In my opiniion, and I may stand alone on this one, Gasol's LA Lakers are a significantly more potent threat to the Spurs title campaign than OKC. I even think that Memphis will beat OKC in a 7-game series. Why am I saying this? Well, it's easy... both LAL and Memphis have a much better frontline than OKC. They are teams that have the ability to outplay and/or outmuscle Tim and Tiago in a seven-game series.
Let's talk about the Lakers. Gasol and Bynum are legitimate bigs who can both score and defend. Metta World Peace, though may have seen much regression as of late, is still a vital cog on the defensive end. I think it's pretty safe to say that I've never seen anybody in the NBA play better defense on Manu than World Peace did back in the day when he was still known as Ron Artest. That should count for something in my book.
Furthermore, I've always admired Sessions' game even before he was with Cleveland. He is a solid player for LAL at the starting PG spot and he's an underrated defender, too. His above average scoring skills should also offset Parker's great play even just a bit... but knowing Tony and the way he's been playing this season, we should have a little bit of an edge at the PG spot.
What we really have an advantage of is on the wing spot. Okay, they have Kobe... but then, we also have Manu. If both guys are to cancel each other out, then we'll have Green, Kawhi, Jackson and Anderson when they have World Peace, Barnes and who else? Ebanks? I think it's pretty safe to say that we have our plus in that category.
OKC may have the guard and wing depth that can pretty much match us up well, perhaps even give us a run for our money with Durant, Harden and Sefolosha... but our bigs have proven well enough that they can dominate their frontline and that's enough reason for me not to worry. The Lakers, on the other hand, have a pretty solid starting unit. If our own starting unit can offset that, then we'll be fine, too. I just think that the Lakers have a better chance at beating us than OKC does.These three games in ten nights against the Lakers should serve as a very good way to gauge where we stand against this perennial powerhouse.
We may have won so many games in the regular season primarily because of our wing depth, but our title hopes still rest in our frontline precariously held by old timer Tim Duncan and newcomer Tiago Splitter. Our 5th championship trophy still rests on Duncan's broad yet old shoulders.