Thursday, June 6, 2013

Heat Vs Spurs... NBA Finals Predictions

Let The Games Begin!

Tonight is the night.  Finally, the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs engage in battle for league supremacy.  The battle of the "Big 3's" are in full effect.  Now the question is, who has the edge?

By Haz Bey
The San Antonio Spurs are coming off a 9 day layoff after sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies en route to the franchise's 5th appearance in the NBA Finals.  Their batteries are recharged, their legs are fresh and they run the most efficient offense in basketball.  The Spurs' core group consist of the league's best coach in Gregg Popovich, the league's best point guard in Tony Parker, the league's best big-man in Tim Duncan and the dynamic sixth man Manu Ginobili.  This core group has won 3 NBA Titles (2003, 2005 & 2007).  Coach Pop and Tim Duncan has won all 4 of the franchise's NBA Titles together.  The core unit is now mixed with young, athletic role players that just flat out do their job.  Danny Green, Kwahi Leonard, Tiago Splitter & Gary Neal are perfect pieces to the Spurs championship puzzle.  Reliable veteran Boris Diaw can handle the basketball, play in the post and shoot from the outside.  Along with Matt Bonner, DeJuan Blair, Cory Joseph and former All-Star Tracy McGrady as back-up, the San Antonio Spurs are deep enough spoil the Miami Heat's chances at a repeat.

The Miami Heat have LeBron James.  There is no answer for him.  No matter what the Spurs will try to do, bottom line,  he is going to get his numbers.  Coach Pop, recognizes that, so the key to the Spurs winning this series will be how the Spurs guard everybody else.  Dwyane Wade is not himself right now due to the bone bruise to his knee.  Chris Bosh is struggling, majorly.  The way Ray Allen is playing, I do not even realize that he is on the Heat's roster. There is no ands, ifs or buts that Miami's stars must play at a higher level than they did in that physical, grueling 7 game series with the Indiana Pacers.  The Spurs will capitalize on all of Miami's mistakes.  The Heat's main job is to limit those mistakes and do give LeBron James the help he needs to so he doesn't have to take matters into his own hands for all 48 minutes of each game of this series.

Both teams have championship experience.  Both teams has MVP quality players.  Both teams can win this series.  My prediction is that this series will go 7 games and I have the Miami Heat repeating as champions.  I believe that the Spurs have the better team, but LeBron James is the has the ability to take over games on both ends of the floor and with his legacy on the line, I believe he will find a way to will his team to a series victory.  So I have the Heat in 7 over the Spurs.  Enjoy the NBA Finals.  If it goes the way I predicted it, then we are in for a very entertaining series.