The NBA Finals haven’t had a consecutive match-up since the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in 1997 and 1998. The 2013 Finals went seven games with the Miami Heat defeating the San Antonio Spurs to win their second straight title in three straight appearances.
This year, the Heat and Spurs meet again. With San Antonio up 2-1 in the series, this year’s Finals has been just as entertaining as last year; a back and forth series as the Spurs won the first, Heat won the second, and the Spurs winning again in game three. There has been no front runner to claim the NBA crown, and if this series continues the way it has been so far, then a game seven might be in the making yet again.
For the Spurs to halt LeBron’s plans to three-peat, they have to do it collectively. The Spurs do not have the luxury of having a superstar player that can carry the team by himself. For the Spurs to win games against the Heat, everyone has to play their role and do it efficiently.
LeBron has shown spurts of his greatness. When Miami needs him the most, LeBron buckles down and carries his team. For Miami to win a third straight title, LeBron has to be LeBron, and the supporting cast has to be effective enough to keep pressure off LeBron James. The Heat are at their best in transition due to their athleticism. In the first three games, Miami’s defense have been questionable. Running into an NBA Finals record 75% from the field in the first half, Miami still played a solid game, but it just wasn’t enough to cool off the Spurs.
As the series hits the homestretch, the first team to win back to back games has the best chance of seizing the series. With game four on Sunday, LeBron and Wade have to play to perfection to secure a Miami win, and tie the series back up. If the Spur can go up three games to one, the Miami heat will face a hole that they may not be able to get out.
After a questionable game one with LeBron’s cramps, he has answered the past two games with over 25 points in both games. However, despite LeBron playing well the past two games, the Heat are 1-1 and now down 2-1 in the series. LeBron must continue playing at an MVP level, and for Miami to three-peat, Wade, Bosh and the rest of the team have to help LeBron both offensive and defensively.
Another entertaining NBA Finals yet again in the year 2014, however, the outcome hangs in the balance between the Spurs and the Heat. Can the Spurs hold off the Miami Heat, or will LeBron James rise to greatness for a third straight NBA title?