The San Antonio Spurs advanced to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive season after they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime in Game 6. As great of a victory as it was, there was not much time to celebrate as the Spurs know that the Miami Heat, the same team that defeated them last year in the NBA Finals, is already waiting for them. The good news for San Antonio is that last year’s disappointing loss has built a confidence in them that may be the single reason why they emerge victorious, at least that is what Tim Duncan’s thought process is.
“It’s unbelievable to regain that focus after that devastating loss that we had last year,” Duncan told ESPN. “But we’re back here. We’re excited about it. We’ve got four more to win. We’ll do it this time.
“We’re happy it’s the Heat again. We’ve got that bad taste in our mouths still.”
The unfortunate part about it is no one is really surprised that a rematch will occur in the NBA Finals for the first time in 16 years. That’s just what the NBA has turned into ever since the “Big Three” joined forces in South Beach a few years ago. Not to mention, the Spurs have been a force to be reckoned with for over a decade. As disappointed as some may be to re-watch the same two teams battle for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, the reality is it is potentially the most exciting matchup any of us could have asked for.
To watch LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh take on Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will be a thrill. Not to mention, Gregg Popovich is one of the greatest coaches of all time. It will be entertaining to watch him come up with a game plan to stop Miami’s athleticism.
As far as the NBA Finals itself, Duncan should be confident that San Antonio will defeat Miami, especially since the Spurs nearly had the series in the bag last season before the Heat’s Ray Allen shocked the basketball world with his epic 3-pointer to win Game 6. The momentum was too much to handle, which is why Miami dominated in Game 7. However, the Spurs’ undeniable experience will be a big factor in possibly bringing down the Heat.
San Antonio will host Miami in Game 1 on Thursday night.