I'm sorry, but I wasn't exactly thrilled about the Utah series. In fact, when Utah climbed into the final spot I sighed thinking, "This team poses no serious threat to the Spurs. This is likely going to be a boring series of Spurs domination." Why boring? Boring because I knew Utah was out matched. It's no fun beating up on a team that you know you should dominate. If anything, as a veteran team, you run the risk of losing your sharpness by playing down to the level of a less experienced, inferior opponent. I'm glad this was a short series so the Spurs can move on to round two and then to the WCF with fresh legs. I suppose the most important thing about this series. The Spurs' starters played so few minutes, especially when compared to the starters of other playoff teams.
This year's Spurs team is hungry, immensely talented, and deep. They aren't going to be beat in a 7 game series by some up-and coming team. So sorry Clippers, you stand no chance. Since I've been following this team all-year long, I can't wait to see them play their best basketball. As we saw in Game 4, Manu is starting to round back into his wild-card form. Jackson and Diaw are savvy veterans who know not only how to contribute, but more importantly, how to not screw things up. Everyone else on the team knows their role and does it quite well.
The 2012 Spurs will show their best performances only against the best opponents. So I'm afraid we won't see this team forced to play it's best until they get an elite opponent like OKC, the Lakers, Miami, or Boston. It's clear that Memphis is a different team with Rudy Gay as opposed to Z. Randolph leading them. And the Clippers, as talented as they are, simply do not have enough players with playoff experience. The Spurs did what they were supposed to do vs. Utah. They are disciplined, focused and coached in such a way that they will not overlook any opponent. But as a knowledgeable fan, I have no problem saying that only the 4 teams mentioned above will have a serious chance of defeating the Spurs.