It is the start of November and the Golden State Warriors are off to a start with Kevin Durant on board the Warriors squad. What will Durant do to help the Warriors come playoff time? Will he help Golden State with defense? There’s no question that San Antonio isn’t far behind with winning the 2017 NBA title now that Tim Duncan is retired. The Spurs have Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to help them win now. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli are aging, but it won’t be long until fresher legs arrive for them.
The Boston Celtics, behind Isaiah Thomas’s 42 points, have won Game 3 in Boston to cut the Atlanta Hawks’ deficit to 2-1 series lead. Also, Stephen Curry didn’t play in Game 3 and although the Warriors were lacking in having a point guard who could dribble and make shots, the Warriors made it close with Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson scoring. The Cleveland Cavaliers are up 3-0 and are one game away from eliminating the Detroit Pistons. Though, the Cavs have Lebron James and could use another strong perimeter defender like James on the wing, I think that the Cavs could be unstoppable. The San Antonio Spurs are an well-oiled machine with fresher legs like Kawhi Leonard and Lamarcus Aldridge, who can put the ball in the basket with veterans like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker lurking in the shadows. The Spurs are also up 3-0 on the Memphis Grizzlies and are one game away from eliminating the Grizzlies.
The Eastern Conference reserve stars consists of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, Paul Millsap, and Jeff Teague. This is Butler’s first time being here and also Teague’s. Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Chris Paul, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, and LaMarcus Aldridge headline the Western Conference reserves. This is Klay Thompson’s and DeMarcus Cousin’s first All-Star game. I expect this all-star game to be full of dunks and thrills.
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.
San Antonio is trying to erase the memories of last year’s NBA Finals. Tim Duncan is trying to predict this year in 2014, they’ll take the NBA title. Game 1 is in the books, and the San Antonio Spurs take Game 1. They are three wins away. The Spurs played a balanced game and it showed. Everyone on the Spurs team played team basketball. Now it’s up on the Heat to try and win Game 2 Sunday. What will the Heat do to seize the series and regain home court?
So it is set. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T center in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs get their rematch and they want this badly after what happened last year against the Heat in 2013. What will happen this time around? Will Tim Duncan play his usual post game? Will Spurs coach Gregg Popovich convince his team that they will be unbeatable? The Heat aren’t stoppable, this time around, because their defense has fallen down a bit. I mean, really, their defense isn’t where it used to be.
San Antonio advances at last. The Spurs do it by beating Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena 112-107 in overtime. The young athletic Thunder went against an advanced Spurs team who wins ball games with experience and veteran leadership. The Spurs went into the mindset aware that the Thunder are indeed a talented basketball team, but a veteran team full of older players was too much to overcome. Tim Duncan at 38, led the San Antonio charge. Now, the Spurs will try and exact revenge on the Miami Heat who are awaiting them in the NBA Finals. San Antonio couldn’t get rid of the Game 6 memory last year when they were up by seven points and leading with 7 seconds left to go and the Heat clawed back to tie the game and eventually, win Game 6. Game 7 was in Miami’s momentum and the rest is history. Now, the Spurs have a chance to redeem themselves.