NBA Finals Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

980936_632903283395184_270978569_oSixteen teams started this journey and two remain, each deserving its chance at history, the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.

  • Game 1-June 6 San Antonio @ Miami 9 p.m. (ET) ABC                                          
  • Game 2-June 9 San Antonio @ Miami 8 p.m. (ET) ABC
  • Game 3-June 11 Miami @ San Antonio 9 p.m. (ET) ABC
  • Game 4-June 13 Miami @ San Antonio 9 p.m. (ET) ABC
  • Game 5-June 16 Miami @ San Antonio 8 p.m. (ET) ABC
  • Game 6-June 18 San Antonio @ Miami 9 p.m. (ET) ABC
  • Game 7-June 20 San Antonio @ Miami 9 p.m. (ET) ABC

2013 Regular Season Match-up

  • Nov 29 San Antonio@ Miami 105-100
  • March 31 Miami @ San Antonio 88-86

Tim-Duncan-Spurs-Championship-Banners-1920x1200-Wallpaper-BasketWallpapers.com-All good things come to an end and the San Antonio Spurs understand that, so Gregg Popovich and company has put on what looks to be a last run at the NBA title once again and this time they meet up with the defending champions Miami Heat.

San Antonio Spurs’ road to the 2013 NBA Finals

The San Antonio Spurs made it look easy, sweeping the Lakers, tangoed with the Warriors and swept the Grizzlies. This has to look promising if you are a Spurs fan because heading into the Finals, your big three is healthy, your bench is solid and everyone is on the same page and well rested. The Spurs are the New England Patriots of the NBA, they have been a standard in the NBA for the last decade. Both coaches Gregg Popovich and Bill Belichick have a dark sense of humor and they don’t talk a lot. They do what they do best, WIN. The Spurs are also an amazing 4 out of 4 in the NBA finals coming away away with a trophy every time they have been there.

San Antonio Spurs Locker Room

The big three is healthy, Tim Duncan is playing like he was in 1999, Tony Parker just gets better every year and Manu Ginobili? Well…he’s Manu, enough said. Danny Green has showed why he deserves to be in the starting lineup, he has played stellar defense, spread the floor with his threes and facilitated at times. Kawhi Leonard has took over the defensive specialist position that Bruce Bowen vacated a couple of years ago. The Spurs run a 10-deep roster throughout the playoffs with Bonner, Diaw, Neal, Joseph and Ginobili. Blair and McGrady have seen limited playing time  and we know how dominant those two are if they are inserted into the game.

Why the Spurs can win

Experience, defense and selflessness. The San Antonio Spurs have all the ingredients to win another championship.They have the 11-plus years of experience from each of the big three. They have defensive intensity which doesn’t show on the stat sheet and they are unselfish. They share the ball more than other team in the NBA, and extra passes get your open shots and break down any defense. The Spurs just have to play Spurs basketball and they can win their fifth championship in franchise history.

Key Players to watch-Kawhi Leonard and Matt Bonner

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lebron-james-2012-nba-champion-trophyNot 1, not 2, not 3, not 4….not 8…At least he finally got one and now he shoots for two. LeBron James got the monkey off his back last season when he finally won his first NBA championship and has escalated his game to a whole new level with the left-handed hook shot and some low-post moves added to his arsenal.LeBron looks to lead the Heat to their third NBA championship in franchise history. 

Miami Heat’s road to the 2013 NBA Finals

The Miami Heat breezed through the first and second round of the playoffs but were challenged in the Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers who needed a signature 99-76 blow out victory at home in Game 7 . Since signing Chris “The Birdman” Anderson, their defensive intensity has increased greatly in addition to his ridiculous field-goal percentage.

Miami Heat Locker Room

Miami does not have any major injuries other than Dwyane Wade, who has had back and leg issues all season and just seem to not be the old Dwyane Wade we’ve been accustomed to seeing. Mike Miller and Shane Battier seem to be healthy. The Heat really just needs Ray Allen to be consistent on a nightly basis to stretch the floor and be a facilitator. LeBron can score at will and so can  Wade, they just need some additional run support and that might be a hard thing to do against the San Antonio Spurs

Why the Heat can win

L.E.B.R.O.N J.A.M.E.S. that name is the reason why they won last year and will be key to winning this year. Miami runs on James, but in order for them to defeat the Spurs, they will need Wade and Bosh along with the bench to step up and take away the double and triple teams from LeBron. Ray Allen and company have been a disaster during the Pacers series from beyond the arc but finally showed some good signs in Games 6 and 7. The Heat  also have a similar defensive specialist in Shane Battier who has been known to shut down great players, and we’ll look to see Battier match up with Ginobili or Parker and force them to take tough shots off the pick and roll.

Key players to watch-Shane Battier and Ray Allen

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Final Predictions

Spurs in 6

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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs May 27, 2013

San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies 9PM (ET) ESPN

(Spurs Lead Series 3-0)

chi-spurs-grizzlies-nba-playoffs-20130525-001Game 4 in Memphis, could mean the end to a great run for the Grizz unless they step up and figure out the Spurs defense. San Antonio has been the enforcer in this series finding ways to win the game at all costs for one more shot at the promise land. The key to tonight’s game is foul shooting and rebounding. I feel Memphis can control this game with Randolph and Gasol, limit turnovers, and get back into this series. If not, then this game could get ugly quickly.

