Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan | XL Sports Blog

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Posted on 31. May, 2013 by in NBA

Fundamentals are not dead proven by the San Antonio Spurs return for the fifth time in 14 years to the NBA Finals after a 4-0 sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals.  The Spurs are a perfect blend of veteran experience and athletic youth with their core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli complimented by the likes of Danny Green, Gary Neal and Kawhi Leonard.  Leonard has been perhaps the best of these newcomers as he has accepted a more prominent offensive role while also in most situations guarding the opponent’s best player.  As well, he has greatly improved his rebounding making himself and Danny Green a highly effective tandem.  Without a doubt the games most impressive performer was Tony Parker who totaled 37 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists and looked like the most unstoppable guard in the NBA.  The way Parker manipulated offensive possessions by craftily weaving through on ball screens proved too much for the Grizzlies who were on of the leagues best defensive teams this season.  The French guard orchestrated coach Greg Popovich’s offensive perfectly going 15-21 from the field and making all 6 of his free throw attempts.

Whether they play Indiana or Miami in the Finals the Spurs will own the experience factor having won their previous 4 trips on the NBA’s biggest stage.  One of the less discussed talking points is the potential of Spurs forward Tim Duncan winning his 5th NBA championship, matching him with the likes of Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant.  As well, Duncan already owns 3 NBA Finals MVP Awards and with the possibility of adding another to his collection comes the justification that he is the greatest power forward to ever play the game.

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