San Antonio will look forward to a playoff schedule that calls for no back-to-back games or three games in three nights, although the Spurs swept all six of their games that were played on three consecutive nights. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Stephen Jackson will benefit the most with Tiago Splitter also appreciating the rest as heís dealt with some injuries himself this season.
All signs point to them making quick work of Utah, but the best thing about the way the playoff bracket shook up is that the Mavs, Thunder, and LA Lakers are all on the other side of the bracket. On the Spurs side is Utah, the Memphis Grizzlies, and LA Clippers. San Antonio went a combined 9-2 against those teams in the regular season and one of those games came with the Big 3 on the bench. This isnít the same Memphis Grizzlies team that beat the Spurs last year. Zach Randolph hasnít recovered from injury to carry the team the way he did last year and theyíre just not as good when Rudy Gay is running the show. Tony Parker has torched the Clippers whenever the two teams have played.
Oh, and most of those wins came without Manu Ginobili who will be healthy for the playoffs along with a fully healthy Spurs team that hasnít been this ready for the playoff since 2007Ö the last time they won a championship.
I'm penciling San Antonio into the Western Conference Finals. Hell, I'd write it in blood I'm so confident that they'll make it at least that far this year.