Western Conference Finals is Synonymous With the Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trailblazers in game five of the Western Conference Semi-finals winning the series 4-1.  In doing so, the Spurs advance to the Western Conference Finals for the third straight season.  More impressive, the Spurs have advanced to the Conference Finals a league leading nine times in the last sixteen seasons.  Do the math, folks, that's 57% of the time in the Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan regime.  Did you notice where I said "league leading?"  Not the Lakers, not the Heat, not the Celtics, the Spurs.

More impressive than just making the Western Conference Finals more times than any other team since 1998, in their previous eight trips, they have won five with all but one (last season) resulting in a Larry O'Brian Trophy.  Meaning 62% of the time they make it to the Western Conference Finals, they're going to win and 80% of the time they make the Finals, they win.  

Basically, the Spurs are like the fragrance, Sex Panther from Anchor Man:

Now the Spurs get to sit back and rest up while watching the Clippers and Thunder drain each other both emotionally and physically in what I think will be a seven game series.  One thing is for sure, if the Spurs continue moving the ball and shooting as well as they did vs the Blazers, neither of these two will have a shot at beating them four times.