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Oh, God. The Spurs are up 2 games to 0 on the Cavaliers. It's time to crown the NBA's version of the New England Patriots.

That may be inevitable if the Cavaliers lose Game 3 on their home court after two lackluster efforts in San Antonio. LeBron and Co. need to realize they are not dealing with an also-ran or an aging dynasty. These Spurs are still young, still primed, and will continue making title runs for years to come. They're led by one of the NBA's greatest in Tim Duncan and feature the necessary complimentary pieces to function as a winning team. Cleveland, on the other hand, lives and dies by King James. LeBron may be the greatest talent to emerge in the league since Michael Jordan, and he's only 23 years old. But like Michael experienced for his first six years in the NBA, losing this series may be the best thing to happen to him.

In the 1980s, Jordan led the Bulls to playoff berth after playoff berth. He ripped the Boston Celtics for 63 points in one game. He hit one of the most memorable shots in playoff history over Craig Ehlo. He still holds the highest playoff (and regular season, for that matter) scoring average in NBA history. But he was doing it virtually alone. Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant did not arrive until 1987, and it understandably took a few years for the group to jell.

LeBron has good supporting players, but none you could call world class. The best are Larry Hughes (when healthy) and Drew Gooden, neither of whom are consistent. One night they might play like All-Pros and the next they forget to show up. One hopes they will rectify the issue in free agency and the upcoming draft, where there's a chance that Acie Law of Texas A&M will be available when they pick.

But as for this series, San Antonio is just too good. Their nucleus has been together for nearly a decade, and they've practically cornered the market on NBA Finals experience. I may be wrong, but I don't see this series going six games. It may not even go five, and that's okay. Jordan and company did not conquer the Pistons until 1991, and Shaquille O'Neal's Magic lost the 1995 Finals to Houston in a four-game sweep. Those two guys now have ten rings between them.

LeBron's time will come. He's already shown his ability to put the team on his back and carry it. Now it's time to wait and see if anyone will carry that burden with him.

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