by Yusuf Gadlin
The San Antonio Spurs are your 2014 NBA Champions. They beat the Miami Heat 104-87 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
LeBron James led the Heat with 31 points and 10 rebounds and came out red hot scoring 17 first quarter points. But it wasn’t enough. The Spurs showed the heart of a champion Sunday night.
After LeBron put on a dazzling display in the first quarter, San Antonio just went to another level spearheaded by the new NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Leonard was amazing! He guarded LeBron like no other. He went toe-for-toe with the king and came out victorious. And, Manu Ginobili, once again, jumped into the hot tub time machine exploding for 19 clutch points.
I personally blame Shane Battier for his failed attempt to be a defensive presence. Battier got tangled with Ginobili and appeared to have tossed Manu to the ground. How did Ginobili respond? A cold blooded three-pointer right in Shane Battier’s face. Enjoy the retirement gift.
Tim Duncan finally captured his fifth NBA championship pulling him even with Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. Duncan vowed the Spurs would get four more victories to cease the title. He played like the best power forward in NBA history. (Did you See how Duncan schooled Udonis Haslem?) Duncan finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds and a nice size ring for his pinky.
Make no mistake the Spurs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Coach Gregg Popovich has already stated that he wants to continue as coach. Young Kawhi Leonard has the hunger to be the greatest. Super Sub Patty Mills can shoot it with the best of them and let’s not forget about the San Antonio “Big Three” in Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
Assuming this team stays intact, and they continue to play as a team, I see no reason why they shouldn’t go back-to-back.
Congratulations Spurs! You earned this championship. Your unselfish play proves that teamwork and Sacrifice trumps talent every time.