It has taken nearly ten years, but NBA fan’s are finally going to have a potential “Finals for the Ages”. The Miami Heat punched their ticket to the NBA Finals on Monday night after demolishing the Pacers, 99-76. The San Antonio Spurs have been waiting to see who their opponent would be. Now it is set, the Heat and Spurs will face off in a potentially epic NBA Finals.
The Heat and Spurs have combined for five of the last ten NBA Titles. LeBron James is seeking his second ring. Dwyane Wade is looking for his third. Both Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have already won three titles. Tim Duncan wants one for the thumb(a.k.a. his fifth ring). All of these future Hall of Famers are going to war on Thursday night with the 2013 NBA crown hanging in the balance. Finally, NBA fans have an epic match-up.
The Chicago Bulls won six titles from 1991-1998. The two they didn’t win were captured by the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 95. Houston and Chicago never met in The Finals. This year is different. The Spurs(winners in 99, 03, 05, and 07) will face off against the Heat(winners in 06 and 12) in a battle that could cement one legacy and diminish another. In reality, San Antonio has already etched their spot in history. Individually, DWade has also secured a spot in NBA Postseason lore, but believe it or not, LeBron is still trying to nail down his legend. This is his chance.
Make no mistake, the man once known as King James is under pressure that no other NBA player has felt, EVER! Some of it is self-imposed, to be sure, but Bron has, at the very least established himself as the best player in the league right now. Three tears ago when he joined the Heat, he wasn’t even the best player on his team(yes DWade was better). Now, there is nobody close. Not Kobe, or Durant, or anybody else, but that will seem hollow if Miami doesn’t win this year. James knows that it is win or bust and I think he is ok with that. LeBron is the one with the most to lose this year, but the NBA fans are the big winner.
This will be the first time that the Spurs and Heat have met in the NBA Finals, yet both have won multiple championships in the past ten years. That is the first time that that has happened in NBA history. Heat fans should be very excited. They should be pretty scared too.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).