Well tonight is game one of the 2014 NBA finals! An NBA Finals rematch between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs will host the 2-time defending champs, the Miami Heat.
Heat fans you all remember Miami outlasted San Antonio in a thrilling seven games series last year!
The Spurs were three clear with five seconds left and staff at Miami’s American Airlines Arena started roping off areas in anticipation for a celebration! SMH!
Then Ray Allen did what he does best, hit a circus 3-pointer to tie it.
The Heat prevailed in overtime to force a Game 7, which Miami won by seven in South Beach.
Spurs fans can’t forget and are looking to dethrone the champs.
I can’t wait!
The MIAMI HEAT
The Miami are looking to become the first franchise to three-peat as NBA champions since the 2000-2002 Los Angeles Lakers.
To win a championship, the Heat will need to win at least once in San Antonio, which has the home-court advantage.
Miami would prefer to steal a road win and then end this at home in Game 6.
Lebron James is the best player in the world and has won the NBA MVP award three times (in 2009, 2010 and 2012). He has won the All-Star Game MVP award twice (2006 and 2008). He won the NBA Finals MVP award in 2012 and 2013.This will be his fifth time going to the NBA Finals (2W-2L).
LeBron will be key but Dwayne Wade and Chis Bosh will play crucial roles. Although somewhat inconsistent this season, Bosh has played well against the Spurs. And unlike last year, Miami has a very healthy D-Wade!
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THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS
The Spurs are the most successful NBA team since the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls teams of the 1990s and are seeking to claim their fifth title!
Most sports analysts predict the Spurs to win this series in seven.
The Spurs’ depth gives them a greater margin for error, and their chemistry on both ends right now is second-to-none. Importantly, San Antonio has been playing against high level competition for the last few weeks, while Miami will likely face an adjustment period after playing a depressed Eastern Conference and an offensively-deficient Indiana team. I like the Spurs to exact revenge for 2013 and I think they will, poetically, get it done in Game 6 this time around.” Ben Golliver
Tim Duncan is a 14-time All-Star, a four-time NBA champion and the best rebounder and post scorer in this series. He averaged 21.4 points in the regular season, including 23.0 vs. the Heat, so you can expect more of the same.
Tony Parker and forward Manu Ginobili make up the other “Big Three” for the Spurs. I question Parker’s health for tonight, remember he was taken out halfway through last Friday’s game with OKC with an ankle injury. If they lose Parker it would be a big problem for the Spurs. They need the French point guard has developed into their most valuable player over the last few seasons as Duncan and Ginobili have evolved into veteran leadership roles.
The Spurs and Heat this season split two regular-season matchups, with each team winning on its home court.
Here are the key player match ups I think we need to watch:
LeBron James versus Kawhi Leonard
Dwayne Wade versus Manu Ginóbili, and/or Danny Green
So who do you pick?
The Miami Heat or San Antonio Spurs?
Well you already know who I got! For the Record the Heat (LeBron James) in six!
Note: In looking for differences from last year’s Finals to this year’s, the format might be the biggest change. The NBA implemented a 2-2-1-1-1 format for this Finals as opposed to the 2-3-2 version of a year ago. Also, Miami had home court advantage in 2013 and this year it belongs to San Antonio, which finished with the best record in the NBA
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