By winstonharris on June 2, 2014
Many are expecting a great series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals, but what if I told you that the Heat don't stand a chance this time around? The fact of the matter is that the Spurs are not the same team from the last Finals and this is not the same situation. Check out the five reasons why the Heat don't stand a chance in the rematch.
The Spurs' bench has been a silent killer all year long. While everyone is concerned with the Spurs' "Big Three", it's been the bench that has put teams away for good. Boris Diaw recently put the Oklahoma City Thunder away with 26 points off the bench. Any one of the Spurs' reserves can go off, and the Heat just don't have an answer for that.
Dwyane Wade had missed a significant amount of games this year, preparing his knees for this moment. And although he has looked mobile throughout the playoffs, the grind of the season and playoffs will show in Wade's health. If Miami doesn't have Wade at his best, they'll be just as good as the Cleveland Cavaliers team that LeBron James led to defeat at the hands of the San Antonio.
The Miami Heat may have had the easiest road to an NBA Finals in NBA history. It is no secret that the Eastern Conference is a cakewalk and the Heat haven't been tested yet. The Spurs are a different animal and the Western Conference has heavy hitters. Miami was 20-10 against teams from the west side and split their games with the Spurs this season. Once pushed to their limits, they will fold faster than Roy Hibbert.
What is different from last year's NBA Finals? The Spurs have the home-court advantage. As San Antonio proved with a 111-87 blowout victory at home over the Heat earlier this season, Miami is not going to be able to sustain success on the road. And with a Game 7 in San Antonio, the Spurs will feel right at home.
Tim Duncan let everyone (including the Heat) know that this is not just another series. He made it clear that he wanted the Heat and they won't make the same mistake twice. If a guy who doesn't normally talk is speaking like this, that can only mean the Heat are going to get a legend at his best. The Heat have no one to guard "Timmy" and may have to try their luck with Greg Oden.
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