The Spurs for the second half of the NBA season were the most dominant team.While many, including me at times, oohed and ahhed at the streak of the Dallas Mavs the Spurs were working on putting together a team ready for a legitimate title run.
There's little question from experts that the reign of Lebron James in the East was coming. But few would be able to admit that they saw it coming this soon. The Cavs dismantled a surprisingly timid and unfocused Pistons team that didn't know what hit them, and by the time they realized they were in for a fight it was too late. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals was one of the greatest individual playoff performances of all-time. NOT the best but up there. That series showed the growth of an already legitimate superstar into a leader. Lebron silenced his critics showing fans what can be done with a team of role players if you believe in them. (Kobe Bryant, are you listening?)
But even the Utah Jazz had more wins in the regular season, against a much tougher Western conference, than the Cavs. The Cleveland Cavaliers also had a pretty easy draw on their way to the Finals. They beat up an injured Wizards team, somehow got into a dogfight with the Nets (where Jason Kidd shined but as usual Vince Carter underwhelmed), and then beat a Pistons team that is clearly at the end of their run. The Cavs are great to watch in terms of seeing players overachieve.(I watched Daniel Gibson when he played with UT and it was nice to see him do well) But when it comes down to it the Spurs as a team will be too much for the Cleveland Cavs to handle.
The Cavs won both games in the regular season.Lebron saw success against the Spurs D, being dealt triple teams at times. Bruce Bowen will not be able to handle the size of Lebron so he will have some success.
But the Cavs don't have a legitimate second threat to counter the 1-2-3 punch of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili in a 7 game series. This is the main factor that seperates the Cavs and The Spurs. They've been here before.Tim Duncan excels, on the biggest stage. When he is having an off night he can trust his teammates to help carry the load. Lebron can't say the same. We can't expect him to win 4 games by himself against this team.
Lebron will win a title. Just not this year.
I take the Spurs in 5 or 6.