The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat will square off in this year’s NBA Finals. Though the Spurs secured their spot one week ago today in a series sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies, The Heat are just now ready to join them after a grueling series with the Indiana Pacers. The Heat struggled against the Pacers’ loaded frontcourt for 6 games before figuring out how to play their own way. This epiphany led to the brutal destruction of the Pacers, 99-76.
The key to Miami’s victory tonight was aggression. They attacked the basket on nearly every possession, putting Indiana in foul trouble early. What I am more impressed with, however, is their control of the glass. The Pacers’ big men seemed to have rebounding locked down before tonight, yet Dwyane Wade alone had 6 offensive rebounds (9 total) in his best performance since game 2 of the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks.
As a journalist, I often try to stay impartial- giving only hints of my preferences game-to-game (and the occasional slight at Raymond Felton’s expense), but damn if I didn’t want Indiana to win this one. It’s not that I hate the Heat- I don’t. It’s just that I’m tired of watching them in the Finals. This will be their 3rd consecutive NBA Finals appearance. I would rather watch an up and coming team that gets 0 recognition 90% of the time compete on the grandest stage than watch Miami display what a large market can buy.
That being said, the Heat play truly amazing basketball and it is a gift to behold at times. The NBA Finals begin on June 6th in Miami, on ABC. Be sure to watch Tim Duncan and the Spurs take on LeBron James and the Heat. It’s sure to be an incredible series. Better luck next year, Indiana.