By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on June 2, 2014
On Thursday, NBA fans will witness a rematch of one of the best NBA Finals of all time. The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat are two of the most skilled teams in the NBA, and their talent will be on full display in the finals once again. With the ability to go to seven games, this series will be one to watch. Here are five reasons to watch this year's NBA Finals.
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The Heat are led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Known as the "Big 3", the Heat have used their stars to win two straight NBA championships. On the other hand, the Spurs are the old-time "Big 3", led by Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Whichever Big 3 plays better will triumph in the series.
Each year NBA fans say that this year will be the last for San Antonio. While the Los Angeles Lakers have captured all of the attention, it has been the Spurs that have the most hardware in the past decade. Tim Duncan is 38 and Tony Parker has been playing through a ton of injuries. Manu Ginobili is also 36. Although Kawhi Leonard is an up-and-coming star, San Antonio's magic may run out after this year.
Known as one of the most stoic individuals in the NBA, Gregg Popovich is widely known around the league for being one of the best head coaches. Another thing people love about Popovich is his interviews during and after the game. If you're in the mood for some good humor, watching this series will be a good idea.
The NBA is known for being a dramatic sport, and the theatrics will be on full display this year because of last year's series. With around 25 seconds left in Game 6 last year, it looked like the Spurs were going to win it all. One year later, the Spurs have that bad taste in their mouth from last year which could make this year's series even more appealing.
Before LeBron James made "The Decision" on an hour-long segment on ESPN, he was known as a choke-artist and he needed to join a "bandwagon" to win a championship. James has now made it to four straight NBA Finals, and he has a chance to solidify his name even more in the discussion with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. A third ring would bring even more respect to LeBron's name.
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