Posts Tagged ‘nba finals’

 

By Will Robinson

 

The 2011 NBA Finals are kicking off tonight with the Dallas Mavericks tipping off in Miami against the Heat. Even though barely any players from the 2006 Finals remain, this will be considered a rematch of the controversial series. Here is a position by position breakdown for the starters, as well as looking at the bench as a whole, along with my final prediction of how the series will turn out.

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By Brent Pella

 

It’s been years since basketball was as exciting as it has been the past two months; Derrick Rose received a much-deserved MVP award and the Kings are staying in Sacramento.

 

Then the Lakers were swept, and the Bulls seemed to be charging toward an NBA championship appearance as if it were a red cape. All that stood in their way was a series against the Heat.

 

But then Miami remembered who was on its team.

 

The Heat have been hated, booed, criticized, and underrated all season. Yet as I write this article, just hours after the Eastern Conference Championship has been played, our perspective on the Heat is subject to dramatic change.

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By Dylan Jamaal Davis

Let’s travel back to June 25th, 1997. On this date, the San Antonio Spurs had the first overall pick in the NBA Draft and used that selection on Wake Forest big man Tim Duncan. Duncan was the reigning college player of the year and one of the best prospects of the decade to join the professional ranks. As a member of the Spurs, he joined future hall of famer David Robinson in a loaded frontcourt that looked poised to bring multiple NBA championships to the Alamo City.

 

The Twin Towers brought a championship almost immediately following the strike shortened 1999 season. Robinson was reaching the tail end of his storied career, but with smart drafting and a patient front office, the Spurs were able to add point guard Tony Parker in 2001 and shooting guard Manu Ginobili for the 2002 season. Alongside Duncan, Parker and Ginobili were able to capture NBA crowns in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Duncan fostered a defense-first, unselfish mentality that was embraced by the entire Spurs organization as they dominated for over a decade. Two thousand eleven was seen as the final hurrah for the Spurs as the core three had all moved past their prime and been robbed of much of their athleticism. Left with only their basketball IQ’s and a few promising role players, the Spurs grabbed the number one seed in the Western Conference playoffs and looked poised for a long playoff run.

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