Magic star Payton has Spurs winning NBA Finals

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By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--If Orlando's rising star Elfrid Payton is to be asked, he has San Antonio going to grab all the marbles this season.

In an interview with some scribes on Sunday during the final day of the Jr. NBA National Training Camp at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, Payton briefly explained, "They got a great coach and great players."

It seemed like the case as Coach Gregg Popovich, despite losing big man Tim Duncan to retirement during the offseason and point guard Tony Parker to a leg injury early into the Spurs' West semis against the Houston Rockets, was still able to buck a Game 1 disaster and led the Spurs to a Western Conference Finals date with the Golden State Warriors.

However, Payton, who is a guest coach for the said training camp, hinted that he has the much-anticipated league semifinal clash between the perennial West heavyweights going down the wire.

"I don't know. It's tough to say," he said.

Game 1 of the West Finals is set for Monday (Philippine Time) in Oakland.

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