Analysis: What to expect with the NBA Finals

I’ve been off this website since I don’t really know what I could write that hasn’t already been written. But I’ll check in more often this week, as we get closer to the start of the NBA Finals.

As great as the Warriors are, I can’t see them sweeping the Cavs. LeBron James is simply a tough guy to play against. Any team that has managed to beat a team with LeBron in it deserves a lot of credit. The Warriors did it once two years ago. They may very well do it again.

Obviously, last year’s Finals were of high significance to LeBron and the city of Cleveland. Back in 2010, when LeBron announced he would be heading off to Miami to join the Heat, the announcement was not very well-received over there. After four straight Finals appearances as a member of the Heat, he chose to go back to Cleveland and try to get their city an NBA championship. He did just that last year. Now he wants to do it again.

But I can only imagine that the Warriors will never get over the fact that they could’ve beat the Cavs last season, with a regular season winning record that beat that of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. I’m sure they’re going to do everything to win this series and take back the embarrassing loss of last year.

All in all, I see a lot of significance attached to this upcoming Finals series. If the Warriors can somehow win this series, this would prove that they are the most talented Western Conference team the NBA has seen since the early-00’s Los Angeles Lakers. If the Cavs manage to win this, this would seal the deal that LeBron is the best player of our generation and is worthy of comparisons to the great Michael Jordan. Should be a classic series — that’s for sure!

 

Best Spurs team that made the NBA Finals?

We’ve still got two more days until the next game in this Spurs-Warriors series. I don’t know what else to write, but I did think of something. So, if you’re a Spurs fan, which do you think was the best Spurs team that made the NBA Finals?

  • 1998-99 season
  • 2002-03 season
  • 2004-05 season
  • 2006-07 season
  • 2012-13 season
  • 2013-14 season

For me, I think the 1998-99 team will always be special since that was the first season the Spurs won a championship. But the 2013-14 season was pretty special too. We came so close to winning in 2013, and that 2014 Finals series was a golden opportunity for a rematch with the Miami Heat. Back then, the Heat were the most popular team in basketball. And we beat the Heat!

Sure, it wasn’t our first time beating a team with LeBron James in it (that would be the 2007 Finals). But we were in a match-up against the Heat at the height of popularity for the LeBron-led Heat. That’s like if the Spurs were to have faced the Jordan-era Bulls in the Finals in the 1990’s.

Some might argue that the 2004-05 team was special for a variety of reasons, possibly including the fact that the 2005 Finals pitted Coach Pop’s Spurs against former Spurs coach Larry Brown’s Detroit Pistons. If anything, Larry Brown proved to be a pretty good coach outside of the Spurs to get that series to a Game 7. But, in my opinion, no one compares to Pop (except Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr, and some other people I may be forgetting to include).

I don’t know. You tell me. Which was your favorite Spurs team from the seasons on this list? Comment down below and tell me what you think.