The Spurs can take one last bow.
And whom did the Spurs beat that year?
LeBron is better and now in Miami as the subplots thicken.
Predicting a Spurs’ win against the Heat has nothing to do with sentimentality.
No one is playing at a higher level than San Antonio.
Plus, the Spurs are strongest in the two main areas where the Heat are the weakest: in the paint and at point guard.
The Spurs don’t deliver a Roy Hibbert-type of presence like the Pacers did, forcing the Heat out of their small ball dominance, but they have Duncan and Tiago Splitter. And they have point guard Tony Parker, who has been unsolvable this postseason.
The Finals has been promoted as LeBron vs. Duncan, but it’s really LeBron vs. Parker. If Parker plays as well as he did in San Antonio’s stunning sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies, the Heat will lose.
While the Heat’s defense can be smothering, they won’t be playing a Pacers’ team that carried a turnover issue into the series. The Spurs are the epitome of precision basketball, leaning on Parker to score and run the offense.
And the Spurs, unlike the Pacers, certainly will not be intimidated by the moment against the defending champs.Brian Schmitz is the Magic Insider for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him at email@example.com. And you can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@magicinsider.