San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat
Tip-off: Thursday, June 6, 2013 – 9:00 PM ET
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
LeBron James didn’t become NBA Champion without being run over by the San Antonio Spurs first.
San Antonio swept James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals, a time when winning game plan focused on exploiting James’ weaknesses.
Those weaknesses are gone now and James essentially warned the team that they shouldn’t bother looking.
The Spurs are aware of this.
Tim Duncan encouraged James by telling him, minutes after that series, that the NBA would someday belong to him, and so it went. The 28 year-old star player guided the Miami Heat to 2012’s championship and the league’s best record this season.
This time around San Antonio will try to take it back.
However, James is now the best player in the game and in addition he’s surrounded by more talent in Miami than he ever had with the Cavs, and still carries the memory of the beating the Spurs laid on him six years ago.
San Antonio has been off since finishing a sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies on May 27. Miami was forced to overcome a rugged Indiana Pacers team and the many difficulties of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in a seven-game series that wrapped up Monday.
James now has an opportunity to pay the Spurs back for their 2007 romp, when they forced Cleveland into the worst offensive performance in finals history.
The Spurs’ Big Three didn’t have to endure the same wait to come out victorious. Duncan won a title in just his second season, and Tony Parker was only 21 when he earned his first. However, according to the NBA odds they stalled, so they’re as excited for this chance as James is.