Posted April 28, 2012 on AP on Fox
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The San Antonio Spurs spent the lockout-shortened regular season resisting the inevitable comparisons to the one in 1999, when they won their first of four championships. But now that it's over? ''I guess if you look back and compare, yeah, it's a lot like that,'' Spurs forward Tim Duncan said Saturday. ''We hope it ends like that, too.'' They'll find out starting Sunday when the Spurs open the playoffs against Utah carrying their sixth No. 1 seed in the Duncan era. The Jazz, coincidentally, were arguably San Antonio's biggest threat heading into those 1999 playoffs, but Duncan and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich are the only relics left. Not even Jerry Sloan is still around, making this the first time since 1988 the Jazz are entering the playoffs without their iconic former coach at the helm. Instead, successor Ty Corbin has rode the emerging frontcourt of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap back to the postseason. So it's not 1999, but it's like plenty of NBA seasons since: Another youn...
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