Aside from probably three-point shooting, any time we say "so and so is the biggest concern for the San Antonio Spurs" over the next couple of weeks, that "so and so" is going to be LeBron James. He is the Heat's best scorer, passer, rebounder, defender and even all-around shooter. Containing him is likely not going to happen, but containing the rest of the Heat players is going to be crucial to the Spurs winning the NBA Championship.
The biggest concern is Chris Bosh. Part of that has to do with Bosh himself and part has to do with the fact that Dwyane Wade hasn't looked right all playoffs long. If Danny Green's only job is to shadow a hobbled Wade, then he can be contained without much help from the other Spurs players on the court. Bosh, on the other hand, is trickier to defend. It's easy to say you just have to defend him the way Roy Hibbert did last round, but recent history tells us Bosh has been consistently healthy and really good against the Spurs.no comments
During the NBA Finals, Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily will be contributing to Project Spurs during the San Antonio Spurs' chase for title number five.
After all, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili sat out the first game in Miami and then LeBron James and Dwyane Wade returned the favor in March in San Antonio. Quite honestly, the regular season means a whole lot less than it usually does when it comes to these two teams and the NBA Finals, which start tonight if you have not heard.
There are several patterns though that should give the Spurs pause in this series. It has everything to do with that series against the Warriors which gave the Spurs so much trouble – you know, the one where San Antonio suffered its only two losses of the postseason.no comments
For six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Indiana Pacers made the Miami Heat—defending champions and winners of 27 consecutive victories in the regular season—appear oddly vulnerable, before the Heat reminded all of the advantages of having home court advantage and the game’s best player in Game 7.
The San Antonio Spurs will face off against the Miami Heat tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. This will be the first time the Spurs make the Finals without homecourt advantage against the best team in the East, the Miami Heat.
The Spurs will have their work cut out for them in the final series to determine the NBA champion and there will be three factors that will determine if the Spurs can overcome the Heat this series.
1) Tony Parker playing like an MVP
Parker has been the best player with the silver and black this season and has carried the offense on his shoulders when he's been on the floor. His improved passing and aggressiveness is what has made the Spurs dangerous this postseason and has countered the opposing team's top offensive player. This series Parker might meet a new defender worthy of shutting him down: LeBron James. Parker will have to earn his points this series, especially if #6 is going to be guarding him.no comments
Phil Jackson's been a thorn in the San Antonio Spurs' side when he was the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but it seems this year he's picking the Spurs to win it all.
In a recent book signing, a fan asked Jackson who he thought was going to win the NBA championship in the Finals stage and Phil gave his quick pick.
Check out the video below.no comments
The Miami Heat ran off 27 games in a row in the regular season, made short work of the Bucks and Bulls in their first two rounds in the postseason but against the Pacers, they looked mortal until Game 7 of the East Finals where they reminded the NBA they still are the defending champs.
And now the San Antonio Spurs will get their shot at dethroning the champs.
Heading into the Finals, the Spurs are not the favorites but if San Antonio wants to extinguish the Heat, they will have to play a perfect series and keep in mind, Miami is mortal according to Manu Ginobili.
In his column for Argentine site Canchellena.com Manu notes the Spurs are not the favorites but sees the Heat as beatable.no comments
The NBA Finals are finally here!
This week's podcast is all about the San Antonio Spurs' matchup with the Miami Heat for the 2013 NBA title. Trevor Zickgraf (@yowhatupt) and Project Spurs' newest member Aaron Preine (@DukeOfBexar) join me for previews, analysis and predictions.
We also talk about the legacy of the "Big 3" and much more.
The Spurscast. The first and original Spurs podcast.
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