After a disappointing run in the play offs last season so many people wrote off the San Antonio Spurs as serious title contenders as most of the players in the team are in the evening of their careers,their would be leaders Tim Duncan,Tracy Mcgrady,Argetine Manuel Ginobili and French guard Tony Parker are all well into their thirties. With such worries for legendary coach Poppovic on the coast of Miami the BIG three as they are famously known(Lebron,Wade,Bosh) in their second season together got their first rings taking the title back to the American Airlines arena for the first time since a Wade inspired heat last won it in 2006.
At the beginning of the season many expected the Heat to be in the finals but not a single soul unless you are a Spurs die hard would have expected San Antonio to be the other team and easily get their as seen with their white wash of the best defensive team in the league,the Grizzlies. On the other hand the red hot favourites struggled to dispatch a stubborn Indiana team that gave them a more than good run for their money.
Fast forward four games into this WHITE HOT series its’s all two games a piece with both teams winning on the road,the shocker being Spurs win in Miami on day one,many blamed it on the fatigue of the Heat who had just had a hell of a game against Pacers as Spurs had a five day rest after their white wash of Marc Gasol‘s team,few were quick to point out the effect of their defence that limited Lebron below average points,”The King,” as Miami fans call him seemed not to have support from his team mates,any Miami fan should be worried that as long as LBJ is shooting below average the heat loose 95% of those games,siting too much dependance on him in fact some pundits were quick to point out that at some stages in this years play offs Miami’s dependance on James brought back memories of his days with the Cleveland Cavaliers…yes it was that bad.
Is Heat too dependant on Lebron? Well looking at the statistics Miami’s starters average 68.2 points,with Lebron contributing an average of 25.1 points far behind is Wade with 15.7 points thus the King contributes 37% of the Heat’s points. In contrast Spurs’ starters average 69.2 points,where there scores leader Parker contributes at a rate of 20.9 which translates into a mere 29% of all spurs points,one will quickly notice that on days like in game three when Parker and Duncan were off song other players in Green and Neal stepped up to the occasion thus showing the strength of the Spurs team,credit goes out to coach Pop for creating a system that allows his aging team to get contributions from everyone in the locker room at the same time keeping Miami at bay.
Easy to note that when Miami’s big three play the way they did last night(James 33 points,Wade 32 points and Bosh 20 points) the Heat is unstopable but will they be able to keep up such momentum going into the final best of three games? Easier said than done,where Spurs can call up bench players like Ginobili,Splitter and Bonner,the heat have only Allen contributing above 10 points per game from the bench. Is this a championship team play?your guess is as good as mine_____hell no. With a possible game 7 looming,Miami need the big three to get some sort of form consistency if they are to defend their title. A rearity for them in this play off season.
Do Spurs have the team to win this championship?_____Yes they do but first they should learn to stop Miami”s big three or hope last night’s Wade and Bosh show was just a good day.