Finally the day is here. Tonight we finally get to start the second edition of Heat/Spurs in the NBA Finals. It has been a long year that at times was boring but these next (hopefully) seven games should make it all worth it. Anyway on to the links:
The Hate: Mike Prada takes a look at people hating the LeBron-era Heat for the wrong reasons.
That’s a big key here. Heat owner Micky Arison is willing to spend $80 million on his team to compete for a title. Spurs owner Peter Holt will occasionally trickle past the threshold, but typically stays below it. It’s not that R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich are morally opposed to “buying” a roster. It’s just not feasible given their financial limitations. And it’s not necessary because the front office hit grand slams in three drafts, picking up Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
The Potential Problem: NBA.com’s Paul Schumann takes a look at the problems with the Heat’s defense and why a piece of it is LeBron James.
At the center of a lot of the breakdowns was James, who couldn’t handle the obligations of defending one of Indiana’s big men. His pick-and-roll defense was poor, he got beat back-door more than once, and he even got bullied under the basket by Lance Stephenson.
The Pelicans: John Reid is doing a chat today over at Nola.com. Make sure to stop by if you aren’t doing anything around 1 pm CT.