San Antonio Spurs
In a rematch of last years final which went 7 games, the San Antonio Spurs square off against the Miami Heat and Tony Parker and company hope to prevent LeBron and the Heat from winning their third consecutive NBA championship.
The Spurs were on the verge of celebrating a fifth title. Two nights later, they were congratulating the Heat. The Spurs wanted a rematch. It begins Thursday in San Antonio.
The Spurs and Heat met with the media on Wednesday in their final practices before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Here are five things that came up along the way.
“I like everybody,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Sideline reporters might disagree, but that’s what he said in response to comments that the Spurs don’t like the Heat.
A rematch in the NBA Finals against the only team to beat them in a championship series. Home-court advantage. And a few days off before the start to get healthy and prepare.
The Spurs will face the Heat in the NBA Finals, a rematch of last year’s championship series. Here’s a look at each position on the court, and which team’s player may have the edge.
Tim Duncan had 22 points, Manu Ginobili scored 19 points, and San Antonio rolled to a 117-89 win over Oklahoma City in Game 5 on Thursday night, taking a 3-2 series lead.
Russell Westbrook had 40 points, 10 assists and five steals in the Thunder’s 105-92 victory over the Spurs on Tuesday night that tied the series at two games apiece.
Serge Ibaka started the game and scored 15 points to help the Thunder defeat the Spurs 106-97 and cut San Antonio’s lead in the Western Conference finals series to 2-1.
Mark Cuban has never shied away from expressing his true feelings about the San Antonio Spurs. So does he really want the Spurs to win another title? You might be surprised.
The Thunder say defensive standout Serge Ibaka may not be lost for the playoffs, after all, and could be available for Game 3 on Sunday.
The San Antonio Spurs are rolling toward a return to the NBA Finals, and Oklahoma City looks powerless to slow them down without Serge Ibaka.