LeBron James will face San Antonio for the third time in the NBA Finals. They split the first two, who will get the tiebreaker?
A missed rebound followed up by a Ray Allen three-pointer has to haunt the San Antonio Spurs. The NBA championship would be theirs if they had secured that rebound. But they didn’t, then LeBron James overwhelmed them in Game 7 with 37 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, earning the second straight title for the Miami Heat.
Here we are again. This time, the Spurs have home-court advantage, but the format of the NBA Finals has changed. The 2-3-2 Finals format has been scrapped in favor of the normal 2-2-1-1-1. The pressure is off for the team without home-court to win all three middle games.
So what team will bring home the trophy? Here’s a brief checklist of advantages for each squad.
King James — the best player on the planet
Championship swagger — this is the fourth straight year the Heat has played in the NBA Finals
Better top players — Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are far superior to the Spurs’ second and third best
The best coach — Gregg Popovich is unquestionably doing more with less
Teamwork — the synergy and team-first attitude of the Spurs are second to none in the NBA
Hunger — the pain of last year’s Finals will push San Antonio
Prediction: Heat in six games.