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NBA Predictions: Spurs, Clippers the only legit title contenders from the West outside the Warriors

Chris Paul Knicks

The Golden State Warriors added Kevin Durant to an already strong line-up that made the NBA Finals twice the last two years. However, the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers match up well with the Warriors and can pull of the upset in the NBA Playoffs next year.

How can the Spurs or Clippers spoil the Warriors vs. Cavaliers trilogy from happening next year?

San Antonio Spurs – The Spurs will miss Tim Duncan’s leadership but the team might have improved this season with their new players. Pau Gasol is the better offensive player than Gasol and he takes over the veteran’s role with the team.

San Antonio still lacks explosive guards to keep up with the likes of Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, James Harden or Russell Westbrook but they have a reliable core in Kawhi Lenoard and LaMarcus Aldridge.

There are NBA rumors that the Spurs want to move on from Aldridge too if the big man does not prove his worth as a franchise player. So Aldridge will be motivated to play well without Tim Duncan.

With Gregg Popovich as head coach, the Spurs are always title contenders even when they are changing some key players.

Los Angeles Clippers – The Clippers and their “Lob City” core of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will always be competitive assuming they are 100% healthy.

Paul and Griffin will become free agents after the season so this could be the final year that both are in Los Angeles.

Paul is a very competitive player and wants to prove he can lead the team to the NBA Finals or the title before his career is over. Moving to another team is not an assurance that he’ll be playing for another title contender like the Clippers.

Head coach Doc Rivers has championship experience but must be able to maximize Los Angeles’ roster in the new season. Preserving Paul and Griffin and allowing them to be healthy by postseason are crucial.

Will the Clippers and Spurs have enough to beat the “Super Team” from Golden State?

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