Originally written May 28, 2013 on Bloguin Best:
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The last time the San Antonio Spurs were in the NBA Finals, Tony Parker was not quite a star and Tim Duncan was not quite over the hill (I think). Parker dominated that four-game sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by a precocious LeBron James, by averaging 24.5 points per game and shooting 56.8 percent. It was Parker's moment and emergence as one of the best point guards in the league. Finals MVP in tow, Parker has not quite carried San Antonio back to the promised land. Now he has. A 93-86 win over the Grizzlies was all about Tony Parker, as was this entire sweep in the Western Conference Finals it seems. Parker scored 37 points on 15-for-21 shooting and dished out six assists to lead the Spurs into the NBA Finals since 2007. Parker scored 24.5 points per game and 9.5 assists per game in the four-game series against the Grizzlies. It was Tim Duncan who came through in overtime in Games Two and Three but it was Parker who carried San Antonio through most of the series w...
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