After nearly a week of no basketball that has been tough on fans, especially me, Game One of the 2014 NBA Finals will go down tonight in San Antonio.
Last week, we seen the Miami Heat take care of Paul George and the Indiana Pacers in a decisive Game Six victory at home. On the other side of the bracket, the San Antonio Spurs sent the league MVP, Kevin Durant, and his partner in crime, Russell Westbrook, headed home after six games as well.
Miami has looked to have a pretty easy path to the NBA Finals. They breezed through the first round by sweeping former Jazz man Al Jefferson and the Charlotte Bobcats. Then, the Brooklyn Nets tried their hands at beating a Heat team that they won all four games against in the regular season, but came up well short as the Heat made it look fairly easy. The Eastern Conference Finals were the big match up that everyone wanted from the beginning of the season. We got the match up, and the Pacers choked.
During the playoffs, LeBron James has been doing what LeBron James does. James is averaging 27.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game during the first three rounds. Aside from what James playing like he normally does, a lot of Miami’s success during these playoffs can be credited to Dwyane Wade playing great. Wade is looking like the Wade of old, averaging 18.7 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. When the two of them are playing like they have been, they’re tough to beat. However, if there is one team that can stop them, it has got to be the Spurs.
San Antonio is looking to avenge their loss in last year’s NBA Finals to the Heat. If you didn’t see the shot, which I’m positive you all have, here is what has the Spurs out for revenge this year.
The Spurs got the playoffs off to a tough start. Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks took them to seven games before the Spurs were able to fight them off. Then, the Spurs looked nearly flawless in a match up with Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. The Spurs bigs then helped push them past the Thunder in a series that I personally thought would be a little more exciting. The majority of the games were blowout wins by the home team.
The Spurs version of their “Big 3″ of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili has been good this post season, but the injury to Parker is something to keep an eye on. The three Spurs have combined to score 48.0 points per game in these playoffs. Parker, however, has had a couple games with limited production thanks to the ankle injury he suffered during their series against the Blazers.
Which team has the edge here? There are going to be a lot of different opinions heading in to tonight, but it seems to be fairly split so far. Yesterday, a few of the editors from around the Fansided’s NBA Division, got together and submitted their picks and quick explanation on who will take home the trophy this year. Below is a list of who was picked. Who do you have?
|Josh Haslem||Purple & Blues||Spurs in 5||Ball will bounce San Antonio's way|
|Matt Cianfrone||Pelican Debrief||Heat in 7||LeBron James|
|Rami Michail||The Smoking Cuban||Spurs in 6||Tim won't lose again|
|Michael Saenz||Sir Charles In Charge||Heat in 6||D-Wade & #FreeBeasley|
|Chris Manning||Right Down Euclid||Heat in 6||LeBron James|
|Nicholas Whalen||Behind The Buck Pass||Spurs in 7||San Antonio won't let it slip away again|
|Brian Boake||Raptors Rapture||Spurs in 7||Last year was lucky for Miami|
|Aaron Somers||Fansided||Spurs in 3||Anti-LeBron|
|Michael Dunlap||Hoops Habit||Heat in 6||Wade/LeBron|
|Drew Corrigan||The Sixer Sense||Heat in 6||Tony Parker injury vs LeBron|
|Valerie Morales||Lake Show Life||Heat in 6||LeBron James|
|Brad Rowland||ATL All Day||Spurs in 7||San Antonio has the better TEAM|
|Cody Powers||Purple & Blues||Spurs in 7||San Antonio is on a mission for revenge|
|Bill Simpson||Air Alamo||Spurs in 7||Timmy is not losing|
|Mike Catalino||Nugg Love||Spurs in 6||Spurs get their revenge!|
|Adam Best||CEO of Fansided||Heat in 6||Tony Parker injury vs Wade/LeBron|
|Scott Davis||Buckets Over Broadway||Heat in 6||Spurs health/age|
|Jacob Rude||Fansided||Spurs in 6||Ray Allen won't be left open|
|David MacKay||Rip City Project||Spurs in 7||GINOBILI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Ronald Agers||Pippin Ain't Easy||Heat in 6||LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, overall game plan|