Originally posted by Joecool:
Spurs do play elite defense. BTW, what is the exact height diff between the spurs starting 5 vs pacers starting 5, +2?
I still can't get over the fact that SAS couldn't match up on the perimeter vs OKC because they didn't have the athleticism but MIA shut them down as I knew they would because of their elite perimeter defenders and now you have the same situation again when once again the Spurs will have to defend vs MIA wings and keep them from penetrating and making plays for themselves or others and racking up fouls on SAS bigs. Maybe SAS can do this, maybe they can't but I just don't see the athleticism to stop Wade, Lebron and Chalmers from penetrating. And Bosh has been taking Tim Duncan to task in the games I have seen them square off so I don't know what SAS does there.
The Pacers had the right athletes to match up with MIA on the perimeter size speed and physicality. Stephenson, George, and Young then you have a physically imposing frontline of Hibbert and West backed up by Mahinmi and Hansbrough. Might I add that out East defense is the emphasis as well as chippy physical play unlike most West squads. Pacers were willing to do the dirty work and make the hard fouls to try to unnerve MIA. SAS doesn't strike me as that type of team but if they try they will get owned by a gutter MIA team.
If you don't stop Lebron from being Lebron, you have no chance. The dude is unreal and he is only getting better year by year. He does everything on the court in at least 4 positions and he does it on both ends of the court at a level unmatched by his peers. SAS has a shot and I have been an admirer of theirs since they drafted Duncan but they won't have it easy and neither will MIA
[ Edited by Pillbusta on Jun 6, 2013 at 12:10 AM ]