By Eddie McDonald
Twenty eight seconds doesn’t seem like a whole lot of time, but on a fateful night in Miami about a year ago, twenty eight seconds was an eternity. The San Antonio Spurs were up five, with 28 seconds to play against the Miami Heat. The game was all but over, until it wasn’t. The Spurs late-game collapse allowed the Heat to win Game 6 and eventually win Game 7 to capture it’s second consecutive NBA championship.
Flash forward a year from that and we have the same two teams squaring off for all the marbles. The Spurs are looking to avenge last year’s collapse and take back what they believe is theirs. Miami (making it’s fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance), will look to join the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and the Chicago Bulls as the only franchises to three peat.
San Antonio focused all offseason and regular season on getting back to the finals and here they are. The Spurs know they let a championship slip through the cracks last year and are hell bent on avenging that loss. San Antonio, who had the NBA’s best regular season record, will look to right it’s own wrong. Tim Duncan will be playing in his sixth NBA Finals, looking for ring number five. Not only is this the rematch of Duncan’s Spurs versus LeBron’s Heat, but it’s the rubber match between the two. Duncan got his fourth ring in 2007 when he and his Spurs knocked off LeBron’s then Cleveland Cavaliers in a clean sweep. LeBron and his new team got the better of Duncan and company a year ago.
In one corner you have the two time, reigning, defending NBA champions Miami Heat who are seeking the highly covered and hard to get three peat. In the other corner, one of the best teams in the past 15 years in the Spurs, who are looking to avenge their collapse from last year. Rematch vs. redemption begins Thursday. Buckle up, because it’s going to be another epic collision.