But first let’s look back at the Spurs consecutive playoff run since 1998 Spurs have not missed a playoff run. In this time they had secured 4 titles, now before 2014 there was a dark time the 2013 NBA finals game 6 the famous Ray Allen shot that sent the series to game 7. every Spurs has tried to erase this moment from their mind this has to be one of the worst moments for a Spurs fan. 2013 was supposed to be the Spurs title now the heat have gone back to back and are looking for a 3peat but will it be Thunder or Spurs looking to take that away from them.
Western Conference finals game 6 Spurs lead the series 3-2 after a tough battle through 4 quarters the game went to OT, OKC players had ran out of gas the only 4 of the starting 5 managed to get points (Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Reggie Jackson, Serge Ibaka) and the only bench player to get points was Derek Fisher. Kevin Durant has already massed a total of 51 minutes played. It wasn’t a shock when they lost and only scored 6 points in overtime compared to Spurs 11 points. A rematch was set and Miami’s big 3 will once again face the San Antonio Spurs. It was time for redemption. Game 1 fell to Spurs winning 110-95 with the original big 3 of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker bring the main focal points, LeBron James left the game early due to cramps and Spurs took advantage to take game 1.
Game 2 saw Heat renegezied and managed to win LeBron had himself a strong game with 35 points and 10 rebounds no matter how much Spurs rallied Heat’s LeBron changed the tide and they won getting home court advantage they were favourites to win game 3. Game 3 Spurs were ready one of the biggest and important changes was Boris Diaw entering the starting lineup, the first quarter saw them out score the heat 41-25 Kawhi had 16 points and was 5/5 from the field and had 2 rebounds and 1 block. 2nd Quarter saw the Spurs outscore Heat 30-25, Spurs lead the first half 71-50 and the Spurs set a finals record for shooting 75.8% in the first half. The second half saw Miami Heat attempt to make a comeback but it was too late Spurs offense was too much to handle the clean passing to find opportunities to score and once LeBron sat out Spurs went on scoring runs the game ended 111-92 in Spurs favour and they shot 59.4% from the field.
Game 4 the Spurs leading the series 2-1 were ready game 4 looked much of a repeat of game 3, the Spurs controlling majority of the game while they didn’t have the impressive first half shooting like game 3, the first quarter saw the Spurs hold the Heat to 17 points and in the second quarter saw Heat only score 19, they shot 35.2% from the field in the 1st half while Spurs shot 55.5% from the field in the 1st half, Spurs scored 26 and 29 in the 1st and 2nd quarter. Spurs lead 55-36 at the half, they had the same approach as game 3 rapid ball movement, accurate passing, knocking down wide open shots, bringing all teammates into the game. LeBron had 19 of the Heat’s 21 points in the 3rd quarter but that still wasn’t enough once the 4th rolled around it was too late, the Spurs still hitting shots and won the game. Kawhi finished the game with a double double 20 points 14 rebounds and had 3 steals and blocks, Boris Diaw was just shy of a triple double 8 points, 9 assists, 9 rebounds, Tony Parker had 19 points, Tim Duncan again notched another post season double double 10 points and 11 rebounds, Patty Mills was 4-6 from 3 point. and Danny Green was 3-5 from 3. All 13 Spurs players scored that night as for the Heat it looked like they couldn’t keep up with the pace, Dwayne Wade had 10 points on 3-13 shooting (23% FG%) Chris Bosh had 12 points on 11 shots he was 5-11.
Game 5 elimination game for the Heat, they were ready to play, LeBron came out the gate scoring 17 points leading Heat to a 29-22 lead after the first. In the 2nd quarter the Spurs clicked out scoring the Heat 25-11, Heat attempting to adjust rotations but this didn’t work. Spurs carried over the momentum and ultimately dismantled the Heat, scoring them 30-18 in the 3rd a flurry of 3s from Patty Mills helped by making 4-4 3s. The 4th quarter saw the Heat out score the Spurs 29-27 but by that time it was too late. Spurs closed out the game 104-87 and they finally won their 5th championship in 16 seasons and a young Kawhi Leonard won finals MVP and in the last 3 games Kawhi averaged 23.6 points 2 blocks 2 steals and 9.3 rebounds.
This Spurs 2014 team is truly stacked with players like Kawhi Leaonrd, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Danny Green, Patty Mills, Tiago Splitter and this team should never be forgotten as this team took down a team that just went back to back and featured a prime LeBron, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. This Spurs team is the blueprint for beautiful basketball, this team didn’t have any freaky athletic players or crazy superstars who do outrageous things. But this Spurs team was extremely talented. Tim Duncan was a top 5 player still a defensive monster and killed it offensively just ask Bosh, Anderson and Haslem about his down low game. Tony Parker still a top crafty point guard able to break down defenders and playmake and score when needed, Manu Ginobili still had gas in the tank coming off the bench having offensive outbursts turning back the clock. Danny Green 3 point shooting as well as backup guard Patty Mills helped boost Spurs with their 3 point shooting. Boris Diaw is a versatile big man, a point forward who was too fast for bigger defenders and too strong for smaller defenders, but his main point is his IQ, his effectiveness to bring players his court vision and passing ability, he is unselfish and his versatility is unmatched. And the Finals MVP Kawhi well he’s a two way monster able to score at will knocking down jump shots and taking it to the rim and get the boards as well as being a defensive monster able to contain players like LeBron James.
Ball movement, bringing in other players into the game and shooting constantly at a perfect rate. This helped Spurs get the win offensively over the Heat. Popovich wanted his players to move the ball around quickly, the ball movement was quick and accurate, the Heat defensively could not rotate quick enough and simply could not keep up. The unselfishness of players really helped, it made everyone a threat on the floor no matter who played they would impact the game, The Spurs has an EFG% of 60.4% (efficiency field goal %). This Spurs team is one of the most dominant teams in NBA history and should never be forgotten.