MIAMI — Time waits for no man … unless you happen to be Tony Parker in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He held the fate of the league’s two best teams and the collective attention of the basketball universe in his hands. For 23.9 seconds, the Spurs held the ball, ahead by two points. They needed one final basket to steal a Game 1 victory they knew they had come too far to leave Miami without. Parker made a shot for the
MIAMI — There are two players in the NBA Finals who have been nearly impossible to stop during the 2012-13 postseason, LeBron James, and Tony Parker. In 16 games, James is shooting 51.4% from the field, averaging 26.2 points, 6.2 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 41 minutes per game for the Miami Heat. And truthfully, the numbers don’t even do him justice because of the way he impacts the game at both ends of the court…
It is almost as if Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra knew this was coming all along and have been preparing for this two-week journey against each other for many, many months. Before we dive into our betting preview for the NBA Finals, it is important to learn how we got to this point.
… because they won’t choke on the grandest of stages at the grandest of moments. They are mentally incapable of laying the type of egg that the Indiana Pacers dumped on us all last night. There are more reasons, detailed below — both in print, and in the video below with CineSort’s Noah Coslov.
Three years ago after “The Decision” and the free agent signing of Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat were declared the NBA Champions for the next 10 years. Who could beat them? They were loaded. They had filled the requirements of “The Championship Formula” and the future was set. Barring a catastrophic injury (or a cataclysmic Game 7 against the Pacers), the trophy was ready to be engraved! What is this formula that wins championships? Is it something new? Does it really