Are the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers real contenders for the Western Conference crown? This is the question that stands before you today. Tomorrow, I examine any other potential contenders out West beyond the Clippers and Spurs.
"The" San Antonio Spurs
There are lots of questions starting with Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. How much do they have left in the tank? Will Ginobili's and Duncan's bodies hold up through an even more intense playoff schedule than usual? Can some of the significant lesser known players (well unless you're a hoops junkie) on the Spurs roster--Danny Greene, Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal--be significant contributors during a playoff run? Will Tony Parker be able to hold his end of the bargain as the first and second option a lot of nights through the playoff run? Can Richard Jerfferson continue his sterling play during the regular season and carry it over into the postseason?