The Atlanta Hawks have been swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-99 and marks the second time that these Hawks have been eliminated by a Lebron James-led basketball team for a second straight time. Atlanta is built for playing a certain pace in basketball, however they were not meant to play at a superstar’s pace like Lebron James. Toronto and Miami are tied at two games apiece and Kyle Lowry has to have big games against Dwyane Wade. Lowry in the clutch will overcome Wade’s shooting performances, I guarantee it. Wade does shoot clutch, but Lowry relies on his spacing to get off his shot. The Golden State Warriors welcome back Stephen Curry, as the Dubs beat the Portland Trail Blazers in overtime to take a 3 games to 1 series lead. As the NBA playoffs winds down to the final four, OKC wins Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead against San Antonio. I can see a Warriors-Cavs NBA Finals matchup shaping up.
We have two Game 7s between the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Hornets. What is it with Toronto not being able to finish Game 6 and move on? This will definitely haunt Toronto and they might be able to survive round 1 of the NBA playoffs. Miami wins Game 6 97-90 because they wouldn’t give up. They know too much about being defeated. It’s veterans like Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem that will let opponents wear down, after seeing them down. We know that Golden State will play a full game with a whole team without Stephen Curry against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Warriors probably won’t let an injury to them bother them, but it will sting playing against the San Antonio Spurs, who don’t have an injury. The Spurs will have their hands full handling Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder.
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.
As he got cramps in Game 1, Lebron James wondered if he was going to get over it in Game 2. He scored 35 points on this night to bring the series to a 1-1 tie and the series shifts to Miami. He was unstoppable as Miami is trying to tell San Antonio, “Hey, we’re playing it right too,” and having a tandem of Chris Bosh and Rashard Lewis definitely tries and open up the Heat’s bigs on perimeter shooting. What will the Heat do for an encore? They have Game 3 in Miami. How do the Spurs try and adjust to the Heat following their Game 2 loss?