Say what you want about San Antonio, but the Golden State Warriors are something to marvel. Mainly their backcourt's knack to hit every shot they put up, but the Warriors are a team that should become comfortable as a playoff team.
As long as they have their star, Stephen Curry, this is a dangerous team for a few years. And while the Spurs are split the first two games, this truly is an opportunity for Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili for one last time to overcome a seemingly impossible task.
In the 2000's, the Spurs had their battles with the Phoenix Suns. Mike D'Antoni was utterly dominated by Popovich's Spurs teams, but are the Warriors not reminiscent of those Suns squads?
Golden State undoubtedly has one of the best guards in the game, a young supporting cast, and while Mark Jackson is just making his name as an NBA coach, Golden State may be an improvement on the Suns system. Which is why they pose a better chance to knock off the Spurs.
Of course this series probably should be 0-2, but the veteran Spurs were resilient in this year's best postseason game so far. San Antonio nearly did the same last night, but Golden State learned from their mistake.
Regardless of what happens at Oracle Arena, fans should be excited for years to come.
San Antonio will have to find a way to extinguish the hot shooting of Curry and Klay Thompson, and no one at this point should think it will be easy. Popovich can make all the coaching adjustments he wants, but Curry was out there in Game Two making shots like he turned up the User AI on his 2K13 settings.
If the Spurs can get past Golden State, which they definitely can do, long term this match-up could develop in to a very fun rivalry.
The Warriors just need to figure out the regular season, and maybe we can see these two in the Western Conference Finals a few times, but for now, who would not love to watch Old School vs New School in the first or second round?
If anyone can figure out how to stop Curry, it's Popovich. I firmly believe that. So while it's worrisome right now, and it could be something to fear in the future, I like the idea of a Spurs-Warriors playoff rivalry. The West could use some new rivalries.
Tony Parker vs. Stephen Curry may be not the most favorable individual rivalry, but the differing styles, which may be more similar than I think, of these teams makes for great television. Especially as the Spurs ease in to, what I'm hoping is, the Kawhi Leonard Era.
I'd love to hear what others have to say about this.