I chose the Spurs to win in Six and it isn’t really a basketball reason. Or rather, maybe it is. It’s not easy to explain but what the hell, I’ll give it a go:
The Spurs are a family. The Spurs are one of the most envied teams in the NBA. This is because they operate as a family, with Coach Popovich acting as either strict headmaster or caring father figure. His compassion for his players is so well known the press does not pay attention to it anymore. They are a tight knit group with very few manpower changes that this fact gets overlooked. Other teams that want to implement the Spurs winning ways resort to raiding Popovich’s Assistant Coaches, so coaches like Mike Brown and more recently Mike Budenholzer (who will coach the Hawks) are always receiving job offers, with other teams hoping to implement what the Spurs have into their own system.
A tight knit group in itself does not necessarily translate to good basketball, but it does though lay the foundation for it. A team that acts like a family does away with all of those niggling issues that make groups of people that have to work together so dysfunctional. Issues like jealousy, no one talking to one another, petty fights, ego etc., that easily break teams are lessened if not done away altogether.
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8.8 seconds to go with the Championship firmly in Miami’s hands, LeBron James meets Kevin Durant in the middle of the court and they hug each other. This is in recognition of both players and teams’ great achievements. And even though one of them came ahead this year, it doesn’t take away from the others’ efforts. They are two great people who pushed each other to their highest performances and this hug is in recognition of that.
And really people, that is what this is all about.
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What I’m about to say is gonna make me sound like a know it all, but the truth is, even when this guy was going hot, I was never really worried for Miami. And boy was he hot.
43 pts. off 20-32 shooting and playing 45 minutes? That is hot hot hot.
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James makes 29 pts., 14 boards and 3 assists in 39 minutes. Good numbers any time of the year, but it’s the finals, so I’m thinking ‘only 3 assists??‘
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My mind is on a bunch of different things right now, so I can only recall certain sections of the game, I hope I get it right. What comes to mind most of all are these:
That’s Bosh with an easy dunk off of a great dribble penetration by Wade, where he’s given a great pick by LeBron.
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Alrighty then. First of all I have to explain this:
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Here are my reasons.
More Weapons – LeBron, Dwade and the timely return of Haslem.
Mike Miller – The amazing play of Miller is the most telling of all considering he is able to concentrate inspite of his newborn daughter being in the hospital (no one deserves to go through anything like that and I wish him and his daughter well). Yet personal situations like that always seem to draw the best out of players, who at this stage of the season look for inspiration from almost anything, be it a negatively written article in the press, their mom’s birthday, or occasionally, personal tragedy. I suspect it helps them gain perspective really, because it reminds them that there are bigger things in life than mere basketball games and so it frees them from the tension. Whatever it may be, it’s in full effect on Miller. And if he can contribute his usual good shooting and now reliable rebounding, you’ve got an extra guy contributing big time off the bench.
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