By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on June 3, 2014
The Miami Heat have reached the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year and are on a mission to win their third straight championship. Here are five reasons why they will accomplish this feat and beat the San Antonio Spurs.
While depth is a great strength of San Antonio's, it is also a strength of Miami's. Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Norris Cole and Chris Andersen form a talented and veteran-laden unit that can come off the bench and make problems for opposing teams in a hurry due to versatility and ability on both ends of the floor. Throw in these players with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and it creates a unit more formidable than the Spurs' rotation.
The Heat are one of the best shooting teams in the league, and they can spread the floor just like San Antonio. Allen, Battier and Chris Bosh are all excellent shooters from beyond the arc, and when James and Mario Chalmers are on their game from deep, then there is very little teams can do to stop the Heat. The number of lanes that become open for James and Wade due to the floor spacing they have to work with makes things tough on opponents.
Defense is a specialty of the Miami Heat, when the team chooses to play it properly of course. When on the top of their game, James and Wade are two of the best perimeter defenders in basketball, and Bosh is no slouch in the lane either, as he has the length to challenge opposing ball handlers and block shots. Each player on the Heat can hold their own on defense, creating a collective unit capable of stopping the Spurs in their tracks.
The Heat have plenty of veteran leadership to go up against the veteran core of San Antonio. With most of the team having already been in a championship atmosphere just like San Antonio, the Heat are more than capable of keeping calm and taking it to the Spurs be it at home or away. The best players usually win the biggest games, which brings me to the biggest reason why Miami will beat San Antonio in the Finals.
James is the best player in the world, and there is no argument to be had against it. Whether it be his scoring ability, his passing and rebounding or his defense, James can simply do anything he wants to on the court. San Antonio does not have an answer for James when he is at his best; Kawhi Leonard cannot contain James as much as San Antonio needs him to. James will carry his team to the promised land yet again.
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