By: Andrew Oak
The cement is down and the Spurs have been paving their way through these playoffs to set up Tim Duncan's fifth NBA Title. The San Antonio Spurs have absolutely opened up this series with two consecutive blow out victories at Miami. No one saw this coming.
So at one point in Game 3 after the first half where the Spurs set the NBA playoff record for a shooting percentage in a half (75.8%) shooting 25 for 33 and dropping 71 points, I had that feeling in which I thought this is how an NBA team should be coached and managed. Coming from the top in Gregg Popovich, to obtaining Tim Duncan with the first overall pick in 1997, to drafting other European players in the draft and not signing free agents with large contracts, The San Antonio Spurs are the model franchise that other NBA teams should model.
For those people who don't know much about basketball or the Spurs, consider this a dynasty much similar to the current Patriots. The same coach, the same player, yet the message is the same from the top of the organization to the last person on the roster. Its not only a tough thing to coach this way, but its also a very difficult thing to master and the Spurs have mastered it all and then some.
They have certainly exceeded expectations this season and have just put an absolute beat-down on the Heat in the four games thus far. One person I love to follow when covering and watching basketball has been Stephen A. Smith from ESPN. Not only is he well informed on the NBA and basketball, he's also very brutally honest which why I love his commentary. After the game, Stephen A. just annihilated the Heat's confidence and their motivation by saying the Heat are finished and there is no doubt about it that the Spurs win in 5. Although I'll never count out the Heat until they are officially out, Stephen A. Smith was on to something that he kept on repeating last night.
"THE HEAT LOOK DEAD."
The Heat have looked absolutely exhausted this postseason and it had showed the last two games. It was the first time in NBA history that the home team lost by 15+ points in the NBA Finals. The fact that it was the back to back defending champions makes this feat so much more legendary. The Spurs are so focused on winning the next game and Popovich is the main reason why. Not only have the Heat stars been playing an extreme amount of minutes this playoffs, but the fact that the Spurs defense and depth chart can matchup versus certain players have been extremely noticeable.
Just think about it like this. The Spurs have multiple defenders to guard LeBron, Wade and Bosh and the more curious thing this postseason is that the Heat have been playing an EXTREME amount of minutes down the stretch without a PG on the floor. This could be a knack on Erik Spoelstra for sure however the Heat are beating up themselves too much. Mario Chalmers has been a no show and Spoelstra thinks that by adding Ray Allen on the floor will make Tony Parker play defense, that he will eventually get tired. WRONG! Popovich knows what Spoelstra is doing and Pop doesn't even skip a beat by making sure there are proper switches and proper defensive assignments in the Heat's half court offense. To add to the Heat's misery, the NBA Finals isn't even over and there are multiple reports that Carmelo Anthony is going to join the Big 3 after this season.
First off, the fact that these reports are ongoing during the NBA Finals is ridiculously stupid and that the media are just looking for some more story lines for the Heat. THERE IS AN NBA FINALS UP FOR GRABS AND THERE IS NON STOP TALK ABOUT CARMELO TO MIAMI! PUMP THE DAMN BRAKES PEOPLE!!! LET THE SEASON FINISH!!
Ah, that felt nice to get off my chest.
The more irate thing is that people are already talking about it like its a done deal. The attention is officially in the wrong spot. The attention should be about the Spurs dominance and not about what happens this offseason for Miami. So when the Spurs win this series and when Duncan gets five rings to match Kobe. We will see where the attention should be. And that is with the model franchise in the San Antonio Spurs.
Just a few writers from Boston passionate about their sport's teams. Feel free to comment and leave your own opinion. I hope you enjoy!