The Miami Heat are the top dogs in the NBA, at least as far as public perception goes. They have the so-called Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh; they play in the hottest town in the country with the best night life and the coolest people; and LeBron is by far the best basketball player on the planet. As for the San Antonio Spurs, they’re kind of boring. They’re a bunch of old guys who pass the ball a lot, there’s no big star (and hardly any Americans on the roster), and they play in a relative backwater by NBA standards. There are two reasons the Spurs are noteworthy. The first is they occasionally swat down bats bare-handed. The second is they win championships like nobody’s business. The Spurs beat the Heat 104 to 87 in San Antonio, thus beating the Heat 4-1 and claiming the 2013-14 NBA title.
Not only was it a style clash between the two teams, it was also a rematch of last year’s NBA championships. However, this wasn’t like last year at all. The Spurs dominated the Heat, exposing their weak bench and allowing LeBron James to score pretty much at will while shutting down everyone else. The games, aside from the one the Heat won, weren’t even close; home team advantage meant nothing, and the Spurs passed, shot, and fundamental’d their way to a fifth NBA title since 1998. That’s what happens when you have the coach of the year in Gregg Popovich and executive of the year R.C. Buford (as well as NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard).
“[This] is the sweetest one because it’s just unbelievable to win seven years ago and to be so close last year, it was very cruel, but that’s the beauty of sport. Sometimes it’s tough. And sometimes it can be beautiful like today, because it shows a lot of character of the team to take a loss and to come back the following year and to win the whole thing,” said Spurs guard Tony Parker. “I would change nothing. It makes it even better the fact that we had to go through that and we had to go through a tough loss in Game 6 and Game 7, and to be able to come back. It just makes the journey even more worth it.”
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