2013 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

LeBron James and the Miami Heat are looking for their second consecutive NBA Championship.

LeBron James and the Miami Heat are looking for their second consecutive NBA Championship.

The 2013 NBA Finals are finally upon us, and the San Antonio Spurs are seeking their fifth NBA title, while the Miami Heat are looking to repeat as NBA Champions and win their third title. Before the series begins on Thursday night, we examine each team and their chances of winning the NBA Championship in 2013.

Eastern Conference Champions: Miami Heat (1st in East, 66-16)

Road to the Finals: def. #8 Milwaukee Bucks 4-0, def. #5 Chicago Bulls 4-1, def. #3 Indiana Pacers 4-3

Starting Lineup (w/playoff stats):

C Chris Bosh 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds

PF Udonis Haslem 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds

SF LeBron James 26.3 points, 7.3 rebounds

SG Dwayne Wade 14.1 points, 4.9 assists

PG Mario Chalmers 8.9 points, 3.5 assists

Last Finals Appearance: 2012, defeated Oklahoma City Thunder in 5

The Heat are back to the NBA Finals for the third straight year, led once again by LeBron James, who is averaging more than 25 points per game in the playoffs. They coasted through the first two rounds of the playoffs before getting a tough, seven game series with the Pacers. The Heat looked pretty hit or miss in the Eastern Conference Finals; when they were on their game, they won games easily, but they also struggled to defend the low post presence of the Pacers. Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade also struggled some in the Conference Finals, but the Heat’s Big 3 should be more than ready to compete against the Spurs. Miami defeated San Antonio in both of their regular season matchups.

Western Conference Champions: San Antonio Spurs (2nd in West, 66-16)

Road to the Finals: def. #7 Los Angeles Lakers 4-0, def. #6 Golden State Warriors 4-2, def. #5 Memphis Grizzlies 4-0

Starting Lineup (w/playoff stats): 

C Thiago Splitter 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds

PF Tim Duncan 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds

SF Kahwi Leonard 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds

SG Danny Green 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds

PG Tony Parker 23.0 points, 7.2 assists

Last Finals Appearance: 2007, defeated Cleveland Cavaliers in 4

The Spurs are right back at home in the NBA Finals, where they have won four championships in four appearances. They also cruised through the playoffs, sweeping two series with just a slight bump in the road against the formidable Warriors. Tony Parker has been red-hot for the Spurs in the playoffs, and Tim Duncan continues to show why he is one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history. Still, there are some questions for the Spurs. Can they defeat the Heat this season (after losing both regular season games)? Can Tim Duncan be as effective as Roy Hibbert against Miami’s frontcourt? Will the Spurs’ long layoff hurt their momentum?  Even with these many questions, the Spurs are as sound a team from coach to 12th man as any in the NBA.

Series Schedule (tip-off at 9:00 pm unless noted):

Game 1: Thursday, June 6th @ Miami

Game 2: Sunday, June 9th @ Miami (8:00 pm)

Game 3: Tuesday, June 11th @ San Antonio

Game 4: Thursday, June 13th @ San Antonio

*Game 5: Sunday, June 16th @ San Antonio (8:00 pm)

*Game 6: Tuesday, June 18th @ Miami

*Game 7: Thursday, June 20th @ Miami

*-if necessary

Our Prediction: It’s definitely a tough series to call. The Spurs seem to be undefeatable at home in the playoffs, and with Parker and Duncan running the show, they will be a great challenge. They also have experience with LeBron James, defeating James and the Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals. But the Heat are such a strong team as well, with a strong, balanced attack. Plus, they have Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Chris “Birdman” Andersen, and Norris Cole on the bench to help the starting five. It will be a back-and-forth series, but in the end, the Heat’s attitude, physicality, and strong leadership should overpower the veteran Spurs. HEAT IN 7

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One Response to 2013 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

  1. Both teams apply a rotation (at least eight-nine players). On offense, both teams set good pick and roll. The point guard will run circles around his defender, run him into a pick that frees the screener for a glide to the basket.

    We’re going to see a battle of 3 point shooters like Allen, Battier, Miller, LeBron, Bosh, Wade, Cole vs. Green, Leonard, Bonner, Ginobili, Neal and Parker. Is Tracy McGrady still effective or he might just be the next NBA player to retire after Grant Hill and Jason Kidd?

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