How well have the San Antonio Spurs performed in the NBA Finals? Let’s look back at their history.
Around this time of the year, the NBA Finals take place. It’s the deciding series between one Eastern Conference team and one Western Conference team. This is not an unusual spot for the San Antonio Spurs, who have made multiple trips to the final stage of the postseason.
Along with these series, the Silver and Black sit at 19-11 in the NBA Finals. For series per series, they are 5-1; the only loss came in the aforementioned Heat matchup. Its history played out like this:
- 1999: 4-1 win vs. the New York Knicks
- 2003: 4-2 win vs. the New Jersey Nets
- 2005: 4-3 win vs. the Detroit Pistons
- 2007: 4-0 win vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers
- 2013: 4-3 loss vs. the Miami Heat
- 2014: 4-1 win vs. the Miami Heat
The Spurs had to go through a Jason Kidd-led Nets team, Patrick Ewing near the end of his Knicks career, a defensive-minded squad in Detroit, a young LeBron and back-to-back years of Miami’s “Big Three.” It’s quite a set of teams to go through.
That’s not to mention the Western Conference teams who preceded the finals. In the early 2000’s, it was the Kobe Bryant–Shaquille O’Neal Lakers and a few vicious battles with Mike D’Antoni‘s Phoenix Suns.
San Antonio will not add to its NBA Finals resume in 2018. If Kawhi Leonard returns for the 2018-19 season, he would put this team, who won 60 games with him in 2016-17, in an interesting spot. Could they aim for a title in June 2019?
Which series was the most impressive of the five for the Spurs? Do you remember one more than the rest?