I can't remember the last time I heard a network commentator pick anybody but San Antonio to win the NBA playoffs. Ignored all season while Miami and Oklahoma City collected all the attention, the Spurs suddenly are beloved.
In the TV, website and newspaper business we like to champion the teams and athletes nobody else does. It's the reason several writers have collectively decided that NASCAR's Kurt Busch is all right. Problem with the Spurs is that everybody has decided they're all right.
I like the unselfishness with which they play and the talent they have collected, and that includes former Charlotte Bobcat Boris Diaw. But in the NBA a team usually goes the way its stars do. The Spurs don't have anybody as good as OKC's Kevin Durant. Some nights they won't have anybody as good as James Harden and, when he's on, Russell Westbrook.
Duncan has been great but San Antonio's path has been easy. When Duncan is challenged and has to play a lot he easily could wear down. If he does, Tony Parker will have to carry the Spurs.
Regardless of who your team is, the playoffs have been compelling. If Durant isn't doing it out West LeBron James is doing it in the Midwest. The OKC-Los Angeles Lakers series is basketball at it's most intense. If you care who wins -- I'm a professional sportswriter and thus objective but go OKC -- you're drained by the end.
Sports, at their best, are supposed to provide a viewing experience that will wear you out because you invest so much emotion and because you're mesmerized by the twists and surprises and big plays.
The NBA playoffs are sports at their best.