NBA Finals: Preview
So here we are going against Pistons in the NBA finals. This is going to be a hell of a matchup. While the Spurs-Suns series was great and fun, this one is going to be great too but could be ugly at sometimes.
Not to take away anything from what Pistons have achieved so far, Spurs would go into the series confidently. Spurs will be cautious but not over-awed in facing the defending champions. There are going to be some tough matchups that'll decide the series.
Parker-Billups : Historically Tony has struggled against bigger guards, but Tony of 2005 is matured and increased his basketball IQ over a period of time. He'd do a good job defensively (IMO only Marbury used to abuse Tony regularly) but his offense against Billups is what counts. Tony looks very adaptable this season if things are going tough so he'll be just fine. Tony should be little creative though on the offense to overcome the hurdles.
Ginobili-Prince: This is going to be the matchup of the Finals. Two Dynamic guys going against each other at both ends and a flair of unpredictability each bring to the court will be awesome.
Bowen-Hamilton: While Rip is very quick, Bruce is as best you can get to chase the guy.Bruce on the offensive end though should make sure he keeps Rip engaged in defending him just to tire him a bit , if not score those corner 3s.
Duncan/Mohammad- Wallaces: Rasheed has defended Timmy reasonably well in previous years, but Timmy is so good he is gonna over come any matchup thrown at him. The problem for Timmy would be to stay on perimeter to make sure Rasheed just jacks up outside shots. Nazr should be as effective as he has been this playoffs on boards.
Finally, it boils down to who play the team-ball together and run set offense/defense well. It's not like previous series, where Nash was the key no matter how much Amare was dominant.
I am sure Pop will come up with a great strategy for the series to handle Hamilton/Billups/Prince over a best-of-7 series.
Go Spurs Go!!!