The San Antonio Spurs have quietly become one of the NBA's great dynasties.
We say quiet because the Spurs don't get the same attention as the NBA's glamour teams, such as the Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and even the Boston Celtics and their aging Big Three.
And the Spurs aren't nearly as popular as the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Clippers or the Oklahoma City Thunder, their opponent in the Western Conference finals.
Simply put, the Spurs aren't, and never have been, one of the league's "popular kids."
All the Spurs do is win, win, win -- without public contract squabbles, players threatening to get the coach fired and on-court bickering.
And you'll never hear the Spurs debating if it's "Tim Duncan's team" or "Tony Parker's team" or "Manu Ginobili's team."
The Spurs tied for the best record (50-16) and finished the regular season with a 10-game winning streak.
And now they're making a mockery of the playoffs -- sweeping the Jazz and the Clippers and taking a 2-1 lead over the Thunder.
So why are some fans still surprised by the Spurs' success?
In the 15 years coach Gregg Popovich and Duncan have been together, they have won four NBA titles (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007), and they're on the verge of one more.
If Popovich and Duncan win a fifth title, the Spurs must be included in any conversation about the NBA's greatest dynasties of the past 30 years.