The San Antonio Spurs are too old, too slow and too hurt…but they’re back in the NBA Finals! San Antonio last played in the championship series back in 2007 and with their Big Three still intact, the Spurs have finally returned for one last hurrah.
The last time Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan played in the Finals, they swept LeBron James‘ Cleveland Cavaliers and if this year’s Eastern Conference Finals keep going the way they are now, LeBron’s Miami Heat will be the team to try and keep the Spurs from winning a fifth title.
Of course, you can never simply blow off the Indiana Pacers, so don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Paul George has made life tough for LeBron thus far in the Eastern Conference Finals and Roy Hibbert has proven he’s a superstar, so Indiana could easily surprise everyone and make an impromptu trip to the Finals. But don’t bet on that because the NBA wants the Heat in the title series for television ratings.
Duncan’s first Finals appearance was 14 years ago, the longest span between title appearances in NBA history, but he won’t be satisfied until he accomplishes another milestone — a ring for his thumb.