Given the way the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Championship in 2003 and 2005 and 2007, simple logic indicates that they’ll win in 2009. But for the bulk of the season, the LA Lakers have seemed to have a lock on the Western Conference. And yet look who’s gone and won eight out of their past ten games? The San Antonio Spurs!
Yes, they’re “only” 34-14, but Tony Parker’s missed ten games and Manu Ginobili’s missed thirteen. With them back in the lineup, San Antonio’s been storming forward. And Manu’s only been playing 27 minutes per game, which he can surely step up in the playoffs. Then of course there’s Tim Duncan who’s been totally brilliant. They still look like underdogs, I suppose, but the Spurs always seem to get forgotten just before they start winning again and then everyone forgets how they managed to forget about them in the first place.