Pick: Spurs (+5) over Heat
Man...it's been a while! Haven't had much time to share my thoughts on the sports world with you all. But tonight's the perfect opportunity to talk about the NBA Finals and the last 2 franchises to win the NBA championship in a lockout season. The Spurs defeated the Knicks in 1999 and obviously the Heat defeated the Thunder last year. After the All Star Break, I picked these two teams to meet in the Finals because I simply thought they were the two best teams. And let's not talk about my preseason pick of the Clippers to win the West. That was...well...regrettable.
This series has the potential to be a top 10 NBA Finals of all time. It's not necessarily a perfect match-up but the way the teams DON'T match-up well with each other makes it an interesting series and a battle of wills. Is Miami going to be able to create turnovers and get out in the open floor? Or is San Antonio going to punish the Heat with their outstanding ball movement? In my opinion, it comes down to one match-up: LeBron James v Tony Parker. Who's gonna guard who? We all assume that Kawhi Leonard is going to spend the majority of the Finals on LeBron but I have a feeling Popovich has something up his sleeve. Don't act like he's not watching the tapes of my Mavs giving LeBron that WERK 2 years ago in the Finals (#NeverForget). I'll be interested to see if the Spurs throw some type of zone at LeBron and see how he responds. But zone or no zone, Bron will be ready.
The even bigger question-mark is who is going to guard Tony Parker? There are a multitude of names that have been thrown out there: LeBron, Wade, Chalmers, Cole. I suspect that Erik Spoelstra will throw different bodies at Parker but when it comes down to crunch time, will LeBron guard him? That's definitely something I'll be paying attention to.
This is how I'll break it down:
PG - Parker v
C - Duncan v
Bench - Spurs v Heat (PUSH)
Coach - Popovich v
Prediction: Heat in 7
This isn't about 2007. This isn't about revenge. This isn't about redemption. This is about LeBron James capturing his 2nd ring and officially taking the league by storm.
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