by Yusuf Gadlin
The 2014 NBA Finals will be a rematch of last year. The Miami Heat will try to win their third NBA championship in a row against the San Antonio Spurs.
Last year this series went seven games and I’m expecting the same thing this year. The Spurs are going to rely on improved bench play and their old three-headed monster of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
The Heat boasts on their big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
The problem here is the Heat’s bench. I see no help coming in the finals besides Ray Allen and Norris Cole. Maybe a surprise appearance from seldom-used Michael Beasley is in order if the Heat want to three-peat. This series has the potential to be fast-paced and full of scoring or this series can be slowed down and played possession-by-possession. Ultimately two superstars in the highest order will decide this series.
That would be the Spurs Tim Duncan who may be playing his final season. He wants to win ring number 5 so bad that I’m expecting throw back performances all throughout this series.
Chris Bosh had better be prepared because the man that many consider the greatest power forward ever will be playing at a level that only one other player can match. That player is LeBron James. King James has to prove he can slay the Spurs without the blessings of “Jesus Shuttlesworth”.
Yes, LeBron was clutch in Game 7 last year nailing a 15-foot jumper to seal his second title. However, many felt Ray Allen saved his legacy in Game 6 as the Spurs were less than six seconds away from capturing there fifth championship. The shooting guard grilled a corner three that broke the spurs will to win in a Game 7.
LeBron will have to win in convincing fashion to assure us his legacy is no fluke. LeBron will have to deal with the Spurs Head Coach Greg Popovich throwing every trick in the book at him to knock him off his game.
How great is LeBron?
Ladies and Gentlemen, I don’t get excited much about a championship finals usually because I pretty much know who will win the series. But this one is different. This is truly about who is greatest, Tim Duncan or LeBron James ? Who will bring their team to the mountain top?
My prediction: Heat in 7 : LeBron puts on a show for the ages on the road in hostile San Antonio.
LeBron prevails and the Heat win their third championship in a row.