On March 19 this year, we prematurely “coronated” the Miami Heat as champions. We were unaware that their eventual foe would be a formidable, fearless, battle-tested, veteran team – The San Antonio Spurs. The first round injury to Russell Westbrook effectively eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder which had the best record in the West during the regular season. Most would still pick the Heat in a landslide against the Thunder.
Here we are with game 1 tonight – the Spurs representing the West and the Heat representing the East for all the marbles – the 2013 NBA championship.
Who wins this exciting matchup? The MVP and the widely recognized best player in the WORLD, LeBron James OR the 4-time NBA champions led by future Hall of Famers Tim Duncan and San Antonio Spurs.
Many variables to consider: coaching, bench, defense, 3 point shooting, home-court advantage, 2-3-2 format and more.
Coach: Edge to the Spurs
Bench: Edge to the Spurs
Defense: Spurs again
3 point shooting: Even
The Spurs are a daunting task to Miami’s repeat hopes. Love this matchup for all those that feel the NBA is rigged! For Miami to win back to back titles and get LeBron his 2nd ring and Dwayne Wade his 3rd title, they will have to endure ferocious defense, get help from others outside LeBron and rebond the Ball. On the other hand, for the Spurs to win and get their 5th title, they will have to keep LeBron in check, keep Bosh & Wade subpar and steal homecourt advantage.
With so many factors favoring the veteran Spurs, should we reconsider crowing the Heat? Will the BEST PLAYER on the Planet raise the trophy? Or will the BEST TEAM on the Planet win? I’ve changed my mind back and forth all week.
For the first time in years, I feel like both teams deserve it! Tim Duncan could cement his already marvelous resume by tying Kobe Bryant with 5 titles. The veteran Spurs have had an impressive playoff run. They swept the Grizzles in the conference finals. Greg Popovich is 4-0 in 4 trips to the Finals. The Heat are in 3 consecutive finals. Lebron is in his 4th NBA finals. He has revenge on his mind. He can silence his critics even more by raising the trophy.
Decision time – I have gone back and forth all week. With gametime in 6 hours, I’ll force myself to make a decision now. Heat in 6 or 7.
Why? It wouldn’t surprise me if the Spurs won. It’s that close. But I’m choosing the team with Homecourt advantage AND the team with the best player. I feel LeBron will put the Heat on his back and carry them to victory. Star Power.
Repeat- the Miami Heat in 6 or 7 games. Sticking with Crowing the Heat (already)!
– King of Hoops
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