Jun 5, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) talks to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich during the first quarter against the Miami Heat in game one of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
One win away from another NBA title, here is why the San Antonio Spurs will finish what they failed to a season ago.
Maxed out LeBron James and Dwyane Wade
Something can be said for a team that has played in four-straight NBA Finals. No matter how talented and conditioned players are, everyone has a breaking point. A player can only post so many minutes and so many nights running up and down the court before they just can’t take anymore. The Miami Heat seemed to have reached that mountaintop and now they’re gasping for air. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have looked nothing like the tandem that led the team to a second-straight title last year. Not even close. If anything they look mortal, as if all the success has come back to haunt them at the worst possible time, and when the leaders show signs of cracking, the rest of the roster will follow.
Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan
The San Antonio Spurs that have become a crown jewel of the NBA since the late ’90s largely began with the union of head coach Gregg Popovich and power forward Tim Duncan. Together they have four championships to their credit and are four quarters away from a fifth. All people can talk about is their age with Pop being 65 and Duncan being 38. Clearly that doesn’t matter as much as the will to win. Both of them have exhibited it for over a decade, almost to the point of obsession, similar to other greats like Jordan, Magic, Bird, Riley and Jackson. People like that are almost impossible to conquer, especially when they have a decisive advantage because that’s when the killer instinct comes out.
The NBA universe
Outside the state of Florida, one would be hard pressed to find many big pockets of fans who are rooting for a Miami comeback in the series. Such is the nature of the NBA landscape as it is, forged back in 2011 when LeBron James cast himself as the villain with his infamous “Decision” special. His sheer talent and desire were enough to overcome that constant stream of naysayers for two seasons, but after awhile it wears a team down. So many people want so badly to see the Heat fall and it’s going to happen barring a miracle.