We’re in the final stretch of the 2013-14 NBA season. It’s been a crazy year. The Pacers got their home court advantage that they wanted versus the Heat, but it ended up not even being useful because they didn’t even go to game 7. Five young teams, namely the Wizards, the Raptors, the Bobcats, the Clippers, and the Suns, finally broke through, but the Cavaliers still were stuck towards the bottom. The 2 most historic franchises in NBA history, the Celtics and the Lakers, had the 6th and the 7th worst records respectively. The Spurs continued to surprise us by getting the best record in the NBA even though their core is continuing to get older. The 2 New York teams, the Knicks and Nets, completely let their city down in the first half of the season, but even though the Knicks continued on that path to not making the playoffs, the Nets turned it around and got the 6 seed in the East. The 76ers, the Bucks, and the Magic all seemed to tank the season to get the number one overall pick in the draft, but the Cavaliers still got lucky enough to get that pick in the lottery in what people are saying is the best draft since 2003. Kevin Durant won his first MVP over 4-time MVP winner Lebron James. However, the Heat and the Thunder didn’t surprise anyone, both gaining the second seeds in their respected conferences. Now, it’s time for the Finals between the Heat and the Spurs, which means it’s time for my predictions:
#1 San Antonio Spurs vs. #2 Miami Heat
Miami Heat in 7
This Spurs team would’ve been the best team in the NBA if it existed in the 2009-10 season. They could’ve easily beaten the Lakers team that won the championship in the Conference Finals, and they probably would’ve beaten the 2010 Celtics in the Finals. However, this team exists now. They exist at the same time as the team with Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and a myriad of role players who fit in perfectly with that big three. This could be the greatest rivalry right now in the NBA. I’m very excited to see this series. Last year, the Spurs came within a Ray Allen three pointer of beating the Heat in 7 games. It will be close, but I honestly think the Heat are going to win it all. It’s pretty much a toss up. The Heat have arguably the best player in the NBA right now in Lebron James, and he may even be the second best player in NBA history, but the Spurs play the best team basketball we have seen in a long time, maybe ever. Many say the Spurs are getting too old to beat the Heat, but the average age of the Heat is the oldest in the NBA. Though that may be because of the role players that they have that are somewhat old, the Spurs do have 22 year-old Kawhi Leonard and 26 year-old Danny Green, who have been two of the most important players on the Spurs the past two seasons. Also, Tony Parker, arguably the most important player on the Spurs, is only 32 years old, the same age as the Heat’s second most important player Dwyane Wade. However, in my mind, the Heat are a better team, and they will be too much for the Spurs.