The NBA playoffs got underway this weekend and it’s going to be epic.

In a recent blogs back in March I recall saying March Madness as the greatest spectacle in sports, and I stand by my words—but  I would also like to add, the NBA playoffs  is right up there with March Madness.  

First round of the playoffs started Saturday April 20, 2013. The first game saw the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 85-78, behind a red hot shooting Carmelo Anthony’s 36 points on ABC. The other matchups on Saturday are Golden State Warriors at the Denver Nuggets on ESPN; the Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets; and the night cap, Memphis Grizzles will play at the Los Angeles Clippers also on ESPN.

Sunday’s first Round games are Atlanta Hawks at the Indiana Pacers on TNT; Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs; Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat on TNT; and the Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder also on TNT.

As I stated earlier, the NBA playoffs are going to be epic. There will be drama and lots of excitement.

Last night, on the eve of the start of the NBA playoffs, it was laughable listening to the so-called sports experts all but handed the Larry O'Brien Trophy to the Miami Heat long before the whistle blew to start the first game.

I agree the Heat has LeBron James who in all likelihood will pick up his fourth MVP award this year; along with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh—but mark my words, the Heat will not repeat this year. The Miami Heat will have very little trouble advancing through a weak Eastern Conference, but will run into a tough matchup in the NBA Finals, with the San Antonio Spurs emerging as the Western Conference Champs.

My prediction is that the Spurs will win the Larry O'Brien Trophy one more time before Tim Duncan retires.

Here are the Reasons Why:

The Spurs are built for the playoffs. Unlike last year’s debacle (Heat-Thunder finals mismatch) this year’s NBA finals will be better contested. The San Antonio Spurs are tough, gritty, and can match-up well against the Heat. The Spurs have veteran leadership in, Tim Duncan who this year for some reason has found the fountain of youth; as well as Tony Parker, and the always pesky Manu Ginobili. It is this dynamic trio coupled with the young talents of Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and a deep bench that make them one of the more dangerous threats to win the NBA Championship this year.

Noteworthy, among active NBA players with the most playoff games played, the quiet assassin Tim Duncan is third all-time behind Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant—just saying.

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