The Rematch: The Heat and The Spurs are meeting up for the second time tonite for the covenant NBA Title. This series is going to be more than just a game. There has to be changes between coaches,players, and even trainers. But we know that the Spurs are hungry for revenge and they have all the intangibles to defeat the Heat. Today I want to touch on some of the players and areas of play that don’t get recognition but were big factors in the finals last year and will be this year as well.
Keys for the Spurs: Setting the Tone- The San Antonio Spurs have won 10 straight game ones in the playoffs dating back to two years ago. The Spurs winning the first two game in San Antonio, and killing the momentum the Heat might come in to San Antonio with would be huge and would give them confidence going down to Miami.
Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green playing well- The future of the San Antonio Spurs are the keys to success if the Spurs expect to win this series! Danny Green’s surged into the NBA Finals last year breaking the NBA 3 point record set by Ray Allen. Since leaving North Carolina in 2009 Danny Green’s strength’s(shooting and defense) have not changed. His weaknesses(Creating his own shot and lack of creativity with the ball in his hands) have not either. Danny Green’s not going to be a superstar in this league, but he will be a dependable player for many years to come. Kawhi Leonard on the other hand is a superstar in the making! He was known to be a Gym Rat in college and that is only becoming more apparent in the NBA as he has shown while finishing up his sophomore season. His defensive prowess and his ability to shoot,score,and drive whenever he wants has shown the NBA that he is a special player and a huge key to the Spurs success in the NBA Finals.
Keys for the Heat- Dwayne Wade’s contribution: Is Dwayne Wade going to be a factor or a liability? One thing is for sure, Dwayne looks better and is playing better than he was when the NBA Finals were played last year. One thing is for sure he wants that fourth ring this year. He has improved statistically in every area of his play in comparison to last year’s playoff. But let’s ask ourselves; What if D. Wade begins to hurt more than help the Heat in the finals? What is going to happen to them? Are they going to use Rashard Lewis, Norris Cole, or Shane Battier more often? As impressive as Wade was against the Bobcats(Hornets), Nets, and Pacers the real question is will he be able to keep up with the same efficiency?
How will the Heat defend the Pick-and-Roll?: Per synergy sports there was not another team better at defending the pick-and-roll statistically than the Miami Heat. Of course the health of Tony Parker’s ankle is a big factor in the pick-and-roll game. The Heat’s Shane Battier and Mike Miller either showed or hedged throughout the series last year when a pick was set on their side. When this happen Chris Anderson was able to flash and be able to defend at the rim. But this year it will be interesting to see how the Miami Heat react to the pick-and-roll during the small ball stints the Spurs will play with.
Prediction: Spurs win in 7
I think redemption is the only thing on the Spurs mind after the heartbreaking defeat they were handed in the Finals last year. Tim Duncan will outplay Chris Bosh and the Spurs are just to deep for the Heat to contain and they will succeed with the architect they have and also known as coach of the year Gregg Popovich.