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Spurs Continue To Prove Critics Wrong As West Champions

Posted by Craig Parsons on 5/29/2013 7:48:27 PM

They are too old. They don’t have the speed to keep up. Injuries will limit what they can do. These are all comments made by online betting players to describe the San Antonio Spurs when the playoffs began. Fast-forward a little more than a month later, and the Spurs are headed to the NBA Finals. San Antonio emerged as the best team in the Western Conference after having its way with three of the other seven teams that qualified for the postseason. The Spurs reached the NBA Finals by proving that everything that was said about them when it all began was off the mark, and now they have the chance to play for a championship ring.

A four-game sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies in the conference finals is impressive enough on its own, but it becomes that much more impressive when you consider what this team did to get here. The Spurs have played a variety of different styles along the way and gotten the job done, and its incredible to think that they have been doubted the way they have. Whether it was their four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in the most uneven match up of the playoffs, or their ability to outlast the younger and supposedly much quicker Golden State Warriors in the second round, or their ability to outmuscle and defend better than the best defensive team in the NBA in the Grizzlies, San Antonio has made the necessary adjustments to win every series.

A big part of that has been arguably the best head coach in the NBA in Gregg Popovich, who continues to make the right calls and put his players in the best possible position to succeed. Popovich deserves a ton of credit for how far these Spurs have come, although it should be said as well that it is the players that have executed in the online sports betting situations. Tony Parker has shed all of the labels of being too old, including a dominant 37-point effort in the series-clinching game-four win over Memphis in which he hit 15 of his 21 shots. Tim Duncan is in the same category, as he and Thiago Splitter combined to dominate the Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph tandem that looked unstoppable for the Grizzlies in the first two rounds. Manu Ginobili has become sort of a luxury off the bench, but only because the Spurs have so much quality depth that he doesn’t need to be at his best to win every game.

The online sportsbook odds for the NBA Finals will vary depending on the team that reaches out of the Eastern Conference, but there is a good chance the Spurs will be underdogs again versus the Miami Heat. In that case, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see San Antonio score another upset, as they continue to find ways to prove their critics wrong.

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