With the Western Conference Finals in the books and a rematch with Miami on the horizon, the San Antonio Spurs are shifting their focus onto what has been their main priority all season: winning a championship. Tim Duncan, for one, is feeling very confident that it’s going to happen.
Speaking after last night’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Duncan said “We're excited about it. We've got four more to win. We'll do it this time.”
Of course, you’ll remember that the Spurs essentially had the title sewn up last year, leading 3-2 in the series and holding a five point lead with 28.2 seconds to go in the fourth quarter of Game 6. Even though it all fell apart, the Spurs will have a shot to exorcise that demon this year in the first Finals rematch since the Bulls and Jazz met in 1997 and 1998.
It’s not all that shocking that Duncan is confident; would we honestly expect him to come out and say, “I don’t know if we’ll win, honestly it seems like a toss-up to me,” or something like that? The way the Spurs have played this year, they have every right to believe they will win this series.
Unlike last year, they’ll have home court advantage, meaning Game 7 will be played in their own building. And it sure does feel like this is going seven.