The dust is finally settling in the West and it has come down to the San Antonio Spurs vs. the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Western Conference Finals. The Spurs are a group of talented, hard-nosed fundamentalists, and the Warriors are a talent stacked NBA dream team. It’s not exactly a David vs. Goliath showdown, but the Spurs are the clear underdog.
But should the Spurs really be the long shot of the series? They have coach Gregg Popovich, who is arguably the best modern era NBA coach, and they were only 6 games behind the Warriors during the regular season. With these things in their favor, the Spurs should at least guarantee that the next few games will be competitive, right?
Against any other team, the answer would be yes. But going head-to-head with a team made up of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and that guy they call KEVIN DURANT—that will be a tall order.
Add in an injured Tony Parker and a weakened Kawhi Leondard on San Antonio’s side, and unfortunately, things look bleak for the Spurs. But there is always a chance.
Despite the incredible collection of talent on the Warriors team, the Spurs have already proven that they can beat them. The scrappy San Antonians bested the Warriors during the regular season series, 2 games to 1. And based on their play in the semifinals, LaMarcus Aldridge and Jonathon Simmons have shown that they can fill in for Parker, and if need be, Leonard too.
Yes, it is true. The Spurs are the underdogs. But maybe, at the end of this series, the underdog will have its day.