Tim Duncan says Spurs will beat Heat in NBA Finals

June 1, 2014 – 1:15 am by Ryan Phillips
    Tim Duncan

The San Antonio Spurs dispatched the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the NBA’s Western Conference finals Saturday night, notching a 112-107 overtime win and moving on to the NBA Finals. It is the second-straight year the Spurs are Western Conference champions and the second-straight year they will face the Miami Heat in the finals. And San Antonio’s Tim Duncan wasted no time declaring that, unlike last season, the Spurs were going to win the title this year.

Duncan and the Spurs fell short to the Heat in seven games last year but it was especially painful because San Antonio had a lead late in Game 6. Ray Allen nailed a three-pointer to cap a furious Heat rally and Miami eventually won in overtime. Miami then won Game 7 95-88.

Duncan had the following to say:

“It’s unbelievable to regain that focus after that devastating loss we had last year. But we’re back here. We’re excited about it. We’ve got four more to win. We’ll do it this time. 

“We’re happy it’s the Heat again. We’ve got that bad taste in our mouths still.”

This will be the first NBA Finals rematch since the Chicago Bulls faced the Utah Jazz for the second time in 1998.

The Heat are the two-time defending champions and have been in the Finals in four straight years and the fifth time overall. This will be the sixth trip to the finals for San Antonio, which won championships in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

The Heat and Spurs split the two games they played this season, but that’s never a good measure of who will take a playoff series. To take down the defending champions, San Antonio will need to get great performances from Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Duncan. That trio must outplay the Heat’s Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals will take place on Thursday night in San Antonio.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Tim Duncan says Spurs will beat Heat in NBA Finals”

  2. I`m taking San Antonio in six.

    By GL on Jun 1, 2014

  3. real basketball fans know the spurs won last year. comebacks are a lot easier when the ref is doing the heavy lifting. year before same story for the celtics. hope you do win outright mr. duncan but i won’t be watching… the crooked ref’s will have me watching mlb and the nhl and ignoring what used to be my sport of choice.

    By jmac on Jun 2, 2014

  4. I’m a bigtime SPUR fan, Love you Tim, but…please, tone it down bro! Heat has all the motivation it needs w/o SPURS giving them more reason to be pumped up! Let the on court action do the talkin!!! GO SPURS!!!!

    By G. Johnson on Jun 2, 2014

  5. I’m really counting on the Spurs to win this year and teach LeBron a lesson in humility since he acts out like an arrogant fool.He’s no king.

    By Rose Thompson on Jun 3, 2014

  6. The Spurs have to be one of the most underestimated and underappreciated dynasties in NBA history.

    Let’s see if they can once again prove their doubters wrong.

    http://sportschump.net/2014/06/05/underestimating-san-antonio-spurs/13950/

    By SportsChump on Jun 5, 2014

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