In the summer of 2013 NBA fans were gifted with one of the most exciting NBA Finals in recent memory. The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat pushed the series to seven games while giving the fans many different special moments. Now, the two teams are set to face off again for another opportunity to hoist the NBA Championship trophy above their heads.
The Spurs versus the Heat is expected to be a great series from start to finish. The matchup pits two of the best scoring offenses and best defenses against each other in what will become an epic chess match. From top to bottom there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when talking about this series as opposed to the action that occurred last year.
This time around the Spurs will control home court. Home court advantage played a major role in the way the Heat took home the title last year. This time they will have to get their momentum together quickly against San Antonio in their own arena. The Spurs put together the best record in the league to gain home court advantage where they have a 32-9 record this season. Miami traveled to AT&T center in March where they were drummed by the Spurs. During the post season the Heat have looked very good when playing on the road. They will need to take a road victory early in this series to keep the Spurs in check from the start.
Miami will have to find additional support for their superstars which is vital to pulling off wins on the road. At this time, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are the only three players averaging double-digit points in the post season. This is opposed to the Spurs who have five players that have hit that mark. There's a number of players on Miami's roster that can explode for a big game at any moment. Last year Udonis Haslem had a number of big road games during the post season. There is a distinct need for someone to do the same if the Heat are to walk out with their third straight title.
The Spurs have found themselves in a dangerous position as their star point guard, Tony Parker, is currently questionable for the series opener. Not having him on the court will create a large void that the Heat can walk through to steal game one. Parker's injured ankle has limited him at this point in the post season but there isn't any bigger stage than the upcoming NBA Finals. If he can't go then the Spurs chances to avoid defeat for the second straight season will take a deep dive.
The NBA Finals haven't started and questions around home court and injuries have already begun to swirl. The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have the potential to put on another set of great games as both groups work to cement their legacies as two of the best organizations in recent NBA history.