Play:
Grizz -2.5
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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs May 25, 2013

San Antonio Spurs @ Memphis Grizzlies 9PM (ET) ESPN

(Spurs Lead Series 2-0)

Manu Ginobili, Darrell ArthurAfter two solid performances by San Antonio in games1 and 2, they head on the road to a hostile Memphis crowd. Although no team has won back to back series being down 0-2, Memphis looks for redemption tonight at home. Also, in this series the home team has won matchup 85% of the time dating back the past 4 season playing each other. If San Antonio wants to take a commanding 3-0 lead they will need to ride Parker and Duncan to the finish line with defense and down low control. Although, Memphis is home and it seems like and easy win due to the stat above, the last game was won by a margin of 4. If this holds true in this game ill take the dog in this one.

Play:
Spurs +5
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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs May 21, 2013

Memphis Grizzlies @ San Antonio Spurs 9PM (ET) ESPN

(Spurs Lead Series 1-0)

8-memphis-grizzlies-san-antonio-spurs-2011-biggest-nba-playoff-upsetsIn game 1, Memphis was out matched and flat out played by San Antonio. Although the Grizz shot 43% percent from the field, there top scorer/ playmaker Zach Randolph shot a abysmal 1 of 8 which really hurt Memphis late in this game. The Spurs stars played a typical in your face smash mouth game making 14 3-pointers and holding Memphis’s other big threats, Gasol and Conley, to mediocre nights. Until one of these teams can break the home win streaks they have against one another this season, I see the same outcome in this one.

Play:
Spurs -5.5

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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs May 19, 2013

Memphis Grizzlies @ San Antonio Spurs 3.30PM (ET) ABC

130517235113-duncan-gasol-single-image-cutGame 1 at San Antonio should be a very hard noised blue collar series. Both teams have good defenses and know how to make adjustments throughout the game which is crucial in the playoffs. This series, and today’s game in particular, should come down to the low post game and guard play. In the regular season the home team has won the game and I don’t see that changing in this one. Parker and Ginobili will take over this game and seal it for the Spurs.

Play:
Spurs -4.5

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Who do you want to see in the NBA finals?

16 teams started the quest for the Larry O’Brien trophy…

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And there were 4 left standing,

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Who will be crowned the 2013 NBA Champions?

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Round 3-NBA Playoffs-Western Conference Finals

Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs

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  • Game 1-May 19 Memphis @ San Antonio 3:30 p.m. (EST) ABC
  • Game 2-May 21 Memphis @ San Antonio 9:00 p.m. (EST) ESPN
  • Game 3-May 25 San Antonio @ Memphis 9:00 p.m. (EST) ESPN
  • Game 4-May 27 San Antonio @ Memphis 9:00 p.m. (EST) ESPN
  • Game 5-May 29 Memphis @ San Antonio 9:00 p.m. (EST) ESPN
  • Game 6-May 31 San Antonio @ Memphis 9:00 p.m. (EST) ESPN
  • Game 7-June 2 Memphis @ San Antonio 9:00 p.m. (EST) ESPN

2013 Regular Season Match-up

  • December 1 Memphis @ San Antonio 95-99OT
  • January 11 San Antonio @ Memphis 98-101 OT
  • January 16 Memphis @ San Antonio 82-103
  • April 1 San Antonio @ Memphis 90-92

Memphis Grizzlies’ Locker Room

Defense has been this team’s calling all season long. After shipping Rudy Gay to the Raptors, the Grizzlies have tightened up their defensive intensity with Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis’s presence. Mike Conley has exceeded expectations and has been the leader of this Memphis team, orchestrating the offense with veteran  Prince, defensive specialist Tony Allen and the dynamic duo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph protecting the paint.  This team ranked first during the regular season with only 89.3 points per game allowed. Memphis’ front court will be a major threat to the smaller San Antonio team, especially with the playoffs when teams play every other day. Age has shown on the Spurs big three of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan at several key moments but the experience proved too much for the Lakers and Warriors to handle. That experience would be negated in this matchup against the Grizzlies as everyone on this Memphis squad has had their share of experience in the playoffs.

San Antonio Spurs’ Locker Room 

Age HAS been a factor all along this season but coach Gregg Popovich has done an excellent job as he always has of managing the playing time of each of his superstars. Even though Tim Duncan has played exceptionally well this season, averaging his highest free-throw percentage in his career, we can see in couple games with the Lakers and the Warriors that Duncan has definitely showed signs of age as well.  Same with Ginobili and Parker at times, especially during the over time games against the Warriors. The Spurs ranked a mediocre 11th in points allowed during the regular season but have been the best at sharing the ball with their 25.1 assists per game, which ranks number one. Defense is still the key component in Popovich’s philosophy. You defend well and you share the ball well. That has clearly proven with his multiple championships and finals appearances. Aside from the big three. The Spurs have multiple 3-point threats in Danny Green, Gary Neal, Kawhi Leonard and Matt Bonner and they have not played their “Insurance Policy” in Tracy McGrady, who we all know can score 15 points in 45 seconds. The Spurs know  what it takes to win.

Final Predictions

I don’t see either team winning on the road here, or at least not until game 7, where I think the fatigue just kicks in and age really starts to show a factor in the Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies win GAME 7 in San Antonio and move on to the NBA FINALS. Who doesn’t like rooting for the underdog?

Memphis Grizzlies in 7

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The Betting Corner: NBA Playoffs May 14, 2013

             New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers

amare                      7:00pm tip

                      I see Melo and Amare getting back on track against the stout pacer D

                      With JR Smith: Knicks ML

                      Without JR Smith: Knicks +5.5

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Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs

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9:35pm tip

Coming off an OT loss in Game 4, the Spurs look to rebound at home. However with Curry and Thompson shooting lights out in San Antonio in the first two games, I don’t see the Spurs covering -7.

Golden State +7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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