After another amazing NBA regular season in which the San Antonio Spurs defied the odds once again to become the number one seed in the Western Conference for a second straight season, the fear of getting knocked out of the first round of the NBA playoffs by the eighth seeded Utah Jazz was a major concern.
Last season the Spurs were blinded by the up-and-coming Memphis Grizzlies in the first round and were both outmatched and outplayed better younger team on the rise. This time around that wasn’t the case as reigning NBA Coach of the Year making sure his team was ready and prepared for the scrappy Jazz.
Injuries have been a concern for the Spurs throughout the regular season with star guard Manu Ginobili going down not once but twice over the course of the shortened season, but San Antonio has still been able to prevail and did just that with an impressive four-game sweep of Utah.
There’s no question that the Jazz are a talented young team on the rise in the Western Conference in the post Jerry Sloan. The loss of Deron Williams via trade was devastating last season, but this team continues to move forward with forwards Paul Milsap and Al Jefferson leading the way. Unfortunately, that two-headed monster in the paint wasn’t enough to hold off veteran superstar Tim Duncan and the always dangerous point guard Tony Parker.
Despite giving the Spurs a run for their money for the first time in the first-round series in Game 4, San Antonio was just too much for the younger Jazz. The late run by the Jazz was threatening to turn the game around and force a potential Game 5, but the Spurs held tight and prevailed, 87-81.
With the sweep of the Jazz, the Spurs will await their next opponent which will be either the Memphis Grizzlies or the Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles is currently leading the series, 3-1.
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