In Case You Hadn’t Heard…
In case you have been living under a rock for the past week, or have been in an area where there is no connection to the basketball world, the NBA finals have recently concluded and the rematch between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs was simply a shell of the series that happened only a year ago.
Last year, the Heat and Spurs met up in the finals to play out what would be one of the best finals series of all time. Miami was in chase of their second straight title, while Duncan and the Spurs were looking to capture their fifth championship in their own big three era.
After taking a 3-2 series lead, Miami would need all the luck they could get. In a dying attempt to tie up the game, Ray Allen would hit one of the biggest shots of finals history off of a kick out to the corner from a Bosh offensive rebound.
Miami would go on to win that game, and force a game 7 back home. And in that game 7 they would make no mistake in closing out the series to capture their second straight NBA championship.
Fast forward to 2014 and we find ourselves with a rematch. Except this time it was two completely different teams. The Spurs this time around decided to save their absolute best basketball for last. They came out and put on an offensive clinic which would make any coach water at the mouth in utter dismay.
On their way to setting many record the Spurs played like they had something to prove. The Heat however were playing like the two time champions, and that is without a desire to win. You could also say that the play of some of the players for Miami did greatly compromise their chances at victory. For instance, neither Mario Chalmers or Norris Cole really had any impact except on defense… Where they were lit up by Tony Parker. In fact, the point guard situation was so bad, that in game 5, Heat coach Erik Spolstra actually started Allen in lue of Chalmers. Unfortunately for Heat fans this would have no substantial effect on the outcome of the game.
The true hero for the Spurs in this series however was starting small forward, and “future of the franchise” as proclaimed by coach Greg Popavich, Kawhi Leonard. Leonard played the best basketball of his career during this series, dominating on both ends, shooting the lights out offensively and pestering LeBron into way too many turnovers on the other end.
The Spurs would eventually win the series decidedly and Leonard was named finals MVP.
That would end this NBA season, which was a little bittersweet to say the least. It was nice for the Spurs to win, but sad to see the season end and have to mark our calendars for the end of this October. Looking forward to more amazing action next season, but even better, the off season moves could have substantial effect on the NBA next year. For example, where will Carmelo Anthony decide to go? What about Kevin Love? All of that and more will be resolved in the coming months along with what is one of the best drafts in recent history to compliment an already interesting summer.
Till then, enjoy some soccer…