The NBA Final starts June 5, and it’s a rematch between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
This will be a great series, as both teams feature very skilled veteran players, but I truly believe that the Heat will come out as the 2014 NBA Champions. The best-of-seven series will go to the seventh and final game, and it will be a dogfight to the end.
The reason why I pick Miami to defeat San Antonio is that they have a solid starting line up with their big three: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. They have proven to be clutch when the game is on the line.
Talking about clutch players, the Heat also have a deep bench that includes Ray Allen. Last year Allen put the dagger to the very same Spurs in Game 6 in the NBA Final, scoring the game-winning three with seconds left on the clock.
Even though I do believe that the Heat will win this series, it’s not going to be easy, as the Spurs will try to avenge last season's defeat.
The Spurs are led by a big three of their own, which includes, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. At the beginning of this season, many people, myself included, thought that those three wouldn’t have it in them to contend for another championship. They are older players, and the whole Western Conference was full teams with talented young players.
They ended up finishing the season 62-20, the best record in the league, and Spurs' coach Greg Popovich earned coach of the year.
Also, the Heat are the two-time defending champions, which is why I think they can win again. Winning for the third straight year is that extra motivation that the Heat have, and they would join the Minneapolis Lakers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers as the only franchises to do so.
The Miami Big 3 will continue to thrive in the final, as they did throughout the playoffs. But it’s the rest of the bench that needs to continue to be consistent.
When the Spurs start to double team James or any other member of the big three, there will be someone open to drain that big shot.
Duncan is looking for is fifth championship ring in his NBA career. But he will come up short again, and that will give Duncan another reason to not retire.