NBA: 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Interested In The NBA FInals
After listening to much of the chatter around me these past few days, I have come to the conclusion that this was not the ideal matchup every NBA fan desired. Based on the four remaining teams, the Spurs and Heat were probably the least liked teams from the majority of the nation.
I have the feeling a Heat-Thunder or Pacers-Spurs matchup would have alleviated some negativity from fans who have grown tired of the same old teams.
The Spurs are the aging group that never seems to grow old enough to become irrelevant. Whereas the Heat are the NBA’s flashiest product, winning with the big contracts in the big city.
This will be an entertaining series, however. In fact, here are 7 good reasons why the 2014 NBA Finals are worth paying attention to:
1. This is the rematch. Last year’s game 6 remains as one of the most thrilling finishes in Finals history. The Spurs held a 3-2 lead in the series, and were thirty seconds away from an NBA title when Ray Allen came through in the clutch. Allen helped erase a 5 point deficit in the final minute of game 6. After that, the Heat took care of business in game 7 and won their second consecutive championship. You better believe the Spurs have a bad taste in their mouth still. Throw out any regular season matchup stats between these two. There is no doubt San Antonio will be seeking revenge.
2. This Spurs squad is still legendary. As NBA fans and analysts, we should be thankful for the San Antonio Spurs. How often do you find such a dominant squad that manages to stick together year after year? These guys never fill up the sports headlines over the summer talking about contract issues with players threatening to leave. We are witnessing an aging team that somehow has not lost much of a step. While the Spurs have never won back to back titles, it is hard not to think of San Antonio as a dynasty. Years down the line, NBA fans will still clearly remember the faces of this great squad. Duncan, Parker, Ginobili. Led by the legendary Gregg Popovich.
3. This Heat team will not be together forever. The fact that James, Wade, and Bosh have been able to win championships together is something pretty special. This year’s NBA Finals will be one of the last opportunities, if not the last, to see these guys play in a Finals game together. After this season, all 3 have the option to look other places. While I think LeBron and Miami figure something out, will all 3 remain in a season or two? Seems unlikely the way the NBA moves guys around.
4. The games will be closer than most think. Often people make the mistake of simply looking at the Miami starters versus San Antonio’s. It is critical to take into consideration the depth San Antonio has on their bench. All the money thrown into the pot for LeBron, Bosh, and Wade makes it hard to fill the bench with superior contributors. Also, behind the aged players of San Antonio, stand some outstanding young guns like Kawhi Leonard. Miami’s starters cannot play every minute of every game. It might be during the stars’ absence where the Spurs produce most of their scoring runs. I am curious to see how Erik Spoelstra will manage the minutes of his stars. He knows very well the depth San Antonio holds on their bench.
5. This series has LeBron James. Should I elaborate more? Love him or hate him, LeBron is not only the best player in this series, he is the face of the NBA. Throughout this postseason, people can see the determination on LeBron’s face. He wants the three-peat. Kevin Durant may be the MVP of the regular season, but James would be taken ten times out of ten times if owners were given the choice. Anyone who keeps up with the NBA can see the development and maturation James has grown with since joining Miami. James finally recognizes that he is the most elite player on the floor every night, and no one can completely stop him. In the three closeout games from each of the playoff series, James is averaging just above 28 points per contest. Having the greatest athlete in basketball on the court is an obvious reason to tune into the Finals.
6. There will be mistakes made by the officials. Show me a close 6 or 7 game series where the officials have not come into play, impacting the game in some fashion. Whether it be a missed call, Joey Crawford antics, an out of bounds debate, or an obvious foul call error, there will be some sort of drama this year. As the minutes wind down in each 4th quarter, the pressure always influences the officials in some way. Expect to see a couple calls that are talked about by the media and at work the next day. Hopefully the officials leave enough freedom to the players in deciding the definite outcome in each game. For the most part, the officiating is spot on. Just don’t be surprised if they make the headlines too.
7. The dog days of summer are upon us. I can only hope that anyone who calls themselves a sports fan is enjoying what is happening right now. The NHL Stanley Cup series. The NBA Finals. The Triple Crown drama. With baseball slowly making its way along, and football off in the distance, this is all we as sports fans have right now! The NHL playoffs have been a true gift, providing some of the best hockey action anyone could ask for. California Chrome is the odds on favorite to be the first Triple Crown winner in more than 30 years. And the NBA is providing fans with two of the most fascinating teams, squaring off for the championship title. Immerse yourself while you can sports fans. It’s going to end quickly. Enjoy June. Watch the Cup. Watch the Belmont Stakes. Watch the NBA Finals. 92 days until football.