2013 NBA Finals: Will the San Antonio Spurs or The Miami Heat Win?
Before the start of the 2013 NBA playoffs, a veteran NBA reporter and writer made a joke, saying that among the long list of teams that didn’t have a chance to beat the Miami Heat, the San Antonio Spurs had the best chance to beat them.
While meant to be a joke, it can be argued that the comment itself is debatable. While the 2012 NBA champions rolled into the post-season playoffs like a freight train going downhill, the San Antonio Spurs split the final twenty games, losing ten and winning ten. At one point picking them to win the western conference was a bit of uncertainty, even though the common conception has been they should win, right? Maybe. Maybe not?
Now that the 2013 NBA Finals are upon us, and the two teams still playing in the month of June seem to be on different plateaus. And the roles each team seemed to be playing going into the playoffs have done a one hundred eighty degree turnabout.
Now it’s the San Antonio Spurs who seem to be making their playoff opponents fall by the wayside rather quickly. As of this writing, San Antonio has lost just two games in three playoff rounds while on their way to their return to the NBA finals-which also happens to be their first in six years.
Meanwhile, the Miami heat would appear to be more focused on the upcoming hurricane season in the Atlantic than they have been on their role in the 2013 NBA Finals. The Miami Heat was most certainly unimpressive and looked more like an expansion team playing preseason games. They were not all that impressive against a fairly weak Chicago Bulls team in the second round of the playoffs. The Indiana Pacers were able to fight Miami all the way through seven games in the Eastern Conference finals.
Miami did manage to finish off Indiana with a convincing win in-game seven of that series, showing they really weren’t asleep at the wheel (at least not completely). The win was so convincing it showed that while the rest of the NBA teams at time have a problem just getting into fifth gear, Miami showed it has a sixth gear and they roll once they get into it. But some say the plastering of Indiana still doesn’t rid the questions that came about from Miami’s inconsistent play during that series.
It’s clear to some that Dwayne Wade’s knee injury (that will likely bother him until the end of the playoffs) has drained some of his normally high energy level. Chris Bosh is in one of the worst ruts of his career and some wonder if Chris himself even knows what his problem is.
But let’s not forget the Miami Heat still has LeBron James who is arguably the best player this side of Jupiter and they have the home court advantage. The Heat will have to rely on both of those factors if they plan on doing away with a veteran packed Spurs team that’s had a number of days of rest. The logic says Miami will win the title this year, but as any NBA fan knows, anything can happen and usually does.
Who do you think will win the 2013 NBA Finals?
Tell me who you think will win the trophy this year and why you think that? Of course at the time of this writing, the Spurs have a 2-1 edge and therefore have home court advantage.