Welcome to the NBA Finals
Certainly this wasn’t as easy as everyone expected Easter Conference Finals for the Heat which had to struggle late in the series against the Indiana team with a gigantic front-line. Not even the Birdman, Joel Anthony and Udonis Haslem were able to overcome the size.
However, the worst part of it all is that made Miami look hopeless at some point. With struggles from the 3pt line and as well as rebounding and having awful close games that shouldn’t have been won by the Heat. As well as having the Miami Heat win in 5 games as many of us expected, we had to endure 3 more games all the way to a game 7.
Now the Heat looked like the team who barely made it to the finals, while the Spurs looked more like the Miami Heat story, sweeping their way into the Finals.
However, Miami’s bad matchups and completely opposite games made it look weak where as the Spurs offer a better matchup with a more finesse point and shoot game than the one expected from the Grizzlies.
Yes, Miami won 2 against the Spurs in the regular season, but without their stars many people didn’t count them as a real representation of the games.
For Miami, it seems the challenge is still the same as for Indiana, Dwyane needs to be active, healthy and in vintage mode. While is clear nobody will be able to stop LeBron, is also true that Bosh will have a hard time against Timmy robot Duncan.
The key matchup, of course, would be Tony Parker, and those 3 point shots on the last second. Clearly something Miami is well adapted to defend. Heat was great against the west coast teams that love to shoot the 3. But also have had great failures, like the one vs New York when Steve Novak was hot.
Again Rebounds would play a great deal in the finals, but these rebounds might be more away from the basket and also the high tempo speed of the Miami Heat would be able to disrupt Popovich ball rotation.
Miami has experience dealing with point guards that love to penetrate like Nate Robinson and last season against Rondo. As a matter of fact, Boston would be a good blueprint for San Antonio matchups. Except Ginobili would be on Green position as opposed to Pierce. So a Ginobili LeBron switch could happen, but it would mainly be Dwyane against Ginobili and maybe playing LeBron’s Point Forward position would make more sense.
Norris Cole increasing defense could also experience a new growth opportunity since Norris already show up against the best like Keiry Irving on that last second steal as well as defending Brandon Jennings. And of course, Nate Robinson going 0/12 on that infamous game 4 in Miami. If he can at least diminish Tony Parker, it would definitely disrupt the way San Antonio operate.
After ridiculing the whole Miami Heat frontline, Roy Hibbert present quite a huge challenge for the Heat. However Duncan would probably present a similar dilemma except maybe that his skills would be not height as much as skill and foot work. I expect maybe Joel Anthony could unbalance the rotation as well as Birdman could also make a case to keep Duncan off the paint. However Duncan is no Hibbert and LeBron knows it.
It would be a fun match and more would be gather as we watch the tape against more worthy San Antonio opponents other than the Grizzlies and Lakers.