I think they are, because I think the Mavs and Suns will be worn out from playing small ball all year, and the Spurs defense should carry them, as long as Duncan scores 20+ per game.
Even though Dallas beat San Antonio in 7 games last year, I think the Spurs are going to come back and take care of business this year.
So small ball run n’gun won’t work in the playoffs where it becomes a halfcourt game and every possession counts. Sure, that was conventional wisdom.
Until last year. Remember SA (with the homecourt and all that playoff experience) was expected to beat DAL. Except DAL rewrote the rules. They dictated a faster tempo (Devin Harris was huge) and SA couldn’t keep up. By Game 7, DAL knew they could win even on the road.
I’m really looking fwd to a PHO-DAL West finals.
I just think SA will learn from last year, and take care of business. Tim needs to be on point, and Bruce Bowen’s defense on Josh Howard is key.
I like Dallas, but to me, for right now, they are like the Indianapolis Colts (before this past season) for the past several years: regular season champs, but don’t do much in the playoffs.
I’m am not discounting the Mavs in any way. They are a great team, with Dirk, Josh, JET, Little General, etc. but I think they are still a couple of years away from a title. They should win one within the next 3 seasons, but I don’t think they will take it this season.
Who knows, next year when we hopefully start a new NBA Playoff Thread, I will have the Mavs.