Jun 8, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forwardTim Duncan
(21) reacts to a ball against the Miami Heat in game two of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s win this at home.
The Spurs shocked the world having won both Game 3 and 4 in Miami and have all the momentum heading back to San Antonio.
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.
Lambert then goes on to explain if San Antonio does, in fact, win their fifth championship, what happens next?
Tim Duncan retires: At age 38 he is clearly in the twilight of his career and most thought his last chance at a fifth ring was stolen away last season. Now he’s one step short of completing that goal. Many rumors are insisting he still might return, but based on the feel of the situation, Duncan likely will hang up the sneakers if he hoists the Larry O’Brien trophy. His legacy is long since secure.
LeBron leaves Miami: Would LeBron James actually leave the Miami Heat if they drop the 2014 NBA Finals? Yes. First of all he has that option and the money he would get offered in free agency would be obscene. Beyond that though there are other teams in the league who could offer him better prospects as far as competing for championships than Miami, who only have the aging Wade and declining Chris Bosh. Perhaps he could join forces with Carmelo Anthony in L.A., or make his return to Cleveland or even forge a new Big Three with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in Chicago. He has reasons to leave both from money and winning perspectives.
In Games 3 and 4, the Spurs shocked the American Airlines Arena, as well as all of us watching at home. After the Game 3 defeat, we expected the loss to fuel a Miami victory for Game 4, but the Spurs again dominated. Featured Columnist Ethan Cohen breaks down San Antonio’s Game 4 thrashing of the Heat.
The fourth quarter wasn’t chock full of drama, but there one was one sentimental moment: Tim Duncan passing Magic Johnson for the most playoff double-doubles (158) in NBA history.
While Timmy had also broken the playoff record for most minutes played in the NBA Playoffs (previously held by Kareem Abdul Jabbar), the former record held much more significance for the foundation of the Spurs franchise.
Kawhi was once again the player of the game with a fantastic line of 20 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks, but I’m just as ecstatic that Boris is finally getting some love from the media after his performance in these Finals.