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Spurs beating Blazers at own game

Tony Parker has been deadly from midrange, and Portland is seemingly powerless to stop it. Craig Mitchelldyer/USA TODAY Sports

The core question of an NBA playoffs series is one that has vexed basketball coaches since not long after Dr. James Naismith nailed a peach basket to a backboard: How do we balance playing to our strengths and taking advantage of our opponents' weaknesses?

This question has been at the center of the matchup between the San Antonio Spurs' offense and the Portland Trail Blazers' defense during their Western Conference semifinal series, which the Spurs will attempt to sweep tonight in Portland.