We’ve done just about all the coverage you can handle about the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs over the past few days, before watching them play a single game against each other.
If you missed it, be sure to check out Chris Sheridan’s explanation on why he’s taking the Spurs in 7 in this video, Moke Hamilton’s list of five factors of the series (with staff predictions), and even President Obama’s preparations to watch the final series of the season.
We’ll start with some thoughts from Jalen Rose about why he doesn’t think Kobe Bryant will try to recruit Dwight Howard, and why he expects Howard to land in Houston. Here’s the Grantland video:
- LeBron James will never forget the Spurs celebrating on his home floor six years ago in Cleveland, from Stefan Bondy of Daily News: “The stench of an embarrassing sweep was impossible to read on a 22-year-old James in that moment, when Duncan told the youngster from Akron, “this is going to be your league,” and they hugged in front of reporters and cameras. But for James, this is hardly the fond memory it appears. ”It was cool for you guys,” he said at his press conference Wednesday. “It wasn’t cool for me.”… ”I have something in me that they took in ’07,” he says. “They beat us on our home floor (in Cleveland), celebrated on our home floor. I won’t forget that.”
- Bruce Bowen explained the difference between the LeBron from six years ago and the current version of him, from The Washington Post: “You can’t just win it on your own in the playoffs,” Bowen said. “It’s one of those deals where you’re learning, it’s on the job training in its best form. It’s those sink or swim moments. And he sank in two of those moments [against San Antonio and Dallas]. And now he’s starting to do things and, I mean, look at his season, he shot 56 percent from the field? That’s video game stuff. . . . He works so hard. I don’t think people really realize how much he works. I asked him once, What is it that motivates you? He said, ‘Bruce, I want to be the best.’ ”When asked how he would guard James now, Bowen said James has become so advanced that he has turned most opponents’ defensive schemes against them and still managed to come out ahead.”
- The Grizzlies have not given the Brooklyn Nets permission to speak with Lionel Hollins, according to Ronald Tillery of Commercial Appeal: