The San Antonio Spurs have won their fifth title in the last fifteen years, a remarkable level of achievement, especially considering the way that they’ve done it, winning with a mix of stunning international players, unexpected finds, and castoffs. And with Tim Duncan too, the greatest big man of his generation, easily one of the game’s best ever players.
In this year’s Finals, they won by blitzing the reigning Miami Heat in the Finals’ first, third, fourth, and fifth games. The Spurs simply destroyed the Heat. And in clinching the title, the Spurs did so by going down 22-6 in the fifth game’s first seven minutes, then outscoring the Heat 98-65 the rest of the way. It was almost as if the Spurs simply wanted to know how the Heat were going to play, then adjusted accordingly, then ran them out of the building. They did so playing the most beautiful basketball, moving the ball around in a way that most NBA teams don’t or won’t or can’t. Words don’t do it justice. Video does:
Here’s to the San Antonio Spurs, as good a team as there has ever been.
A quick note about LeBron James – his usual critics are going to delight in his failure to three-peat and will note, with glee, that his Finals record now stands at 2-3 overall. But the people doing this are trolls and should be ignored. He played fantastically. But the beauty of basketball is that the game is about more than a singular player, even one of its best ever. LeBron was surrounded with players who stood looking at him to do literally everything, a frankly impossible ask. If you hear anybody insisting that this was LeBron’s fault, ignore them for-literally-ever about basketball.