San Antonio Spurs
Dwyane Wade came off the bench for the first time in more than six years. The Larry O’Brien Trophy wasn’t at stake. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sported a casual, no-tie look.
No regular season game could match the intensity and pressure of Game 7 in the NBA finals. It was that setting that marked the last time the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat shared the floor.
The Miami Heat are used to planning championship ceremonies and Tuesday the team will once again raise a championship banner to the rafters of the American Airlines Arena for the third time in seven years.
It’s certainly not the NBA Finals, it’s not even the regular season and the result will quickly be forgotten. But after last season, any meeting between San Antonio and Miami means something.
Now that the second “Dwightmare” is over and mercurial center Dwight Howard has chosen the Houston Rockets as his next team, the big question is can he deliver first a Western Conference championship and then an NBA championship?
If there’s any organization that should know which team won the 2013 NBA Championship; one would think it would have to be the NBA. Right?
Coming into the deciding Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, everyone knew what to expect from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but it was the role players who would help swing the game for the Heat.
How do you follow up one of the greatest NBA Finals games in history? The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs did just that Thursday night with the greatest spectacle in sports, a Game 7, winner-take-all game at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals is less than 12 hours away and if you still don’t have a ticket, get ready to shell out quite a bit of cash if you want inside the AmericanAirlines Arena to see the game.
And then there was one. One game to decide the value of a year’s worth of work trying to become NBA champion. For one team, it’s one last shot at glory as the window is nearly closed on a historic run and for the other, immortality winning back-to-back championships.