“I think the Spurs are gonna win it all,” my dad told me a few weeks ago. This was before San Antonio fully morphed into the fully operational Death Star of offensive efficiency that we watched eviscerate Miami in five games. Hell, this was before we knew if they would be able to shake the demons of 2012’s conference finals loss to Oklahoma City, much less the heartbreak in South Beach 12 months ago.
Throughout the history of sports, there have been a select number of franchises that have sustained success over a long enough period of time to be considered a dynasty. And Sunday night in San Antonio, we witnessed a truly unique dynasty add another championship to its historic legacy when it dethroned the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.
I’ve watched precious little of the 2014 NBA playoffs, and I ignored the long regular season, but I’ll likely watch most of the NBA Finals — whenever it finally begins after yet another long lay off — because the two best teams will again do battle. Knowing this type of clash occurs most years though, why should fans watch an often formulaic and endless six weeks of playoffs when most can predict the championship participants by mid-April or earlier?
For the second consecutive season, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will square off in the NBA Finals. For the fourth consecutive season, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have led the crew from South Beach to the precipice of NBA glory.
As the stage is set for what should be a phenomenal championship bout, some fans have chosen to look at the NBA with urine-colored glasses.
In a replay of the 2013 NBA Western Conference Finals, the San Antonio Spurs repeated their dominance over the Memphis Grizzlies in their season opener with a 101-94 victory. The final score was closer than the actual game really was, as the Spurs were up double digits for most of the second half.