He’s never won NBA Coach of the Year, but Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has had the last laugh as the leader of the back-to-back champions.
I doubt it will be the case, but this series should put all those outdated and nauseating LeBron James narratives out to pasture once and for all.
There are moments every once in a while that remind you why you sit in front of a television and watch all those games, and Tuesday night was one of them.
What should really scare the Miami Heat is that Sunday night should have been a win for them. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 66 points and shot a combined 25-of-53.
The Miami Heat entered Game 4 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs knowing they couldn’t lose and go down 3-1 in the series and have a chance of winning the Larry O’Brien trophy. But the Heat’s Big Three responded like the three All-Stars that they are, combining for 82 points and lead Miami to a 109-93.
The Heat changed things up, and now it is time for Gregg Popovich to adjust. Is there anyone else you would want in that film room and on the practice floor figuring out how to counter those moves more than Popovich?
All in all, this should be a very exciting and competitive series. San Antonio will likely have to win two games in Miami to win the series. It’s a tall order, but if any team can win a Game 7 in Miami, it’s a veteran team like the Spurs.
Karl is the NBA’s Coach of the Year after leading the Denver Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins this season.
This is a new one, basketball fans. And it could change the game forever. The NBA will penalize flopping this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act that a league vice president said has “no place in our game.”
Like everyone red blooded American, I would have loved to see the Heat lose in the Finals to the Oklahoma City Thunder. With that being said, part of me is happy because this asinine LeBron James narrative can finally be put away.
It has been the Heat’s ability to slow down the Thunder offense that has been the difference so far in the series.
With the NBA Finals set to begin on Tuesday night, here is a closer look at the matchups that will be critical in determining the eventual champion.
As NBA teams become more familiar with each other over a course of a series, adjustments must be made. The Heat have not done that.
Team basketball: it’s a lesson the old Knicks knew well. It’s a lesson you hope Mike Woodson and his charges are taking note of and will put into play next year.
The Knicks were dealt a blow on the scoreboard and to their roster as Iman Shumpert was carried off the court. The Knicks were defeated by the Heat 100-67 in Game 1.