Darrien Coleman| BKD TV Insiders
The rematch. It was a year ago in game 6 of the NBA Finals and the San Antonio Spurs were seconds away from clinching a 5th NBA title in franchise history, but missed free throws down the stretch and a failure to secure a rebound on defense allowed Ray Allen to tie the game and send it to overtime where the Miami Heat seized control of the game and ultimately the NBA championship in game 7. A year later the Spurs have a chance to redeem themselves and prove to themselves and the world that they are the better team and let the title slip away in 2013. The only thing in their way is the best player in basketball today and his two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
The road to the finals for these two teams couldn’t be more antithetic, as the Spurs won the rugged Western Conference by fighting their way through the Mavericks in 7 games, the upstart Trailblazers in 5, and the reigning MVP Kevin Durant and the Thunder in 6. The Heat on the other hand breezed through an Eastern Conference that lacked talent and mental discipline in order to reach their 4th straight Finals. Sweeping the Bobcats, beating the Nets in 5 games, and finishing off an Indiana Pacer team that clearly lacked mental fortitude in 6 games. Miami is trying to become the first team since the 2001-02 Lakers to win a third consecutive NBA title.
One thing to look out for in the series is the health of Spurs guard Tony Parker who had an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for the second half of the series clinching game against the Thunder. A noticeable difference for Miami is the health of guard Dwyane Wade, who says his health is much better than it was this time last year. Finally, the Spurs have homecourt advantage in the series this year as opposed to last year when it belonged to Miami.