Alright sports fans, the 2013 NBA Finals have been set after the Heat finally took out the Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The playoffs have been a bit rough for Miami this season, but they’ve managed to make it to their 3rd straight NBA Finals appearance. But, they’re far from safe. They’ll be squaring off against the Dynasty that is the San Antonio Spurs.
Regardless of the outcome, one thing is for certain. This year the NBA Finals will be legendary. And, if you think otherwise, then check out the 6 reasons why you should watch the 2013 NBA Finals. It’s going to be one for the ages.
6. LeBron’s Revenge
While still in Cleveland, LeBron and the Cavs were swept by the Spurs during the 2007 Finals. This fact will become one of those storylines that ESPN and other sports analysts and commentators will beat in our heads until they explode with this constant reminder.
Even though that was another time and place, it doesn’t seem farfetched that LeBron hasn’t forgotten about that series. If he wants to prove he’s one of the best, he’s going to have to defeat one of the greatest teams in recent history.
5. It’s a Battle Between the NBA’s Elite
Like it or not, the Heat are the defending champs. And, they’re putting their title against arguably the greatest team of the past decade. The Spurs under Gregg Popovich are a perfect 4-0 in the finals, which is obviously an amazing accomplishment.
No matter how you break it down, Miami and San Antonio are two of the best teams in the NBA, and both have lots to prove. Miami needs to show the world that their “Big Three” experiment was worth it. While the Spurs are looking to remain undefeated in the finals. If Miami wins, it could be the passing of the torch, so to speak, as the league’s next dynasty. If the Spurs come out on top, it only adds to their legacy.
4. We Haven’t Seen This Matchup Since 2011
The Heat and Spurs have definitely played each other during the regular season, but for two of the hottest teams in the NBA, their squads haven’t faced each other at full strength since March, 2011.
During the condensed 2011-12 season, Wade and Ginobili were on the bench. This past season, Gregg Popovich sat his Big Three much to the chagrin of fans. When the second matchup between the Heat and Spurs arrived James, Wade, and Ginobili were out. Needless to say, it’s been a long time coming for fans to witness this epic battle. And, in case you’re wondering, Miami is 4-1 against San Antonio during the Wade/Bosh/James era. However, when both teams have been at full strength, the teams are 1-1.
3. Star Power
How often do you see a series for the championship, no matter which sport, that has this amount of star power? James, Wade, Bosh, Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili. It’s like watching an All-Star Game, but for something that actually matters.
2. Duncan and Popovich’s Swan Song?
Tim Duncan is 37 years old, which means he doesn’t have that much time left on the court. While nothing has been confirmed, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Duncan hung up his basketball shoes if the Spurs are victorious, like Ray Lewis did with The Ravens. Who wouldn’t want to go out as a champ? If Duncan does retire, it’s expected that Popovich will follow. If this happens, the 2013 NBA Finals will be the last time fans will catch one of the greatest coach/player duos in sports history.
1. All Hail The King
King James has earned that title this season. The current MVP is on a tear that has only been accomplished by one other player in NBA history. That player’s name is Michael Jordan. During the playoffs James has posted 26.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game on 51.4 percent shooting. Again, something that only His Airness has achieved. We’ll all be watching to see if James can keep those stats up during the matchup with Kawhi Leonard.
No matter the outcome, LeBron has had an incredible run. And, we can’t wait to see if he can take his talents and bring another title to Miami.
NBA Finals Schedule:
Game 1: San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat, Thursday, June 6 – 9:00 p.m. EST
Game 2: San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat, Sunday, June 9 – 8:00 p.m. EST
Game 3 Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs, Tuesday, June 11 – 9:00 p.m. EST
Game 4: Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs, Thursday, June 13 – 9:00 p.m. EST
Game 5: Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, June 16 – 8:00 p.m. EST
Game 6: San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat, Tuesday, June 18 – 9:00 p.m. EST
Game 7: San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat, Thursday, June 20 – 9:00 p.m. EST
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