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
There aren’t a whole lot of players that mess with Tim Duncan on the basketball court, mostly because he simply goes about his business without ever really looking for any kind of trouble. That’s never stopped Kendrick Perkins from trying, though, and the emotional center was at it again on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Back in early April, Perkins tried to initiate trouble with Duncan by giving him a shove from the back, to no avail:
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
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
We are still more than a month away from free agency, and everything seems so placid now. LeBron James? Looks primed for a three-peat. Carmelo Anthony? He wouldn’t leave New York, would he? He’ll be happy to take less than the max, as Phil Jackson has said he’ll need to do. He will be the backbone of the Knicks’ renaissance, right? No chance those two guys end up in Cleveland or Chicago. No chance, right? Well, five weeks out, and nobody can
It didn’t matter that the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs four times in the regular season and held them to an average of 96.8 points in those games. The Thunder knew that going up against the focused, tough veteran group with homecourt advantage would be a tough task. Especially without Serge Ibaka. During those regular season games, the Spurs scored an incredible 27.8 more points per 100 possessions when Ibaka wasn’t on the floor. On Monday in Game 1,