It would not be a crime to look at the 2014 NBA Finals as the nice guys versus the extremely nice guys. Especially since it will be the total opposite of an Eastern Conference Finals filled with flops, fines and grown men blowing in each other’s ears.
You can almost guarantee that there will be no antics and that the only annoyance that the series will be marred in will either be referee-based or the tempered reactions of players to the media’s perceived slights. Besides that, the only reason the Miami Heat will catch any type of flashbacks of the Indiana Pacers is the thought of ”home cooking.”
However the home-court advantage will likely be less related to foul trouble than the San Antonio Spurs’ sharpshooting guard Danny Green.
Although he’s only averaging 9.3 points per game in this year’s playoffs, Miami fans may remember him for breaking Ray Allen’s NBA Finals record for three-pointers made — with 27 — before drifting into a weird South Beach silence last postseason. But the fact that the Spurs are starting the series in San Antonio could be cause for nerves.
In the last two rounds, Green has knocked down 21 three-pointers and averaged 13.5 points in the AT&T Center as opposed to only putting up 7.2 on the road while shooting as bad as 14, 20 and 33 percent from beyond the arch.
In other words, Dwyane Wade should always be aware of where No. 4 is on that Texas court. That means no gambling on steals as he chases him around, no falling asleep while watching plays and no excuses for leaving a man open who has no game off the dribble.
Everyone has lauded how a healthy D-Wade could shift the series with his offense, but his defense will be just as much of a key to the franchise winning its fourth title.