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Lots of Spurs related questions this time in Hollinger's chat today. Lots compared to most ESPN...

Lots of Spurs related questions this time in Hollinger's chat today. Lots compared to most ESPN chats. He has nothing but good comments about SA. Ethan ((Providence)) Sup John, who do you actually have winning the title? Why? John Hollinger (12:25 PM) Spurs. Because they're better than everybody else. John (USA) Bigger threat to San Antonio LAC or MEM John Hollinger (12:28 PM) Tough question. Memphis beat San Antonio last year and has shown they can defend the Spurs' stuff much better than most; but the Clippers' pick-and-roll game can give the Spurs trouble and they don't match up well against Blake. John Hollinger (12:28 PM) But ultimately I'd say Memphis. The Spurs will just shred the Clippers' defense to pieces, and it's hard for me to imagine a Popovich-VDN battle swinging in LA's favor. Joe (NY) You are basing picking the Spurs on them beating a horrible Utah team in the 1st round?? Whether they draw LAC or Mem in round 2 and then OKC or LAL in round 3 it is gonna be alot tougher John Hollinger (12:33 PM) I'm picking them based on their going 28-3 in their past 31 games, and winning the season series against every remaining team in the West, with at least one humiliating win against every one of them. Or how about this: They're 22-3 in their past 25 road games. Two of the losses came when they sat their starters. Nobody's beating them. Joe (NY) Miami would have the 3 best players in a series against the Spurs. Tough to overcome that even considering Heats lack of depth John Hollinger (12:43 PM) Two best, yes. But I'd argue 3, 4 and 5 play for San Antonio, as do 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. Chalmers could probably be the Spurs' 10th man if he applied himself; he's the fourth-best payer on Miami. That's why I'd take San Antonio. Adnan (SPCR) Is Gregg Popovich an all time great coach? John Hollinger (12:43 PM) Beyond a shadow of a doubt. Automatic Hall of Famer. Ant (SA) How many more games until the Spurs current winning streak ends? John Hollinger (1:09 PM) I'll say Game 3 of the second round, en route to a five-game series win. But we'll have plenty more time to dissect those possibilities in next week's chat. That's all the time I have but thanks again for all the great questions. We'll do this at a date and time to be determined once I know where I'm going to be in round 2.

Chat with John Hollinger 5/10/12
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