The Warriors’ Rise and The Spurs’ Demise

The NBA playoffs have been pretty awesome thus far–to say the least. Rivalries have ensued, unlikely players have stepped up, flaws have been pointed out, and injuries of star players.

This season has shown me one thing surely and that is that the 90s era of the NBA is officially over. Steve Nash, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett have all looked like shells of themselves all season. Now that Kobe is injured with his Achilles it is only natural to wonder if his career will be shortened due to that and the Lakers’ dominance is seemingly over. Now I’m watching this Spurs/Warriors semifinals and how old the Warriors are making the Spurs look–and the Spurs have always played like old men.

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan

These playoffs are all about Steph Curry right now and his emergence as probably one of the best shooters the NBA has ever seen. Unfortunately for the San Antonio Spurs, Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors have outplayed them for 3 of the 4 games of this series despite the series being tied 2-2. This Warriors team just looks like too much for the Spurs with players like Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack, Harrison Barnes, and Steph Curry who are lethal with a long-range jumper but can also take the ball off the dribble and take it to the hole. The Spurs have 3 Hall-Of-Famers on their roster and one of the greatest coaches of all-time but in the NBA playoffs it usually comes down to who has the best player wins and Steph Curry is definitely playing like the best player in this series.

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I am not yet ready to put the final nail in the Spurs’ casket because they have had one of the best records in the NBA for the past 3 years and they were just in the Western Conference Finals last year but they are old as hell. The Warriors have also pointed out one thing about the Spurs and that is that their depth is overrated. The Spurs have been considered one of the deepest teams in the NBA but when Manu is missing every shot and Andrew Bogut is locking Tim Duncan down this series becomes Tony Parker vs. the World, Tony Parker isn’t that nice.

The unsung hero for the Warriors has easily been Andrew Bogut, who has had the challenge of guarding arguably the greatest power forward in NBA history; Tim Duncan. Without David Lee many predicted that Tim Duncan would have a cake walk and would be able to dominate the Warriors’ bigs but the injury-plagued Andrew Bogut has stepped up and made every shot Tim Duncan takes a struggle.

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