Let me start by saying I have the utmost respect for the Spurs (except when they hack a shaq chandler).  Ginobli has been getting better and better every year, with some saying he was an MVP candidate this year.  Duncan is the best PF to ever play the game.  He is fearless, often taking and making the big shot.  Tony Parker could be one of the most underrated players in the game (even after his finals MVP).  He’s fast, has a nice shot, is fearless and, like Duncan and Ginobli, has a killer instinct when its time to close out a game.  He also has a super hot wife, which he definitely gets points for.  Last night, this was all neutralized by the Hornets.

Last night the Spurs played the Hornets in Game 1 of the Western Semis.  First thing that occurred to me was that the Spurs did not have home court advantage.  I knew this before the game started but actually seeing the Spurs surrounded by yellow shirts in game 1 of the semis was very surreal.  The torch is passing.

The game itself was close til the end when the hornets, not the spurs, went into kill mode and put the champs away.  It was an incredible site to watch.  Chris Paul single handedly picked apart their defense and slaughtered the Spurs.  David West had the game of his life offensively and helped hold duncan to only FIVE points for the game.  Tyson Chandler grabbed every loose ball possible.  Peja sank his jumpers.  The result – a 19 point blow out win.

While everyone played great, especially west, it still all comes back to Paul.  Barring injuries, Paul will go down as one of the greatest PGs to play the game. Last night, when he took over, the spurs had no answer for him.  It was like he was toying with the Champs.  He was far and away the best player on the court at the end of the game and rightfully deserved the MVP chants.

In game 2 the spurs will make adjustments and duncan will score more than 5 points.  I still think the Spurs win this series because I give points for experience and for having the best PF ever.  But it will go the full 7 and the hornets will start next season as one of the favorites to win the title.