Jun 5, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs silver dancers perform during a timeout from the game against the Miami Heat in game one of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports
“We’re happy that it’s the Heat again. – Tim Duncan
As the editor of Air Alamo, how could I not have picked San Antonio?
All biases aside, I’m picking the Spurs in seven for one reason and one reason alone: Tim Duncan is not losing again.
After the Spurs outlasted the Thunder 112-107 in overtime in Game 6 on Saturday to win the Western Conference title, Duncan was asked about playing for the championship against the Heat for the second year in a row.
“We have four more [games] to win,” the Spurs’ big man told TNT’s David Aldridge. “We’ll do it this time.”
Duncan told USA Today:
“We’re happy to be back here this year,” Duncan said. “We’re happy to have another opportunity at it. We’re happy that it’s the Heat again. We’ll be ready for them. We’ve got some experience, obviously, from last year against them. And we’ll go back and look at some film. … We’ve got that bad taste in our mouths still. Hopefully, we’ll be ready to take it this time.”
The Washington Post even got it on it:
“Everyone wants to get through a championship. Having won it before only turns that up even more,” said Duncan, who has no plans or desires to retire anytime soon. “All I’m focusing on is trying to get another one. Doesn’t matter if it’s four, five, two or one before. This is the only one that counts right now, and this is the only one that’s in my head right now.”
“Every time you see your superstar, the franchise being so unselfish, it makes you want to be like that, too,” Parker said. “Timmy is a great example for me. He was a model for me to follow. He’s been so good for so long, and I think a big key of our success is we never let our ego, me or Timmy or Manu, be ahead of the team.”
Here’s the complete table of the editors’ picks:
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