Deke: NBA Finals are here and I'm going with the Spurs in 7
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jun 5 2014 4:53PM
The NBA Finals are here, and for the first time since the late 1990’s, we have a rematch in the battle to see which team will hoist the covenant Larry O’ Brien Trophy. The defending NBA Champion Miami Heat will battle the San Antonio Spurs in a series that everyone has been eagerly awaiting.
In arguably one of the best final series ever, the Heat came up with one more win than the Spurs last June, beating San Antonio four games to three. Personally, I thought the 2013 version of the NBA Finals was exciting as I’ve seen. I’d probably have to go back to some of the Lakers versus Celtics Finals and Lakers versus Pistons to conjure up some of my best Finals memories.
Last year I thought the Spurs would win. I never would have thought that a veteran Spurs ball club would have melted down at the closing moments of game six like San Antonio did. Although some would say that it was not a Spurs meltdown, but a Heat comeback.
Tony Parker’s health is huge here. Sure, the Spurs came up with a huge Game Six road win over the Thunder to advance to the finals, but this is another level of play. If Parker can’t go - and go hard - the Spurs are far less likely to win their fifth NBA Title.
It’s all about which other players step up. I think players like Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli could very well tip things in favor of the Spurs. Remember that for much of the second half of the season, these players and others took on the majority of the minutes in games, as Coach Popovich once again implemented a "rest my older guys" format to his team.
Role players for the Heat like Chris Anderson, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have all come up big at one time or another this post season. And it was the Heat’s role players that tipped the scales in Miami’s favor in last season’s NBA Finals.
I don’t know if we will see as good of a Finals as we did last season, but I think we will all be more than pleased with the product we get each night on the court. I said Spurs in seven a year ago, and I think I’m just a year late on my prediction. I’ll say Spurs in 7 this year and hope that I’m right!
The Cajun Cannon thinks the Spurs will win in six games in the NBA Finals. “To me, it’s all about Tony Parker,” said Bobby Hebert. “I think the Heat will have a lot of trouble trying to contain Parker. He has been having arguably his best post season. And if he’s (Parker) healthy and ready to go I think he will be the difference in the series.