Spurs' run of 20 straight ends (and they'll lose three more, too)May 31, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The mighty 20-game basketball NBA winning streak by the San Antonio Spurs should come to an end Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
The streak by the Spurs hasn't been really fun to follow for me, but San Antonio sure can run an offense. They must have the best ball movement in the league. They also know how to score in clutch situations.
Four of those wins in the NBA playoffs came to the hands of the Utah Jazz, my favorite team. I knew the Jazz were in trouble when Utah claimed the No. 8 seed, and the task was playing the No. 1-seeded Spurs from the Western Conference.
Being a Jazz fan, I didn't have a lot of high expectations for my team this year because they are very young, but it's never good when you are swept right out of the playoffs.
Before the NBA season started, in one of my columns I wrote that Oklahoma City would be playing all the way into the finals this year.
The predication was easy to make because the OKC has all types of young talent on the roster, and they were one of the favorites to go deep into the NBA playoffs.
Behind the play from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook the Thunder reached the Western Conference finals.
That's when trouble started, but I'm not going to change my pick from December.
Oklahoma City is 5-0 on its home court in the NBA playoffs, and the series should be 2-2 when the series return to San Antonio.
Yes, I know the Spurs have produced titles in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007, but the series is a long way from being over.
The Spurs do have superstars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili on their side. Parker has shifted into a higher gear in the first two games of the series. Ginobili can still score when he needs to put points in the basket, and Duncan still has a few more moves left in him.
The series is going to come right down to Game 7. It's going to be high scoring and fun to watch.
I say Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is going to figure out a way to eliminate the Spurs. The Spurs should run out of gas by the time the series hits seven games.
Either way, the Western Conference is no match for the Eastern Conference. The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics played a great Game 2 on Wednesday night, going into overtime before the Heat pulled out the win.
The Heat and the Celtics aren't lacking in star power names on both teams.
In the end, I want to see the Thunder face the Heat in the finals. The big first step of making that happen is beating the Spurs on Game 3 to give the crazy Thunder fans something to cheer about.