Hard to argue with him. I do see the Spurs as being stronger than the Mavs in a lot of ways-- especially at full strength. They've not had nearly our injury issues this year and barely got in ahead of us. The fact that they've got both Dampier and Haywood means they've got more inside presence than before, but also negates their previous strength, which was being able to really spread us out and get TD away from the rim.
I also think this may be the year the Suns get their revenge on us. They are really playing strong ball and Goran Dragic gives them the backup they've never had in the Nash era. In past series vs. us, it would be Nash giveth and Barbosa taketh away, game in and game out. No more. Stoudemire actually seems to be doing some reboundin too, which is scary, and Channing Frye-- where did that come from?