pacers to win this series. In case I’m wrong, though, I will look at both scenarios for the upcoming Finals matchup.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat– I think this series will go to 7 games, with Miami having home court advantage. Miami has almost no inside presence, and that’s where the Spurs will have the main advantage. Both teams have great defenses, though, so this will be a low-scoring, boring (unless you love defense, like me) series. I’m not confident the Spurs will win this series.
San Antonio Spurs vs Indiana Pacers– This series could go 7 games, but I don’t think that would happen. Indiana has a huge inside presence, with David West and Roy Hibbert, and a very physical, stingy defense. The Spurs have the advantage, though, because of experience. The Pacers are young, and in the playoffs, especially the Finals, the experienced team normally comes out ahead. I’m confident that the Spurs will win this series.
How do you see the possible Finals matchups?