NBA Playoffs: An In-Depth Phoenix vs. San Antonio Breakdown

May 3rd, 2010 by Matt Petersen Leave a reply »
The semifinal series feature interesting subplots, but three of them lack the qualities to make them spectacular. The Lakers are already on their way to ousting the injury-riddled Jazz, the Cavs squelched Kevin Garnett's best playoff performance since 2008, and Orlando should feast on Atlanta's soft interior. Thank the basketball Gods for the Suns vs. the Spurs series. This should be a six- to seven-game affair featuring bad blood, vengeful crowds and two teams seeking to establish or maintain their dominance over the opponent. What makes this series even more compelling is the relative vulnerability of both teams and the measures they've undertaken to minimize those weaknesses. Role players have stepped up, all-stars have stepped down and coaches have played their respective hands as well as they could have hoped for. As the series progresses, the pieces on the board will be moved and removed in a constant effort to stay one step ahead of the other team, or make one up if needed. Here's a look at where the pieces stand entering Game One.Begin Slideshow


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