5 Reasons Why Miami Heat Will Win the 2013 NBA Finals
Reasons Why Miami Will Win 2013 NBA Finals
After being pushed to the limit by the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, it is fair to wonder if the Miami Heat will go down to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. The Spurs are coming off of a four game sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals and with players like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili leading the way, the Spurs have more championship experience than Miami.
Spurs coach Greg Popovich is one of the best coaches in the league. He will undoubtedly have a great game plan for the Spurs to attack the Heat. I think they will try to be very physical with Chris Bosh and make Dwyane Wade run around the court until his knees fall off. That being said, in the end, I think the overwhelming talent on this Miami squad will prevail.
Miami has the great equalizer with the best player in the game, LeBron James. As usual, the league MVP will be the focal point of the Miami offense and will spend the majority of the Heat's defensive possessions on the best players for the Spurs. Surely, other players for Miami will have to step up in order for them to win back-to-back titles, but James is the best player on the planet and he will continue to hide problems that the Heat have.
When it is all said and done, I think this will be a very close and competitive series. San Antonio is no joke and I think the Spurs will definitely put up a good fight. That being said, I am giving the edge to Miami and here are five reasons why.
5. Home Court Advantage
Even though San Antonio has been an incredible 6-1 on the road this postseason, I think the home court advantage will be big for Miami. When you have home court advantage, all you have to do is win your home games, and you win the series. Miami is 37-4 at home this season, including 7-2 in the playoffs. The Heat do not lose in Miami very often.
4. Three-Point Shooting
The three-point shooters for Miami really struggled at times in the Eastern Conference Finals. Guys like Ray Allen, Mike Miller and Norris Cole had their moments, but definitely could have been better. If Miami can use its three-point barrage to take some pressure off of James, it should win this series.
The Heat play lock-down defense. Role players such as Chris Anderson and Udonis Haslem play a key role for Miami defensively. That being said, James is the one that makes the defense so good. His ability to defend all five positions is unmatched in the NBA. I think he will spend some time on both Parker and Duncan during this series.
2. Dwyane Wade Will Play Better
Dwyane Wade is simply a better player than he has shown thus far in the playoffs. He does have a bum knee, but he should be better than what he has been. He showed us a spark in Game 7 against Indiana, with a 21 point and nine rebound performance. I think Wade has been saving a little for the end of the playoffs. He is very good at knowing how much his body can give him and with this being the Finals, I think he is ready to give it his all. Wade is the key to this series in my eyes.
1. LeBron James is the Best Player in the World
LeBron is the one that makes all of this come together. Defensively, if he could not defend all five positions like he does, they would not be as elite. Offensively, if he could not break down a defense and find the shooters like he does, their three point-shooters would not get open looks. Simply put, James is the best player in the world, and his game is very versatile. Miami does have plenty of holes, but James hides many of them.