I don’t do a lot of predictions here because, well, I know that nobody really cares about them.
But here goes:
Miami is going to win every one of the three upcoming games in San Antonio and at least two of those wins won’t be close.
The Spurs have a brilliant system that consistently cranks out 50 to 60 wins and moderate levels of success in the playoffs. But in the years since Tim Duncan’s prime ended, that’s all they are: a very good — sometimes great — “system.”
The Heat are plenty principled themselves; a well-coached team stacked with talents and veteran smarts. But perhaps more importantly, the Heat can improvise. If you watched how last night’s second half unfolded, you saw this stark difference on clear display. Whereas the Spurs have spots they want to get to, LeBron James is a threat to create a dunk or wide-open three the moment that he crosses the half-court line.
As Earl Monroe says, “That’s what it’s about in basketball: being able to get from one spot to another on the court.”
Chris Bosh’s ankle looks like it’s coming around, Spoelstra is bound to start staggering Wade and James a bit more to open up the half-court and there will just plain old be too much LeBron.
I’m going on the record with Heat in 5.