- SPURS WIN GM 1 - SA 92 HEAT 88 GM 1- PARKER & DUNCAN GM 1 - CLUTCH SHOT - SPIN
- DUNCAN 05 FINALS - PARKER 07 FINALS - MANU 05 FINALS - MANU DUNKS - MANU
- TV RATINGS BACKLASH TO SPURS TOO BORING TOO FUNDAMENTAL OR TO EURO BASED
- THROWBACK MANU GINOBILI 46 PT 8 A VS LEBRON 39 PT 9 A - 2013 EUROLEAGUE FINAL
- NBA FINALS GAME ONE THE EUROLEAGUE BASED SPURS VS LEBRON, D WADE & BOSH
The NBA Finals start tonight with the NBA 2013 regular season MVP, Lebron James trying to lead the Miami Heat to back to back titles, with game one starting in South Beach, in the 2-3-2 format. Lebron and the Heat could be going for their third straight title, if it was not for the attacking small PG of the Mavs, J.J Barea, a member of the Puerto Rican national team who caused the Heat major problems in the 2011 NBA Finals, as Mike Bibby and Mario Chalmers struggled to keep Barea out of the lane. If the Heat kept another Puerto Rican national team PG on the roster, Carlos Arroyo, instead of releasing him and going with the older and slower Mike Bibby in the 2011 NBA Finals, the knowledge of Carlos Arroyo playing against J.J Barea in national team practices, might mean Lebron and the Heat could be going for a chance at a Three-Peat in this finals. An attacking small PG is one way to cause the Heat problems on defense, as J.J Barea showed in 2011 and Nate Robison showed in his 27 point game one victory with the Bulls in this playoff run, but the problems French national team PG Tony Parker could cause the Heat, could be even larger than the problems Roy Hibbert caused them on the inside in their past seven game Eastern Conference series versus the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers went to work on the inside with Hibbert, but the spot-up PG 3 point shooting game of George Hill, is not the way to beat the Heat, as Miami attacked Hibbert with double-teams in game 7, daring the Pacers to beat them over the top with deep shots, as they did not respect the dribble drive game of George Hill and Lance Stephenson and double dared Sam Young to look at the bucket. The Spurs on the other hand still have the inside buckets with Tim Duncan and the Tiago Splitter rolling to the bucket, but the difference in the NBA Finals will be the dribble drive game of Hall of Fame, take over, top of the key guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and when Parker and Ginobili get into the lane, they have better knock down 3 point shooters than Indiana had, as Matt Bonner, former Italian league guard Gary Neal, former Union Olimpija guard Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard all can get hot from long range stroking the ball. Lebron James will continue to get his and Chris Bosh will start to play better in the Finals, but the series could come down to which Dwyane Wade is on the court, the one that has been on the court for most of the 2013 NBA playoffs, or the Dwyane Wade that showed up for game 7 versus the Pacers. The Spurs will ride the hot hand of French PG Tony Parker in the finals and Tim Duncan will continue to be solid, but this NBA Finals could come down to Manu Ginobili production versus the Dwyane Wade production. Both Wade and Ginobili have come up huge in past NBA Finals and the long rest might have helped the soon to be 36 year old Ginobili, but for the San Antonio Spurs trio of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili and their Euroleague based squad to win their 4th NBA title together, it could very well come down to how much help Lebron James and Tony Parker get from Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS FORMER EUROPEAN LEAGUE PLAYERS ON 2012-13 ROSTER
1. Tony Parker - French L.
2. Manu Ginobili - Italian L.
3. Danny Green - Adriatic L.
4. Tiago Splitter - Spanish ACB L.
5. Gary Neal - Italian L.
6. Boris Diaw - French L.
7. DeJuan Blair - Russian L.
8. Nando De Colo - Spanish ACB L.
9. Aron Baynes - VTB United L.
- NBA GLOBAL TOP SCORERS 2012-13 REGULAR SEASON