Thursday, June 07, 2007

Tale of the Tape: Spurs, Cavs [David Stefanini]

Lets go position by position and see who has a better lineup.

PG: Larry Hughes vs Tony Parker. The experience obviously goes to Parker, as it will to every Spurs player in this series. Tony Parker is fast, explosive, and can hit that running jump shot like no one else can in the league. It will be hard for Hughes to keep up. On the other hand, Hughes is much bigger and more physical than Parker. I feel the Cavs should come out and look to get Parker in early foul trouble. Advantage: Parkers (Spurs)

SG: Sasha Pavlovic vs Michael Finley: Finley has been in big game situations before, whereas Pavlovic says, "My defense is my offense." Both can shoot the three, Pavlovic is better at driving, but Finley has the experience and defense. This one is a tie, but for sake of explosiveness I would take Pavlovic. Advantage: Pavlovic (Cavs)

SF: LeBron James vs Bruce Bowen. Unless Jesus Christ Himself was playing defense on LeBron, I would give the advantage to LeBron. Advantage: The King (Cavs)

PF: Drew Gooden vs Tim "Future Hall of Famer" Duncan. Wow this is a hard one. Duncan has multiple MVP, Finals MVP, and All-NBA awards. Drew Gooden has, well he has his collegiate career. Advantage: Duncan (Spurs)

C: Zydrunas Ilgauskas vs Fabricio Oberto. The fact that I can't spell either one of their names or pronounce, will play the same role these two will have in the series. Fabricio is a no name center who will be there to use fouls on LeBron. Ilgauskas can shoot the jump shot, but can't do anything else. Advantage: Ilgauskas (Cavs)

That makes the final count 3 - 2 in favor of the Cavs. However, the Spurs have a deeper bench and a proven coach. Not to mention the two positions that the Spurs have an advantage, they have two all-stars. And seeing how Michael picked the Cavs to win it in 6, I will say the Spurs will win it in 6.... just don't forget my heart is with LeBron and the Cavs.

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