Rarely are we blessed with a more competitive, balanced, and exciting of a NBA Finals as we were last year between the Heat and Spurs. Getting the opportunity to do it all again? Unheard of. But basketball fans around the world have been blessed with the opportunity to witness the NBA’s best player take on the NBA’s best team (record-wise, that is).
We know how close the series was last season. The Spurs had the trophies in their hands, only to have Ray Allen save Miami’s life and eventually force a Game 7. The decisive game once again saw the Spurs come agonizingly close, this time Tim Duncan missing a bunny in the closing minutes of the game, allowing the Heat to hang on and win their second consecutive title.
To call this year’s predictions a toss-up would be an understatement. Editors from all around the NBA’s FanSided section got together and offered their own predictions, and they were just as split as the rest of America.
|Editor||Respective Website||Who Wins?||Why?|
|Josh Haslam||Purple and Blues||Spurs in 5||Ball will bounce SA’s way.|
|Matt Cianfrone||Pelican Debrief||Heat in 7||LeBron James.|
|Rami Michail||The Smoking Cuban||Spurs in 6||Tim won’t lose again.|
|Michael Saenz||Sir Charles in Charge||Heat in 6||D-Wade. #FreeBeasley|
|Chris Manning||Right Down Euclid||Heat in 6||LeBron James.|
|Nicholas Whalen||Behind the Buck Pass||Spurs in 7||SA won’t let it slip again.|
|Brian Boake||Raptors Rapture||Spurs in 7||Last year was lucky for MIA.|
|Aaron Somers||FanSided||Spurs in 3||Anti-LeBron.|
|Michael Dunlap||Hoops Habit||Heat in 6||Wade/LeBron.|
|Drew Corrigan||The Sixer Sense||Heat in 6||TP injury vs. LeBron.|
|Valerie Morales||Lake Show Life||Heat in 6||LeBron James.|
|Brad Rowland||ATL All Day||Spurs in 7||SA has a better team.|
|Cody Powers||Purple and Blues||Spurs in 7||SA is on a mission.|
|Bill Simpson||Air Alamo||Spurs in 7||Timmy is not losing.|
|Mike Catalino||Nugg Love||Spurs in 6||Spurs get their revenge!|
|Adam Best||CEO of FanSided||Heat in 6||TP injury vs. Wade/LBJ|
|Scott Davis||Buckets o. Broadway||Heat in 6||Spurs health/age|
|Jacob Rude||FanSided||Spurs in 6||Ray Allen won’t be left open.|
|David MacKay||Rip City Project||Spurs in 7||GINOBILI!!!!!!!|
|Ronald Agers||Pippen Ain’t Easy||Heat in 6||LBJ, Wade, overall game plan.|
Final tally (excluding Spurs in 3) – Spurs 11, Heat 9.
Strap up. This one will be fun.