It’s not too certain if Carmelo Anthony is staying in New York, however Lebron James is returning back to his home state to play with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters and Kristan Thompson. Anthony is looking to test the waters in Chicago and in Los Angeles, looking to splash with Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant. James is looking to add NBA titles with Cleveland as he returns home.
After a year in Cleveland, the Cavs organization are giving him up to the Brooklyn Nets. Mentoring Kyrie Irving wasn’t good enough, so Cleveland has decided to move on. Jarrett Jack mentored Stephen Curry in Golden State before he came to join the Cavaliers and that wasn’t good enough either. So Jack is backing up Deron Williams in Brooklyn for a third point guard back-up experiment. Who knows what will become of the deal.
Jason Kidd’s leaving Brooklyn was a sign of wear for them as he signed to coach the Milwaukee Bucks. Lionel Hollins was signed by the Brooklyn Nets afterwards later today. Ben Gordon reached a deal with the Orlando Magic as he will play for them. Andrew Wiggins has gone first in the 2014 NBA Draft as he will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Marcin Gortat signed a five-year deal to stay with the Washington Wizards. Expect greater things from the Polish big man, Gortat, because he will help the Wizards contend after their surprise beating the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs this spring.
So the Spurs have done it. They’ve beaten the Miami Heat to win the 2014 NBA title. San Antonio has a mentality to win basketball games, not by having individual stars, but by having team players. They were a team in every way. In addition to that, Kawhi Leonard is the NBA Finals MVP. Leonard helped San Antonio contain Lebron James and it was a key factor. Miami tried to didn’t let up, but eventually their defense was their demise. The Heat defense isn’t what it used to be, and it showed this season.
The Miami Heat will look back on this and remark that one of their role players, a starting point guard named Mario Chalmers didn’t play his best game when he had the chance to perform. The other role players, like Chris Andersen, Ray Allen, and Norris Cole are contributing statistically-wise to the Heat success. Andersen provides grit and defense and rebounding and that’s all Erik Spoelstra is asking of him. Ray Allen, the sharpshooter, has seen success in winning an NBA title and wants to add another title to his resume. Allen provides veteran leadership and a shooting stroke that’s hard to master for many years. Cole has seen playing time behind Chalmers and is a spark plug when the Miami Heat need it. Cole and Chalmers haven’t shown up in the NBA Finals and they haven’t shown it that they needed to produce points when the team needed to win basketball games.
It was a runaway from the get-go. San Antonio scored at will and there was no turning back. The Heat looked awful. What’s there to explain in Game 4? The Heat played awful. Now, Miami has to be the first team to come back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the NBA championship. The Spurs are excited and are looking to put away Miami in San Antonio for Game 5. Can the Spurs do it and win Game 5?
The San Antonio Spurs put out a whooping 111 points here in Game 3 in Miami. Everybody on the Spurs contributed to the victory. No one was left unaccounted for. How do basketball commentators and analysts get to this? How does anyone explain Miami’s behavior in Game 3? The Heat didn’t come prepared to play, that’s for sure. If Miami continues not to show up like they did in Game 3, expect San Antonio to win the NBA title in Game 5. Lebron James, that’s no excuse. If this is your realm, you need to show Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli that this is your home court. Lebron, you need to show your talent to Duncan, Popovich, Parker, and Ginobli that you are capable of taking them on. How does the San Antonio Spurs explain this onslaught of the Miami Heat? Simple. The Spurs played better basketball. They moved the basketball, they found the open man, and shot the ball when they had an open shot.