I have been a firsthand witness to a pair of threepeats: The Chicago Bulls in 1998 and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002. I am about the become a witness to a third. And you know why I’m saying that on the eve of the 2014 NBA Finals? Because the best player on the planet is playing for the Miami Heat, and no matter how good of a team he is facing — and the San Antonio Spurs are indeed a
There were times during this long, entertaining and unpredictable NBA season that the possibility of something other than a Heat/Spurs Finals was real. But that does not mean it’s not the result that we were hoping for all along. Last years NBA Finals deserved this rematch. And that is what we are going to get starting Thursday. And for the San Antonio Spurs, this is their one chance at redemption.
As the San Antonio Spurs closed out the Western Conference Finals in a 112-107 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the stage is now set for the 2014 NBA Finals. For the second year in a row the Spurs will face off against the reigning champions the Miami Heat, in a rematch that will surely be worth the hype. After taking Miami through a grueling 7 game series last season, San Antonio will be looking to redeem their selves this year.On
The NBA conference finals normally bring out the best that the game of basketball has to offer. More often than not, the four best teams remain, and if we’re lucky, the best players on the planet. We are treated to some combination of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu and Paul George every night. These players give us performances to praise night in and night out. And sometimes they don’t. And it’s when they don’t that we
We have decided to bring back the Three-Man Weave, which we did for a while back in the day before the guest authors turned their answers into SAT essays. While emphasizing no extra page clicks and answers around 100 words or so, we address Paul George’s whining, Frank Vogel’s future and Serge Ibaka’s impact.
As the forces of nature push toward a rematch in the NBA Finals, fans may be treated to the end of the two current mini-dynasties. All teams have a life span measured in a small number of years, and both of these teams are nearing the end of theirs. The Spurs have been on top for a tremendously long stretch, equaled by only a few teams in recent memory. The Stockton/Malone Jazz teams coached by Jerry Sloan kept their core together
Sunday night the Oklahoma City Thunder were whole. Center Serge Ibaka made his return from what was previously thought to be a season ending injury. His return was much needed, as he provided the defensive energy necessary for the Thunder to play free on the perimeter without worry or fear of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili wreaking havoc in the paint near the rim. Ibaka had a profound impact on the game, as Oklahoma claimed a 106-97 Game 3 victory
For the second straight year, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff push has been derailed by a season-ending injury. Last year it was All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who went down in the first round with a knee injury as a result of a collision with Houston guard Patrick Beverley. This year it is forward Serge Ibaka, who suffered a left calf injury in the third quarter of Thursday’s clincher over the Los Angeles Clippers. Ibaka underwent an MRI on Friday that confirmed a left