Heat 3-peat won't be easy
The Sports Brothers | 6/5/2014, 9 a.m.
A whole lot of basketball fans must be asking themselves, “What did we do to deserve this?” One year after an epic Spurs-Heat matchup in the NBA Finals, here we are again.
As rapper Jay Z would say “Can I get an encore, do you want more?” Yes we do to be perfectly honest.
For the first time since 1998, the NBA Finals will be a rematch. San Antonio and Miami will go at it for top dog status for the second straight season, the Spurs secured their spot this past Saturday night by knocking off a tough Oklahoma City team in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. The Thunder fought hard behind league MVP Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook but OKC eventually ran out of gas. To beat the Spurs you have to be a complete team. That is what it will take for the Miami Heat to repeat what they accomplished a year ago. A complete team effort.
The Heat — the NBA‘s two-time defending champion — once again were able to get past their supposed rival the Indiana Pacers in six games. Despite Miami not securing the top seed in the East, Miami had little trouble in putting away Indiana for a third consecutive season.
The Spurs and Heat met twice during this season, both winning in dominating fashion at home. Game 1 of this year's Finals is Thursday night in San Antonio. The Spurs are motivated and feel a need to finish the job this year after they blew a 3-2 series lead a year ago. While vengeance is on the Spurs minds the Miami Heat are chasing history and will have to once again dispatch the winningest trio in NBA history in Ginobili, Parker and Duncan for the second year in a row to accomplish a three peat. This is a big time matchup. We are all in for a treat. Who could forget the magic of last year's series ?
The Spurs were up 3-2 in the series and were leading by five points with 28.2 seconds left in Game 6 at Miami, we all remember Ray Allen's miraculous 3-pointer capping a frantic finish as Miami forced overtime, and the Heat snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Miami then won an equally competitive Game 7, 95-88.
The Heat are back in the Finals for the fourth straight season and fifth time overall, beating Dallas in 2006, losing to the Mavericks in 2011, then knocking off Oklahoma City in 2012 and of course the Spurs last season. The Spurs — have long been one of the NBA's marquee teams — this will be a sixth trip to the championship round, and they could be just the fourth franchise with as many as five NBA titles. My prediction: Miami in six games, a healthy Dwayne Wade will pay huge dividends for Miami and the big three will get it done yet again. After all LeBron did say, not one, not two, not . . . let's just say this thing could go on for a while.