The NBA Finals have ended with the San Antonio Spurs taking the championship for the fifth time since 1999.
The Spurs dismantled the Miami Heat to take the series 4-1.
Most of what you read about these Finals will be about how Miami lost it or how LeBron James isn’t Michael Jordan or about how bad the Heat’s supporting cast is.
But make no mistake, the narrative should be all about the Spurs and how dominant they were.
In three of their four wins, the Spurs shot above 50 percent from the field. In all four wins, the Spurs shot above 40 percent from 3-point range. You aren’t going to beat many teams when they’re that hot. San Antonio’s offensive execution and ball movement had Miami on its heels all series. The Spurs starters and bench played lights out.
But more impressive than that was the play of the Spurs’ defense. Outside of LeBron James, who is the best player on the planet, the Spurs held the Heat in check. Miami never cleared 100 points and in the final two games, the Heat failed to reach 90. The Spurs took away all of Miami’s offensive options, and if not for a career game from James in Game 2, the Spurs likely would’ve swept.
You’ll hear a lot of talk during the NBA offseason and a small amount of it will surround the Spurs. But at the end of the day, the Spurs had everything going for them. And once again, the Larry O’Brien Trophy calls San Antonio home.