Never bet against the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs

RYAN HERRING, Sports Columnist

With the NBA post-season in full swing we shift our focus to the top teams in the league. We also start projecting who will win the NBA Finals. It seems like everyone has a good idea who is heading to the promised land before the playoffs start.

With each series being seven games, the better teams usually pull it off, making upsets uncommon. The best players on the best teams get the job done.

This year everyone is pointing to the the Golden State Warriors, for good reason. They just recorded the best record in NBA history. Also, people are pointing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James has taken his team to the finals the last five years and with the way he is playing and the talent he has around him, it is looking like that number is going to extend to six. These are the two favorites that would potentially set up a finals rematch from last year.

These are two solid picks, but there is one team that a lot of people don’t seem to be talking about and they should be – the San Antonio Spurs.

It seems to be a common theme for the Spurs to be quietly (very) good and then sneak up on everyone in the playoffs. That is exactly what Gregg Popovich and his team want.

They don’t like dominating media headlines or being the topic of discussion. They just want to play team basketball and win games, which is exactly what they do.

The reason they win games is because of the leadership from these people: Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. Popovich and Duncan have won five NBA titles with the Spurs and Tony Parker has won four.

If you throw in Manu Ginobili to that mix then you have a trio of guys who have won 123 playoff games with their coach, making them the winningest playoff trio of all time.

The San Antonio Spurs seem like they are getting old, and they are. Tim Duncan is 40, Manu Ginobili is 38 and Tony Parker is 33, but year in and year out they prove to us they still are a valuable threat in this league.

They went an impressive 67-15 this regular season, which is insanely good, while all the talk was on the Warriors record breaking season and what LeBron James said, thought or ate that day.

I’m not saying the Spurs are my pick to win the finals. The Golden State Warriors just notched the best regular season of all time and have Steph Curry, who is quite simply just unbelievable right now with his 400-plus made threes this season.

All I’m saying is don’t sleep on the Spurs. They’ve been impressive all year and have carried that with them so far this postseason. If there is a team out there that can beat this record-breaking Warriors team, I think it is them. Not to mention, we all have learned our lesson to never count the Spurs out come playoff time. All they do is win, win, win.