It's no secret that the two things on San Antonio Spurs fans' minds as the Spurs enter the playoffs this weekend are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Spurs' big men.
The Spurs will look to extend the Lakers' five game skid tomorrow night and it appears that the Lakers, regardless of record, will be the one roadblock the Spurs will have to get past to make a run at the championship.
The Spurs are 2-1 against the Lakers this season, but the Lakers' one win was an embarrassment at the AT&T Center.
With that in mind, I asked Jazz forward Paul Milsap, who's team beat the Lakers recently and lost to the Spurs on Saturday, if there were any major differences between both teams.
"There's a difference but both of them get out there and play basketball," Milsap said. "They both have good team defense and both of them are pretty much the same."
One asset the Lakers have that could pose a problem for the Spurs are their dominant big men, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.
The Spurs have struggled at times playing against some of the league's bigger teams, and in four games against the Memphis Grizzlies, who are looking to be their first round matchup, Zach Randolph gave the Spurs headaches.
Against the Jazz on Saturday night, the bigs were a problem again, but the Spurs were still able to secure the win. In a game where Al Jefferson, Milsap, Derrick Favors and Jeremy Evans scored a combined 64 points, the Spurs combated that with outside shooting.
"That's simply how good their team is," Jazz center Al Jefferson said. "You can maintain their big three but still have the other guys on the team that beat you. That's how good their offense is."
Milsap echoed Jefferson's comments and said the Spurs' balanced scoring makes them special.
"They're tough," Milsap said. "That's what makes their team so special. They got guys that can come off the bench and score the basketball. They truly play basketball out there."
Asked if the Spurs might have trouble against some of the bigger teams in the playoffs, Favors said the Spurs have enough weapons of their own.
"The Spurs are a good team," Favors said. "They got other good players on their team too that can shoot the three and they got Duncan in the middle. They'll do fine."
The Spurs will have their chance to prove as much tomorrow night.
The Spurs knows what it takes to win! I believe in them. Their offense is clicking on all cylinders they just need to step up of 'D' a bit more. Go Spurs Go!
The main weakness for the Spurs is their frontline but as long as Duncan is healthy, McDyess and Blair doing their thing and Splitter helping out I don't see why they can't win it all this season.
The Spurs could have signed another big man but if Tiago can play significant minutes in the playoffs to spell Duncan or McDyess, I think they'd be fine. Go Spurs Go!
The Lakers have more length in Gasol, Odom and Bynum if the Spurs can get out of the 2nd round they will likely see the Lakers in the West Finals by then we will know how tough they really are and I like the Spurs chances of winning the title this season.
@TD21 I like the Spurs chances too but yeah they must avoid meeting the Lakers early in the playoffs.