Q: Who will win the 2014 NBA Finals and why?
The obvious reason to pick the Heat to win the NBA finals is because they have arguably the second best player of all time in Lebron James. James has been his usual self during the playoffs, making his defenders look silly (including Lance Stephenson). In addition, Lebron James’ supporting cast has shown up in the playoffs, as Dwyane Wade has shown some range during the postseason, averaging 1.2 threes per contest while scoring 18.7 points per game. The third member of the big three, Chris Bosh has also played well during the playoffs, scoring in bunches including multiple 20 point 10 rebound games against the Pacers. It seems inevitable that the Heat will get consistent scoring from their big three as well as some supporting players such as Rashard Lewis, Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, and Ray Allen. Although the Spurs have had a valiant postseason, they will be worn out from a much more difficult road to the finals, having to face multiple challenging teams throughout the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Spurs, the best team has yet to come. Miami in 6
This is the rematch everyone has been waiting for. Will the Heat be able to pull the upset again and beat the well-oiled machine that is the San Antonio Spurs? Or will Tim Duncan finally add that elusive fifth title and cement himself as the best power forward ever? In my opinion, it all comes down to Tony Parker's health. If he can play like himself without feeling effects of that nagging injury, then the Spurs will follow Tim Duncan's lead, "And get it done this time." Spurs in 6.
I think this will be the series that defines the career of LeBron James. This is the first time all playoffs where we don’t know for sure the Heat will win. Let’s be honest, we all knew Indiana had no chance. With that being said, the Heat are going to have to overcome a lot in this series, as the Spurs are a very good basketball team. I think Miami will win in seven games. LeBron James will have a disappointing game six and just when everyone is ready to crown the San Antonio the champs, the best player in the world will have his best game ever.
I’m not sure that you could find a basketball fan that despises hearing about the Heat and LeBron James more than I do, but it’s inevitable: Miami is the better team in this series. While it might hurt that the Heat do not have home-court advantage this time around, I really like the way this team has been playing recently. Dwyane Wade appears to be completely healthy after sitting out almost half of the team’s regular season games while Chris Bosh has consistently picked up the slack when the Heat have needed him most. The Heat’s lack of depth is somewhat concerning to me, but Miami in seven games is still my pick.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe